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

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Drama | Thriller

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquel día frío en el 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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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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Altman's First Great Film
7 July 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A rich but lonely woman, Frances Austen (Sandy Dennis), one day invites a boy (Michael Burns) from a nearby park to her apartment and offers to let him live there.

The film was shot in Vancouver for the purpose of getting the rain, which seems odd. Many, many films today are shot in Vancouver, though the weather is not typically a factor. Was this common practice in 1969 or were they pioneering? Although based on a novel, director Robert Altman offered some ideas for the film, and he confessed that some were "awful". Luckily, those ideas were scrapped by star Sandy Dennis and never made it into the film. (Could she be said to be a co-writer? Not quite, but clearly a valuable resource.) Interestingly, the producer was Donald Factor, a member of the well-known Max Factor cosmetics family. His only other part of film history was producing "Universal Soldier" (1971), which starred nobody and was seen by nobody.


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