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The Affair (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 20 November 1973
A crippled lady songwriter meets an older lawyer, who becomes her first love.

Director:

Gilbert Cates

Writer:

Barbara Turner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Wood ... Courtney Patterson
Robert Wagner ... Marcus Simon
Bruce Davison ... Jamie Patterson
Jamie Smith-Jackson ... Jennifer (as Jamie Smith Jackson)
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Frank (as Pat Harrington)
Kent Smith ... Mr. Patterson
Paul Ryan ... Bobbie
Frances Reid ... Mrs. Patterson
Mark Roberts ... Howard
Anna Aries Anna Aries ... Annie Simon
Steve Riskas Steve Riskas ... Peter
Brett Ericson Brett Ericson ... Evan
Robert Stull Robert Stull ... Michael
Anna Karen ... Willa
Paul Pepper ... Engineer
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Storyline

It was love at first sight for Marcus Simon an attorney when he saw Courtney Patterson a 32 year old composer crippled by polio. Marcus tries to slowly and gently remove the emotion barriers Courtney built around herself and give them both a chance at love and happiness. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Natalie Wood was pregnant while making the movie and named her daughter Courtney Brooke Wagner after the character she played. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't See You Anymore
Written by Renée Armand and Jim Gordon
Performed by Natalie Wood
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Help is not forthcoming for Natalie in torpid film
24 April 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Natalie Wood portrays Courtney Patterson, a polio disabled songwriter who attempts to avoid being victimized as a result of involvement in her first love affair, with her partner being attorney Marcus Simon, played tepidly by Wood's real-life husband, Robert Wagner. The film is cut heavily, but the majority of the remaining scenes shows a very weak hand from the director who permits Wagner to consistently somnambulate, laying waste to a solid and nuanced performance from Wood, who also proffers a fine soprano. The script is somewhat trite but the persistent nature of Wagner's dramatic shortcoming is unfortunately in place throughout, as he is given a free hand to impose his desultory stare at Wood, which must be discouraging to an actress. The progression of their relationship is erratically presented and this, coupled with choppy editing, leads the viewer to be less than assured as to what is transpiring, motivation being almost completely ignored in the writing. Although largely undistinguished, the cinematography shines during one brief scene when Wood is placed in a patio and, following the sound of a closing door, remains at the center while the camera's eye steadily pulls away demonstrating her helplessness and frailty. More controlled direction would have allowed the performers, even the limp Wagner, to scale their acting along the lines of an engaging relationship; as it was released, there is, for the most part, an immense lack of commitment.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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