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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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 ... 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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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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DIFFICULT TO WATCH, BUT COMPELLING
26 July 2002 | by jmorrison-2See all my reviews

A searing portrait of alcoholism. I haven't ever seen a movie quite like this. An unsparing, brutal look at middle-class alcoholism and it's effects on life, job, loved ones, health, etc.

David Janssen plays an Aerospace Engineer who loses his job. He, obviously, gains his self-worth from his job, and now, he is pretty much adrift. He treats his pain with old reliable, alcohol. This time, however, he has no career to prop him up. His slow sink into alcohol devastation is played out slowly and painfully. The effect on his wife (Angie Dickinson) and his kids is heartbreaking, and very difficult to watch.

This is a movie with no happy endings, but is a fascinating and honest (for its day) look at the ugly, underside of alcoholism.

Remarkable performances by Janssen and Dickinson. An overlooked gem.


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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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