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A Rage to Live (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 November 1965 (Sweden)
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A woman's sexual compulsions threaten to destroy her marriage.

Director:

Walter Grauman

Writers:

John T. Kelley (screenplay), John O'Hara (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Suzanne Pleshette ... Grace Caldwell Tate
Bradford Dillman ... Sidney Tate
Ben Gazzara ... Roger Bannon
Peter Graves ... Jack Hollister
Bethel Leslie ... Amy Hollister
Carmen Mathews ... Emily Caldwell
Linden Chiles ... Brock Caldwell
James Gregory ... Dr. O'Brien
Ruth White ... Mrs. Bannon
Mark Goddard ... Charlie Jay
Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall ... Connie
George Furth ... Paul Rutherford
Virginia Christine ... Emma
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Storyline

Grace Caldwell, a young Pennsylvania newspaper heiress living with her widowed mother, has trouble restraining herself when it comes to the amorous attentions of young men. As word starts to spread about her behavior, Grace becomes a major source of heartache for her mother and a big source of concern to her brother, Brock. One evening, at a Christmas party, Grace meets Sidney Tate, a gentleman farmer. They fall in love, and he asks her to marry him. Grace accepts, but only after making it clear that there are some things about her past she's not at all proud of. Sidney is taken aback by Grace's candid admission, but still wants to marry her. Grace promises to be faithful to Sidney; it's a promise she has every intention of keeping, until a former casual acquaintance, Roger Bannon, re-enters her life. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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The story of Grace Caldwell Tate really began in the back seat of a car... ...and went from man...to man...to man... See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1965 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

John O'Hara's A Rage to Live See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Mirisch wanted his " West Side story " Maria, Natalie Wood, to play the lead. See more »

Quotes

Grace Caldwell: All right, you win. You get your dull little story off your big manly chest, but you make it fast, huh?
Roger Bannon: Right.
[pause]
Roger Bannon: From the first time I saw you -- and that was five years ago, when I worked for Lanigan and Doyle -- I haven't been able to stop looking. Not that I wanted to stop. Looking at you became one of the big pleasures of my life. Maybe the biggest. It got so I had you memorized. But I didn't realize that until I was overseas for a while. Then, all the other things began to get hazy. ...
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Rage To Live
Music by Art Ferrante and Lou Teicher
Lyrics by Noel Sherman
Performed on two pianos by Art Ferrante (as Ferrante) and Lou Teicher (as Teicher)
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Trash with many notable TV stars
30 October 2004 | by GMJamesSee all my reviews

I caught "A Rage to Live" on the fly while switching channels. The film was not very good. I thought it was a lower-grade version of the lush, trashy, morality tales like Butterfield 8. (Both movies were based on novels by John O'Hara.) Suzanne Pleshette does her best as the nymphomaniac who tries to overcome her insatiable appetite towards men.

What got to me while watching this movie was how many of these actors appeared in other TV programs. Starting with Ms. Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show) Bradford Dillman, who plays Pleshette's husband (according to IMDb, he's appeared in over 90 TV programs), Ben Gazzara (Run for Your Life), Peter Graves (Mission: Impossible), Mark Goddard (Lost In Space), James Gregory (Barney Miller), Virginia Christie (Mrs. Olsen in the Folger's Crystals coffee commercials of the 60s and 70s), and, in an uncredited role, Brett Somers (Match Game, The Odd Couple). Even director Walter Grauman is known in television as a workhorse. He's credited with directing over 200 television movies and shows.

In the end, I did not have much fun watching this turgid drama but it was lot of fun playing TV trivia.


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