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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 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 Rae Brown ... Mrs. Parnell
Lloyd Berry ... Mr. Parnell
Linda Sorensen ... Prostitute
Michael Murphy ... The Rounder
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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 young man (Michael Burns) who is pretending to be mute. She imprisons the boy and supplies his every need, including a prostitute (Luana Anders), whom she goes out and brings home for Burns' pleasure. Written by alfiehitchie

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For Miss Frances Austen it happens "That Cold Day in the Park." See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquele dia frio no parque 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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The film met with scathing reviews. Indeed one of the film executives who hired Robert Altman told him that if he had seen the kind of film the director would ultimately deliver, he never would have hired him in the first place. 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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Referenced in No Skin Off My Ass (1991) See more »

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An extremely underrated psycho-thriller directed by a pre-fame Robert Altman.
12 July 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'That Cold Day In The Park' is an extremely underrated psycho-thriller directed by a pre-fame Robert Altman. Sandy Dennis (who Altman would eventually reunite with on 'Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean' in the early 80s) plays Frances Austen, a repressed thirty-something woman who is trapped in a boring bourgeois life after the death of her mother. She becomes fascinated by the sight of a young man (Michael Burns) who sits in the park getting soaked in the rain. After her guests leave she invites him into her home to get warmed up, and after discovering that he is mute an odd relationship develops between them. We soon find out that he he has the power of speech, but she is none the wiser, and his silence allows her to open up a little. After that things get well, complicated. I don't want to spoil what follows but it's fascinating to watch the events unfold, and Dennis' performance is terrific. Sadly she passed away in the early 1990s, Sean Penn's terrific 'The Indian Runner' being her last movie. I know nothing about Michael Burns, but he is also very good, and the supporting cast includes small but important roles from Altman regular Michael Murphy and cult actress Luana Anders ('Dementia 13', 'Easy Rider', 'Greaser's Palace'). 'That Cold Day In The Park' has been neglected for far too long. It's an excellent movie which I highly recommend.


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