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Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 May 1970 (USA)
Junie Moon's face has been disfigured by ill-gotten burns, and depends on her friends and her with to cope. She, Warren, and Arthur leave the hospital - they yearn for independence - and ... See full summary »


Otto Preminger


Marjorie Kellogg (novel), Marjorie Kellogg (screenplay)
1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Tippit ... Dr. Miller
Guy Sorel Guy Sorel ... Dr. Gaines
Clarice Taylor ... Minnie
Liza Minnelli ... Junie Moon
Barbara Logan Barbara Logan ... Mother Moon
Ben Piazza ... Jesse
Robert Moore ... Warren
Ken Howard ... Arthur
Anne Revere ... Miss Farber
James Coco ... Mario
James Beard James Beard ... Sidney Wyner
Elaine Shore Elaine Shore ... Mrs. Wyner
Leonard Frey ... Guiles
Angelique Pettyjohn ... Melissa
Kay Thompson ... Gregory


Junie Moon's face has been disfigured by ill-gotten burns, and depends on her friends and her with to cope. She, Warren, and Arthur leave the hospital - they yearn for independence - and find a house to live in. Together they stumble into adventures involving the local fish vendor, nosy neighbors, surreptitious vacations, love, and frustration in finding jobs as they face subtle prejudices in their community, and their own particular medical problems. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly, Massachusetts, USA See more »


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Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A scene calls for the character of Mario (played by James Coco) to drive his truck in the scene in which Mario and Junie look for the Ken Howard character. James Coco did not have a license and told Preminger this. In response, Preminger is reported to have yelled, "A grown man who doesn't have a driver's license!" Coco said he has never felt so small in his whole career. See more »


[last lines]
Mario: [to a dog] I know this is tough for you, but you're going to like me... a lot. It takes a lifetime, and don't you forget it.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits roll over folk singer Pete Seeger walking through the woods with his guitar and singing the film's theme song, "Old Devil Time". See more »


The Rake & Work Your Show
Music by Philip Springer
Lyrics by Estelle Levitt
Performed by Pacific Gas & Electric
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Freaky character study of three freaks
20 January 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

This flick, based on Marjorie Kelloggs' obscure novel, is a dated yet poignant character study of three misfits who rent a house and live together: a young woman whose face has been disfigured by a psychotic date, a crippled homosexual, and a boy-next-door looking epileptic. Coming at the end of the 60s, this flick is full of various stylistic flourishes that were considered avant-garde then but look anacronistic and pretentious(as well as strange)now. Otto Preminger had a solid reputation, but this film shows that his skills were on decline. The film jumps back and forth from the present lives of the three, first in the hospital where they all are being treated and then in their run-down communal house, to bizarre flashbacks to their pasts(the flashback of the paraplegic when he remembers his upbringing by a gay fashion photographer is near camp). The epileptic's memories of being placed in an institution by his parents are truly weird: he is the age he is in the movie, and everyone else is in BLACK AND WHITE! A good ten years before MTV, these technical shenanigans just looked weird(and still do now). These weird flashbacks and other freaky devices distract from what should be a simple story about three people with limited emotional resources relying on each other and trying to survive with dignity in an uncaring world. Which is not to say that that doesn't come through in part, but it would have been more effective without the arty flashbacks. Liza Minnelli's stint as a dramatic actress was probably squashed by this film--after JUNIE MOON, what else is there? Supposedly, this one isn't available on video. This one might have a shot at being some kind of cult film, at least among Liza Fans, or connoisseurs of sixties cinema, or something.

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