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The Neon Ceiling (1971)

A housewife and her teenage daughter, fleeing their boring lives, stops in a diner in the California desert. She runs up against the diner's owner, a gruff, beer-drinking artist whose ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Pierson

Writers:

Howard Rodman (as Henri Simoun), Carol Sobieski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Gig Young ... Jones
Lee Grant ... Carrie Miller
Denise Nickerson ... Paula Miller
Herb Edelman ... Harry
William Smithers ... Doctor Miller
Robert Pratt Robert Pratt ... Ferris Wheel Man
James McEachin ... Highway Patrolman
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Storyline

A housewife and her teenage daughter, fleeing their boring lives, stops in a diner in the California desert. She runs up against the diner's owner, a gruff, beer-drinking artist whose life's work are the neon sculptures he creates and attaches to the ceiling. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1971 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mother & daughter run away from boring lives, stop at diner run by grouch in CA desert, and the three characters develop relationships with each other.
8 November 2008 | by upshawdjSee all my reviews

I'm 47 and I saw this movie on TV when I was 10. I remember the gist of the story- the mother and daughter running away, and the grumpy old man at the diner with the neon ceiling, but the scene I remember the most is when the old guy lets the girl practice driving; it seems to me like she was going around and around the diner, blowing up dust and cussing his old truck. I guess I identified with her. I also remember the old guy's face when he would light up the neon ceiling- he had a look of rapture, and even at 10 years old I recognized that he was opening up to them a part of himself he had kept hidden away, protected. I just liked the movie when I saw it, and would very much like to see it again. For whatever reason it made a lasting impression on me.


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