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Five Finger Exercise (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 8 October 1962 (Sweden)
A long-married couple are at war with each other and with their teenage son and daughter. The presence of a handsome young tutor complicates and sensitizes the savage domestic tensions ... See full summary »

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Daniel Mann

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Frances Goodrich (screenplay), Albert Hackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rosalind Russell ... Louise Harington
Jack Hawkins ... Stanley Harrington
Maximilian Schell ... Walter
Richard Beymer ... Philip Harrington
Annette Gorman Annette Gorman ... Pamela Harrington
Lana Wood ... Mary
Terry Huntingdon Terry Huntingdon ... Helen
Bill Quinn ... Salesman
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A long-married couple are at war with each other and with their teenage son and daughter. The presence of a handsome young tutor complicates and sensitizes the savage domestic tensions which arise as the secret emotions of members of the family are shockingly revealed. Written by alfiehitchie

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There are many kinds of love...But is there any without guilt?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1962 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinco Amores See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Five Finger Exercise" by Peter Shaffer opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on Dec. 2, 1959, and ran for 337 performances. See more »

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The hair and clothes of both Walter and Mary are only partially wet when they get back to the house even though they have both been completely immersed in the sea for an extended period. See more »

Quotes

Louise Harington: I won't have you talking to him in that way. I won't have it.
Stanley Harrington: Why not?
Louise Harington: He's a brilliant boy. You talk about your money. Your money had nothing to do with getting him into Harvard.
Stanley Harrington: It didn't hurt.
Louise Harington: It was his brains, his brilliance!
Stanley Harrington: [scornfully] His brilliance!
Louise Harington: You haven't the least idea how to deal with a sensitive person. I understand him. I appreciate him.
Louise Harington: You know what you're doing to him, don't you? You're turning him into a mama's boy. A molly-coddled...
Louise Harington: That's not true!
Stanley Harrington: Any time I wanted to...
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Version of BBC Play of the Month: Five Finger Exercise (1970) See more »

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Misguided film of a wonderful play.
10 April 2001 | by kallahanSee all my reviews

What a terrible shame that this film of Peter Shaffer's amazing play was turned into an uneventful melodrama. The amazing dynamics of the five character's interaction on-stage, has been reduced in the film to a domestic, "kitchen sink" drama. Perhaps the close of the Second World War was too close at hand for the film maker and the studio to really trust the power of the play and the horrors of the Nazi Germany. The English family is American in the film, which takes most of the punch from the drama, and the erotic undercurrents of the mother /son relationship pitched against the German tutor, Walter have been set aside. With the raw emotional core of the drama removed, what sadly remains is a stereotypical, Hollywood drama with little true emotion and a film that sadly serves the startling brilliance of the play.


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