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That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 8 June 1969 (USA)
A rich but lonely woman, Frances Austen, one day invites a homeless young man from a nearby park to her apartment and offers to let him live there. However, she has no intention of ever letting him leave again.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Gillian Freeman (screenplay), Peter Miles (novel) (as Richard Miles)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sandy Dennis ... Frances Austen
Michael Burns ... The Boy
Susanne Benton ... Nina
David Garfield David Garfield ... Nick (as John Garfield Jr.)
Luana Anders ... Sylvia
Edward Greenhalgh Edward Greenhalgh ... Dr. Stevenson
Doris Buckinham Doris Buckinham ... Mrs. Ebury (as Doris Buckingham)
Frank Wade Frank Wade ... Mr. Ebury
Alicia Ammon Alicia Ammon ... Mrs. Pitt
Rae Brown ... Mrs. Parnell
Lloyd Berry ... Mr. Parnell
Linda Sorensen ... Prostitute
Michael Murphy ... The Rounder
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Storyline

Robert Altman's sadly neglected film that, along with his later "Images", fits into the unconventional psycho-thriller mold. A bizarre story with Sandy Dennis as a "spinster" who takes in a handsome and seemingly mute young man whose name is never revealed (Michael Burns). She imprisons The Boy (as he is identified in the credits) and supplies his every need, including a prostitute (Luana Anders), whom she brings home for his pleasure. Written by alfiehitchie

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HOW FAR WILL A WOMAN GO...to possess a 19 year-old boy? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

Jack Nicholson was very keen on playing the role of 'the boy'. He even discussed it with Robert Altman in his office. But Altman turned him down: "Jack, I think you're just too old." See more »

Quotes

Frances Austen: I'm not going to get under the covers or anything. I'll just lay on top. I have to tell you something. If you feel that you want to make love to me, it's all right. I want you to make love to me. Please.
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Connections

Remade as No Skin Off My Ass (1991) See more »

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A never mentioned fact
1 April 2006 | by MOSSBIESee all my reviews

What I find remarkable about this terrific film, is that Altman, the crazy and wild guy that he is, took the novel THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK and the Sandy Dennis character was originally a male in the book. He was a mentally whacked out isolated gay who looked out of his apartment window when he spotted the hustler. It is strange that Altman fans aren't aware of how clever he was to change the sex of the main character; thereby avoiding the homo erotic taboos of gay life in the 60's and actually making Dennis' reclusive kind of madness work even better in the transposition.If you see the film again, it will be evident how wily the Altman mind works...


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1969 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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