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Pipe Dreams (1976)

PG | | Drama, Romance | November 1976 (USA)
Pipe Dreams is a 1976 film starring soul singer Gladys Knight in her acting debut as a woman who attempts to regain the love of her husband played by real-life spouse Barry Hankerson. In ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Sherry Bain ... Loretta
Kelly Britt Kelly Britt ... Dirty Diane
David Byrd David Byrd ... Easy Money
Bob Corso ... Mini Guinea
Robert Corso Robert Corso ... Mini-Guinea
Altovise Davis Altovise Davis ... Lydia
Bruce French ... The Duke
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ... Hollow Legs
Barry Hankerson Barry Hankerson ... Rob Wilson
Sylvia Hayes Sylvia Hayes ... Sally
Isabelle Horn Isabelle Horn ... Burly Woman
Arnold Johnson Arnold Johnson ... Johnny Monday
Bruce Kimball Bruce Kimball ... Dave Anderson
Sally Kirkland ... Two Street Betty
Gladys Knight ... Maria Wilson


Pipe Dreams is a 1976 film starring soul singer Gladys Knight in her acting debut as a woman who attempts to regain the love of her husband played by real-life spouse Barry Hankerson. In this drama, her husband must choose between reuniting with her or giving in to pressure of the local boss.

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Gladys Knight makes you feel good when she sings. And now Gladys Knight makes you feel good when she stars in this romantic high-spirited movie! See more »


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November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Nobody But You
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Sung by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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Okay 70s drama
18 May 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Pipe Dreams" has pretty much been forgotten today, and seems unlikely to get a DVD release. It's kind of a shame the movie is now in obscurity, because while it's far from perfect, there is some good stuff here. The Alaska setting gives the movie a fresh background and some nice visuals. And the Gladys Knight songs on the soundtrack are a pleasant addition as well. Speaking of Knight, while I didn't think she was a great actress here, she was pretty good for someone who wasn't a professional actress, and on occasion she really acted out the part of a strong independent woman. However, the screenplay is kind of a mess. As others before have said, the story kind of meanders (though it's never boring.) Also, the relationship between the Knight character and her husband makes a few major shifts that seem too sudden and abrupt. This movie is not great, but it has some pleasing elements.

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