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The Late Liz (1971)

GP | | Drama | September 1971 (USA)
Religion changes a woman's attitude towards alcohol.

Director:

Dick Ross

Writers:

Bill Rega (screenplay), Gert Behanna (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Baxter ... Liz Addams Hatch
Steve Forrest ... Jim Hatch
James Gregory ... Sam Burns
Coleen Gray ... Sue Webb
Joan Hotchkis Joan Hotchkis ... Sally Pearson
Jack Albertson ... Gordon Rogers
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Laura Valon
Don Lamond Don Lamond ... Steve Blake
Buck Young ... Logan Pearson
Lee Delano ... Joe Vito
Stephen Dunne ... Si Addams (as Steve Dunne)
Reid Smith ... Alan Trowbridge
William Katt ... Peter Addams (as Bill Katt)
Virginia Capers ... Martha
Alvy Moore ... Bill Morris
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Religion changes a woman's attitude towards alcohol.

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She Was Living Only For Today

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Drama

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Although he receives third billing on-screen, James Gregory (who plays the heroine's father) was entirely cut out of the release print that played theaters but appears on home video; the film was originally screened for Hollywood trade press at nearly a half-hour longer and was presumably cut following complaints it ran too long. See more »

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Anne Baxter shines in religious-themed melodrama
13 July 2019 | by r-shastaSee all my reviews

A sincere melodrama that has the look and feel of a TV movie, although it played in theaters around the U.S. between 1971 and 1975. The religious-themed story attempts to show how alcoholism and drug addiction nearly claims the life of a bored socialite (Liz Adams, well played by Anne Baxter), and how Liz via the encouragement of her son and a friendly pastor comes to know God as she embraces a new, sober life. While the film's message is upbeat, THE LATE LIZ is most successful in its more sensationalized first half, as we watch the excessively drunk Liz go through two husbands, alienating one of her sons in the process and hitting all the stereotypical step-downs into a life of degradation and an overdose. The profound change that comes over her mid-movie seems rather pat and all too quick in comparison, although Liz is happily in a much better place. The uneven supporting cast includes a sour looking Steve Forrest as Liz's angry plastic surgeon husband, a cameo appearance by Jack Albertson as the pastor, Bill Katt who is good as Liz's more accepting son who also finds God as a soldier in the Vietnam War; and several familiar faces acting faux drunk at Liz's many high class parties. Foster Brooks, who was well-known in the 1970s as a comic drunk character, scores in a dramatic scene at one of the parties.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una nuova vita per Liz See more »

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Dick Ross Productions See more »
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