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That Tender Touch focuses on the twisted break up of lesbian lovers Marsha and Terri who share a contented life together before dissatisfaction invades their Southern California wood-paneled apartment. | Add synopsis »
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Sue Bernard ... Terry Manning
Bee Tompkins ... Marsha Prentis
Rick Cooper ... Ken Manning
Phae Dera ... Wendy Barrett

Dolly Read ... Dodie (as Margaret Read)

Victoria Hale ... Jane
Richard St. John ... Paul Barrett
Tanya Lemani ... Irene Barrett
Roger Heldfond ... Jim
Joe Castagna ... Joe

Directed by
Russel Vincent 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Russel Vincent 

Produced by
George Moskov .... associate producer
Russel Vincent .... producer
Original Music by
David Saxon 
Cinematography by
Robert Caramico 
Film Editing by
Maurice Wright 
Set Decoration by
Wilma Fiolek 
Makeup Department
Kathy Hill .... hair stylist
Ric Sagliani .... makeup artist (as Ric Sagiani)
Production Management
George Collaraffi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Willis .... assistant director
Art Department
Ken Willis .... property master
Sound Department
Keith A. Wester .... sound recordist (as Keith Wester)
Camera and Electrical Department
Al B. Denney .... set electrician
Gene Houchin .... assistant photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meryle Selinger .... wardrobe (as Merle Selinger)
Music Department
Carl Vitalle .... music editor
Eddie Warner .... conductor
Other crew
Berta Durham .... production secretary
Crew believed to be complete

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88 min | USA:79 min (DVD)
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4 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Homophobic , depressing melodrama., 14 March 2009
Author: sonya90028 from United States

When a sophisticated woman named Marcia, befriends a younger, emotionally wounded woman, their relationship blossoms into a love affair. The plot premise revolves around the problems in their lesbian relationship, when the younger woman, named Terry, decides to marry a man. Once Terry is married, she has trouble adjusting to sexual intimacy with her husband.

Meanwhile, Marcia (played with a sullen earnestness by Bee Tompkins) shows up at the home of Terry and her new husband. Seems that Marcia has lost her job, and needs a place to stay, until she can recover financially. While there, Marcia tries in vain to win back Terry's love. As Marcia becomes more desperate in her attempts at reconciliation with Terry, Marcia suffers a psychological collapse, with tragic consequences.

Homophobia was rampant in society, when this film was made in 1969. And so this film has strong negative assumptions, regarding lesbianism. The attitude typically held by mainstream society, was that all a lesbian needed was a good man, to cure her of her 'abnormal' sexual desires. That Tender Touch reeks with that kind of moralistic, homophobic tone.

Thankfully, things have improved markedly for the lesbian community, since 1969. This movie could be recommended as a historical reference, so that today's lesbians can see how far we've come, in terms of social acceptance. Otherwise, this film is overly melodramatic, and a bit depressing.

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