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Steambath (1973)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Fantasy  -  4 May 1973 (USA)
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TV adaptation of Bruce Jay Friedman's off-Broadway play. Tandy, Merideth and assorted others unexpectedly wake up in a steambath with no easy exit. After spending some time there, it ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Stephen Elliott ...
Neil J. Schwartz ...
Young Man (as Neil Schwartz)
Patrick Spohn ...
Young Man
Peter Kastner ...
José Pérez ...
Attendant (as Jose Perez)
Shirley Kirkes ...
Young Girl


TV adaptation of Bruce Jay Friedman's off-Broadway play. Tandy, Merideth and assorted others unexpectedly wake up in a steambath with no easy exit. After spending some time there, it becomes clear that the steambath is a sort of Afterlife, where indifferent souls come to tell their stories to God who happens to be the attendant picking up the towels. Written by <>

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They Found God In A Steambath


Drama | Fantasy





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4 May 1973 (USA)  »

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Bill Bixby was given the lead role of Tandy because Bruce Jay Friedman's young son liked him on The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969) TV series. Until that time, Bixby was mainly known for playing comedy, not drama. When approached by producers about who he had in mind for the lead, Friedman named Bixby. See more »


References The Dick Cavett Show (1968) See more »

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21 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The intriguing and imaginative plot, the excellent acting, and the tragedy of this TV adaptation of Bruce Jay Friedman's play not being available for today's audiences have been repeated by several reviewers. They are, in my opinion, all correct in their views about this wonderful, thought-provoking "black" comedy.

I know that at least one reviewer lamented the fact that many reviewers seemed to talk more about the "nudity" than the merits of the play/movie. I have not found this to be so. And, of course, in the version shown in the United States, there is not really any frontal nudity. However, I was fortunate enough to see Ms. Perrine not only when she was performing in Las Vegas, but in the uncut version of "Steambath" that was shown in the UK and on Armed Forces Television throughout the European continent in 1973.

Quite some time ago, after months and months of searching, I finally found the censored American version of "Steambath" on VHS at I could not find it at a site mentioned by another reviewer. Kultur now has this on DVD for $24.99 as of May 2007. I do not know whether it was in response to the requests here and elsewhere to re-release this fine film, but it is now available on such sites such as and for rental on

If ANYONE knows where I can obtain the uncut version shown outside the US, would you please contact me?

Maybe it's just because I'm a guy, but I think that the uncut version should be made available today because it adds to the impact of this insightful character study of the various personalities of the men (and one woman) who are "trapped" in the steam bath room. The uncut version is still very mild compared to what is available today, and it was all done very innocently. However, you knew that you were in for something unusual when Ms. Perrine suddenly appeared in what was apparently a men's shower/steam bath facility and dropped her towel! (You only see her from the waist up whenever she is turned toward you, of course. After all, this was 1973. Nevertheless, Ms. Perrine was facing the camera enough in the uncut version to make a lasting impression on this reviewer!)

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