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A Sensitive, Passionate Man (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 6 June 1977
The marriage of a wealthy, outwardly happy couple is threatened by the husband's alcoholism.

Director:

John Newland

Writers:

Rita Lakin (teleplay), Barbara Mahoney (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angie Dickinson ... Marjorie 'Margie' Delaney
David Janssen ... Michael Delaney
Mariclare Costello ... Pat Morris
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Jack Morris
Todd Lookinland ... Dan Delaney
Justin Randi Justin Randi ... Kerry Delaney
Terry Hinz Terry Hinz ... Mr. De Mora
Rhodes Reason ... John Chapin
Richard Bull ... Dr. Lazerow
Marged Wakeley Marged Wakeley ... Ann Chapin
Laura Campbell Laura Campbell ... Rachel
Beverly Carter Beverly Carter ... Jane Larkin
Frederick Hoffman Frederick Hoffman ... Paul Larkin
Craig Littler ... Roy
Elaine Princi Elaine Princi ... Cindy
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The marriage of a wealthy, outwardly happy couple is threatened by the husband's alcoholism.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herkkä, kiivas mieheni See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The theme selection, titled "My Sensitive, Passionate Man," which Melba Moore performed, is notable for having had David Janssen himself collaborate, on the writing of its lyrics, with Carol Connors, who in turn collaborated with Bill Conti to compose its music. See more »

Soundtracks

My Sensitive, Passionate Man
Music by Carol Connors & Bill Conti
Lyrics by David Janssen & Carol Connors
Sung by Melba Moore
Arranged by Jerry Peters for Buddah Records (BMI)
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Excellent.
10 June 2006 | by crashpoint1See all my reviews

Perhaps this telefilm was so good because of David Janssen's own battles with alcohol that, within three years would play a role in taking his own life. Janssen was always an underrated actor, but this was the defining role of a highly successful television career.

In the picture, Janssen plays an unemployed aerospace engineer who has lost his zest for life and finds solace in the bottle. While the audience wants to scream at the character for giving up when he was so much to live for... a sexy wife (Angie Dickinson), a nice home and two great kids, the character simply cannot see what he has to live for. This, and Janssen's performance, are the primary reasons for the quality of this film.

Janssen, in particular, is dynamite in the tragic story. He looks older than the character is supposed to be and his boozy dialogue is delivered perfectly. One scene, in particular stands out. After a while on the wagon, Janssen convinces Dickinson that it's okay to have a little cooking wine. You know the rest.

A heartbreaking story of a man with everything to live for, but who is too blind to see it and simply cannot imagine his life without alcohol. Janssen is riveting.


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