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Love is only the beginning.
The sex therapist, Spaulding Gray, is very successful. Beautiful women are lining up to see him. He seduces his clients. And they are all very happy. He has a secret technique, which is not that secret. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Craig Sheffer ... Joseph

Sheryl Lee ... Maria

Terence Stamp ... Baltazar

Casey Siemaszko ... Tanner

Spalding Gray ... Alfred

Leigh Taylor-Young ... Redhead

Lois Chiles ... Eva

Blu Mankuma ... Nick
Ken Camroux ... Hank
Pamela Perry ... Dottie
Eli Gabay ... Carlos

Molly Parker ... Connie

Hiro Kanagawa ... Doctor
Merrilyn Gann ... Motel Woman

Gillian Barber ... Therapist

Peter Kelamis ... Neighbor
Norman Armour ... Patient
David Glyn-Jones ... Priest
Quincy Welch ... Boy (as Quincy)
Carson Welch ... Boy
Serena Bodnar ... Girl

Kristin Lehman ... Scope / Steps Woman
Akesh Gill ... Therapy Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer-Juniper Angeli ... Tanner's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Directed by
Lance Young 
Writing credits
Lance Young (written by)

Produced by
Matthew O'Connor .... executive producer
Allyn Stewart .... producer
Lisa Towers .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek 
Cinematography by
Mike Molloy 
Film Editing by
Allan Lee 
Casting by
Glenn Daniels 
Production Design by
David Fischer  (as David Lloyd Fischer)
John Willett 
Art Direction by
William Heslup 
Eric Norlin 
Set Decoration by
Barry Kemp 
Mary-Lou Storey 
Costume Design by
Heidi Ross 
Jori Woodman 
Makeup Department
James D. Brown .... hair stylist (as James Brown)
Marianne Coates .... assistant makeup artist
Rosalina Da Silva .... makeup artist
Gina Sherritt .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Lisa Towers .... production manager
Essy Niknejad .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Hardy .... first assistant director
Carl Mason .... trainee assistant director
Shirley-Anne Parsons .... second assistant director (as Shirley Parsons)
Roger Scott Russell .... third assistant director (as Roger Russell)
Carie Wallis .... trainee assistant director (as Carrie Wallis)
Art Department
Sandy Arthur .... set decorator buyer
David Asmodeus .... assistant property master
Mario Battista .... assistant set dresser
Frank Bodeck .... dresser
Nicole Chorney .... set decorator buyer
Janet Clark .... assistant set decorator
Diarmuid Conway .... on-set dresser (as Dermuid Conway)
Grant Cotterall .... scenic carpenter
Sean DeSalliers .... laborer
Mitch Devon .... carpenter helper
Mark Ennis .... carpenter helper
Debbie Erhardt .... assistant property master
R.D. 'Luther' Fairbairn .... property master (as R. D. Luther Fairbairn)
Daniel Frisk .... laborer
Erik Gerlund .... assistant set decorator (as Erik Rene Gerlund)
Dan Hanen .... lead hand
Jennifer Hill .... property buyer
Ed Jensen .... dresser
Alex Kameniczky .... draftsman (as Alexander Kameniczky)
P.K. MacCarthy .... storyboard artist (as Kevin McCarthy)
Malcolm MacLean .... paint coordinator
Francis Mallette .... scenic painter (as Frances Mallette)
Steve Martin .... scenic carpenter (as Steven Martin)
Mark McDermott .... scenic carpenter
Sam McMaster .... construction foreman
Tony Moscovitch .... scenic carpenter
Gillian Murray .... set decorator buyer
Michael Nemirsky .... draftsman
Peter Prince .... scenic carpenter
James Purvis .... dresser (as Jim Purvis)
Michael Raycevick .... plasterer
Jan Reeves .... painter foreman
Grace Rourke .... scenic artist
Jenny Seinen .... scenic painter
Brian Shell .... construction coordinator
Macleod Sinclaire .... on-set dresser
Peter Sysoev .... scenic painter
Ray Taylor .... lead hand (as Ray 'Skippy' Taylor)
Eileen Telfer Rennick .... scenic painter (as Eileen Telfer Rennich)
Elmar Theissen .... lead painter
Bart Uphill .... scenic painter
David Webber .... location lead carpenter
Peggy Allen Winslow .... head greens person
Frank Haddad .... head greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound editor
Marc Chiasson .... adr editor
Mark Cookson .... sound editor
Serge Djang .... foley actor
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Ezra Dweck .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Vincent Guisetti .... foley actor
Steve Hollenbeck .... sound editor (as Steven Hollenbeck)
Dessie Markovsky .... sound designer
Dessie Markovsky .... supervising sound editor
Michael McGee .... sound mixer
T.A. Moore Jr. .... foley mixer (as Tom A. Moore Jr.)
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound effects mixer (as Tom A. Moore Jr.)
Charles O'Shea .... boom operator
Iain Pattison .... group adr recordist
Mark Seagraves .... adr editor
Xavier Sol .... sound editor
Brent D. Winter .... sound editor
Kris Fenske .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mark Mentiply .... special effects assistant
Randy Shymkiw .... special effects coordinator
Scott R. Treliving .... special effects rigger (as Scott Treliving)
Keith Wardlow .... special effects assistant
Jak Osmond .... special effects first assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joe Fisher .... production coordinator: Rainmaker Imaging Co.
Ken Hayward .... digital artist: Rainmaker Imaging Co.
Christine Petrov .... digital artist: Rainmaker Imaging Co.
Gary Walker .... digital compositing supervisor: Rainmaker Imaging Co. (as Gary L. Walker)
Bruce Woloshyn .... digital artist: Rainmaker Imaging Co. (as Bruce G. Woloshyn)
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Jim Dunn .... stunt double: Craig Sheffer (uncredited)
Jacob Rupp .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Barber .... rigging grip
Fraser Boyle .... best boy
Richard Buckmaster .... lamp operator
Cory Budney .... camera trainee
Stephen S. Campanelli .... Steadicam operator (as Steve Campanelli)
John Clothier .... Steadicam operator
John Clothier .... camera operator
Barry Donlevy .... gaffer
Attila Fritz .... camera trainee
David Goyer .... lamp operator
Brenda Haggerty .... underwater second assistant camera
R.K. Hill .... key grip (as R. K. Hill)
Pierre Hubert .... dolly grip
Christina Kasperczyk .... second assistant camera
John Kuchera .... dolly grip (as Brent J. Kuchera)
Doug Lavender .... second assistant camera
Vince Laxton .... rigging gaffer
Alan Markfield .... still photographer
Richard G. Mason .... underwater camera operator (as Richard Mason)
Nathaniel Massey .... Steadicam operator
Blair McDonald .... best boy
Klaus Melchior .... video playback
Cam North .... underwater first assistant camera
Tobias A. Schliessler .... additional photography (as Tobias Schliessler)
Trig Singer .... camera operator
Vince Uytdehaag .... generator operator (as Vincent A. Uytdehaag)
Mark Willis .... grip
Darren Wong .... grip
Michael Wrinch .... focus
Sarah Baldwin .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Chris Cochrane .... generator operator (uncredited)
Stewart Hadley .... gaffer (uncredited)
Sam Osborne .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Sandra Couldwell .... extras casting
Michael Greer .... casting associate: USA
William Haines .... casting associate: Canada
Candace S. McPherson .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tess Brummitt .... set costumer (as Teresa Brummitt)
Jennifer Grossman .... costume set supervisor
Heidi Ross .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Gay Black .... negative cutter
Bruce Giesbrecht .... first assistant editor
Ellen Gram .... second assistant editor (as Ellen G. Shumiatcher)
Caroline Hardon .... first assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Nancy Elizabeth McKenzie .... post-production coordinator (as Nancy McKenzie)
Lorie Olson .... film conformer
David Orr .... color timer
Michael Smith .... film conformer (as Mike Smith)
Bonni Devlin .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Marta Boberska .... soprano
Krzesimir Debski .... composer: additional music
Krzesimir Debski .... conductor: Sinfonia Varsovia
Krzesimir Debski .... musician: violin
Krzesimir Debski .... orchestrations
Mark Ferris .... violin consultant
Andrzej Jagodzinski .... musician: piano
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek .... music producer (as Jan A. P. Kaczmarek)
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Pawel Losakiewicz .... musician: solo violin
Rafal Paczkowski .... score mixer
Rafal Paczkowski .... score recordist
Jacek Urbaniak .... musician: flute
Sinfonia Varsovia .... music performers
Zbigniew Zbrowski .... orchestra contractor
Richard Ziegler .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David R. Anderson .... transportation captain (as David Anderson)
Elaine Barrett .... transportation co-captain (as E. A. Barrett)
Mark Boiko .... camera car driver
Bill Bowe .... driver
Brad Bowe .... driver: grip / electric
Dave Bowe .... transportation coordinator
Brian Boyer .... driver: camera truck (as Brian J. Boyer)
Sean Brennan .... driver: hair / MU / wardrobe (as Shaun Brennan)
Duncan Callander .... driver: set decorating (as Duncan Callendar)
Tony Hadzis .... driver: construction
Lee Harris .... driver
Ron Lacroix .... driver: cable truck (as Ron Locroix)
Keith Noble .... driver: honeywagon
Jan Tayler .... driver: cast
Lorrie Ward .... camera car driver
Other crew
Colette Aubin .... second assistant production coordinator
Pam Bailey .... chef: Reel Appetites Ltd.
Paul Barkin .... location scout
Glenn Bottomley .... location production assistant
Kerri Boyce .... accounting clerk
Bill Burns .... location scout
Lynda Chapple .... location scout
Dixie Cutler .... unit publicist
Mark Dumas .... animal coordinator (as Mark Weiner Dumas)
Truddi Forrest .... choreographer (as Trudi Forrest)
Gisele Fredette .... craft service (as Giselle Fredette)
Gisele Fredette .... first aid (as Giselle Fredette)
Janice Frome .... location manager
Philip Fuldauer .... assistant production coordinator
Benjamin Glenday .... stand-in (as Ben Glenday)
Anne Gordon .... fly wrangler
Carole Jensson .... assistant chef: Reel Appetites Ltd. (as Carol Jensson)
Sue Kittler .... location production assistant
Jake Klein .... assistant: Sheryl Lee
Christine Lalande .... script supervisor (as Christine LaLande)
Matreya Langton .... stand-in
Kevin 'C.D.' Lawton .... office production assistant (as Kevin [C. D.] Lawton)
Norman Leggatt .... dance instructor
Deanna MacCarthur .... location production assistant
Bill Marlor .... security captain (as William Marlor)
Doreen Marlor .... dance instructor
Lloyd Marlor .... security
Carl Mason .... location production assistant
Colin L. McCarthy .... assistant location manager
Wayne McDonell .... location scout
Nancy Elizabeth McKenzie .... second assistant production coordinator (as Nancy McKenzie)
Bernadette Meyers .... location scout
Woodrow Morrison .... location production assistant
Julia Neville .... production coordinator
Michael O'Connor .... assistant: Matthew O'Connor (as T. Michael O'Connor)
Patrick O'Neal .... assistant: Lance Young
John Pantages .... group adr: The Background
Stephanie Rossel .... script supervisor
Lizzie Scheck .... assistant: Allyn Stewart
Gwyn E. Shipman .... assistant location manager (as Gwyn Shipman)
Eleanor Simpson .... assistant chef: Reel Appetites Ltd.
Rachael Taylor .... location production assistant
John Tierney .... stand-in
Mary Anne Waterhouse .... production accountant (as Mary Anne McCarthy)
Patricia D. Williams .... assistant production accountant
Francis Yehoun .... location production assistant
Ian Doig .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Tim Moshansky .... location scout (uncredited)
Simon St. Laurent .... opticals: Film Opticals (uncredited)
Ma Jaya Bhagavati .... special thanks
Ivana Chubbuck .... special thanks (as Ivanna Chubbuck)
Tim Ford .... special thanks
David Hauka .... special thanks
Evan Katz .... special thanks
Jeff Kleeman .... special thanks
Christopher Meledandri .... special thanks (as Chris Meledandri)
Lynn O'Hare .... special thanks
Steve Rabineau .... special thanks
Kate Simmons .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Hard Technique" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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Rated R for graphic sex scenes with strong sex-related dialogue, and for language (edited for re-rating)
103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Mexico:C | New Zealand:R18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:NC-17 (original cut)

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Bliss is a good movie about real people, 14 June 1999
Author: FOLKART from Sydney Australia

Movies made about problems in sex in marriage usually draws expressions of horror, or we don't want to know about it. Bliss explores one area, and there are many, of one cause and it is not uncommon, and a remedy other than traditional medicine to fix that problem.

Critics have called Bliss educational to laughable and even soft porn. Foxtel Australia (released on cable May 1999) say the truth lies in- between. Foxtel saw fit to censor several scenes of the cable version, which in my opinion completely destroyed the Director's main plot and visual effects to tell the real story of something quite different in the use of another therapy, Tantric therapy. I obtained my own uncensored copy so my comments are based on visual scenes and dialogue on the therapy used, very limited but the basics are there.

The film was dedicated to Pauline; Maria's characterisation could have been Pauline. There are many Pauline's in this world that have had help or still need it.

The dialogue exchanged between Joseph (Craig Sheffer) and Tanner (Casey Siemaszka) on the wedding day when Joseph said, Maria (Sheryl Lee)"she has some problems". She sleeps with a fly swatter [little bugger], cleans the house twice a day, locked bathroom door, suicidal, neurotic, compulsive. Oh! how I know about bathroom doors and neurosis.

Maria's nonchalance of her wedding day to her Mother is obvious when she shrugs her shoulders and regurgitates. This is when the plot starts to unfold Maria's mannerisms and idiosyncrasies (getting her Father to check if there is a snap undone), the nervousness and stomach upset.

Through the gateway from this borderline psychotic state (we learned this later on) that Maria has, sometimes ends in Depression, and Baltazar Vincenza (Terence Stamp) stops Maria going there with the use of the ancient art of Tantric lovemaking, so it seems. It didn't take much to work out that if Maria had more therapy from the staid and clinical Alfred (Spalding Gray) she may have ended up on the wrong side of that borderline.

There are some lighthearted scenes and dialogue because this movie, Bliss, is about real people, real problems and real things. The scene on the building site is especially real where Carlos and Nick advise that Baltazar Vincenzahas have 4-6 women on the hour and every hour per day and teases all of them. The uniniated into tantalic doctrine would find this perhaps laughable.

The scene in the hospital where Maria is pouring out the reasons she is there is a gem. This explanation of Marias' problems comes late into the film, but that's the way it seems the Director wanted it, and it captures my imagination to find the reasons later.

The on screen chemistry and interactions of Sheryl Lee as Maria, and Mark Scheffer as Joseph capture the moments magically.

The special artistry of capturing what matters by Australian Cinematographer Mike Malloy (A Clockwork Orange) is again done with due care and in good taste in some of the explicit scenes, where it is important to explain visually the method of this chosen therapy.

Terence Smart invigorates the movie as Baltazar Vincenza, confidently played with clear diction, precise timing (cup of tea) (like to dance) (I promise) reminiscent of the transvestite Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, realising a different role once again.

Alfred, well played by Spalding Gray as the run of the mill, we will get it fixed by conventional therapy eventually. Until Joseph asks about Baltazar Vincenza, and then the sparks fly and the film enters a new panorama of drama, explanation and entry into a New World of therapy.

This movie has a tight script, well directed, excellent acting, and a very different way of surrounding the plot with something different to fix a common problem in marriage. It is a scene that few wish to be in, Vincenza (to Joseph), why do you put so much into it when you get so little back? Indeed, I know what he means.

Lance Young worked with production executives of Warner Bros. And Paramount and no doubt saw some fabricated screen plots, so he took to writing his own screenplay about real things and people. He no doubt found this hard and personal, but the end result in Bliss was worth the effort.

The film, in my opinion is educational to someone who knows the problems of Maria and the adoration a husband like Joseph places on his partner and marriage. The more it is viewed, the better and educational it gets, rather than having to read and view many volumes of text and videos on the subject of Tantric lovemaking, a subject that has it's poo-hoo critics.

I will be waiting eagerly for Lance Young's sequel to this excellent movie, if any.

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