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Griffin and Phoenix (1976)

Geoffrey Griffin who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer in his chest, meets Sarah Phoenix as they both attend a university lecture on the psychology of dying. Sarah Phoenix has got ... See full summary »


Daryl Duke


John Hill
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Geoffrey Griffin
Jill Clayburgh ... Sarah Phoenix
John Lehne John Lehne ... George Griffin
Dorothy Tristan ... Jean Griffin
Ben Hammer ... Dr. Feinberg
George Chandler ... Old Man
Milton Parsons ... Professor
Irwin Charone Irwin Charone ... Dr. Thompson
John Harkins ... Dr. Glenn
Randy Faustino Randy Faustino ... Randy Griffin
Stephen Rogers Stephen Rogers ... Bob Griffin
Rod Haase Rod Haase ... Usher
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Dr. Harding
Sally Kirkland ... Jody
Russell Shannon Russell Shannon


Geoffrey Griffin who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer in his chest, meets Sarah Phoenix as they both attend a university lecture on the psychology of dying. Sarah Phoenix has got terminal leukemia, but Griffin doesn't know that, and she doesn't know that he is terminally ill. They start spending time together and fall in love, both struggling with their fate. This is the beginning of a beautiful and sad love story! Written by Henrik Petersen "Henrik1980"

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Release Date:

27 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phoenix Loves Griffin See more »

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ABC Circle Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The movie was made for television but was an enormous hit and ended up having a limited theatrical release the same year. See more »


Remade as Griffin & Phoenix (2006) See more »

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My old friend who eventually died
15 October 2009 | by rezakazemi2See all my reviews

When I was an 8 years old boy, owning video set was forbidden in my cursed country, Iran. Those days we were at eight years war with Iraq. In such bad situation, old movies on Betamax video tapes were our family's only fun whereas that was so risky due to country's law .You would have been arrested if it was proved that you have videotapes at home. My father was MD and one of his clients used to rent tapes although illegally. I watched so many great movies, mostly classics, in this way in that time. One of most memorable movies among them was "Griffin & Phoenix: A love story". It was a dubbed version & Its Persian title was "The kite" apparently because of emphasized presence of that motif in the storyline. This name had remained on this movie since before Iranian revoloution in 1979. After I saw the movie; I was stuck into that although I was so little. I watched that Betamax tape over & over again in the next years. Oh my god! It was amazing! The film's impact on me sustained so. I don't know anything about my childish reaction to this movie but now, I certainly can say It's brilliant, a film in the mood of 70s nihilistic cinema with anarchistic characteristics. This movie just made after a highly admired movie, "Love story" by Arthur Hiller, and after that Swedish director, Roy Anderson, Had made his own version of love story in the title of "A Swedish love story". "Griffin & Phoenix: A love story" is a deconstructive adaptation of love story, having less sentiment & added some intelligence with a mentored attitude toward the life. The message is straight: Nothing will be remaining from human except those moments spent on delight and love. I don't believe in an outside realm. All we can get is in this life although all the things have to be faded away gradually, Likewise me, likewise my Betamax videotapes. Unfortunately I have no longer a version of my lovely favorite movie. Sad but true.

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