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Caressed (1964)

Sweet Substitute (original title)
Tom is a working-class student in his last year at high school, and hopes to win a scholarship to the university. He and his friend Bill are obsessed with watching women, and blame their ... See full summary »

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(as Laurence L. Kent)

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Cast

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Bob Howay ...
Tom (as Robert Howay)
Angela Gann ...
Elaine
Lanny Beckman ...
Bill
Carol Pastinsky ...
Kathy
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Al (as Bob Silverman)
Don Gardiner
Virginia Dunsaith ...
(as Virginia Dunseith)
Barbara Dalquist
Pat Wilson
Sharon Buncz
Robin Spurgin
Joan Eastzeld
Art Grinkie
Frank Robinson
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Tom is a working-class student in his last year at high school, and hopes to win a scholarship to the university. He and his friend Bill are obsessed with watching women, and blame their lack of success in seducing them on not having a car. Tom studies with the rather plain Cathy, but there is a casual camaraderie between them. Tom goes steady with the buxom Elaine, but never gets very far with her, as she is saving herself for marriage. Eventually Elaine persuades Tom to propose. Meanwhile, Cathy and Tom's playfulness goes too far, and she becomes pregnant. Bill's friends threaten to say that they all had sex with Cathy, if she forces Tom into marriage. Written by Will Gilbert

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This Film Will Shock You, YES! There Has Never Been a Motion Picture That So Boldly Explores the Compulsions of Sexual Frustrations...Told With Honesty and Sensual Realism

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Drama

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10 November 1965 (USA)  »

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Caressed  »

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CAD 15,000 (estimated)
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Referenced in Chappaqua (1966) See more »

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second masterpiece in as many tries...
2 March 2006 | by (Icarus Flats) – See all my reviews

After completing "The Bitter Ash," (which was the second film of Kent's I saw), he then made "Sweet Substitute." In this case, it was the last of his films I was able to get a hold of and I wasn't disappointed at all. This has to be one of the most enduring films to stay with me after viewing (along with "Faces" and it's honesty and sincerity have certainly had a profound effect on me. The characters and plot line both allow the times to shine out with the date of this film, but are relevant today, and being that the piece is ultimately about human relationships, expectations, and insecurities, I believe it will always be a landmark in independent art film. Unfortunately not enough other people have had the good fortune of discovering such great work as I have, but hopefully that will change in the future.


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