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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marjorie 'Margie' Delaney
Michael Delaney
Pat Morris
Richard Venture ...
Jack Morris
Dan Delaney
Justin Randi ...
Kerry Delaney
Terry Hinz ...
Mr. De Mora
John Chapin
Dr. Lazerow
Marged Wakeley ...
Ann Chapin
Laura Campbell ...
Beverly Carter ...
Jane Larkin
Frederick Hoffman ...
Paul Larkin
Elaine Princi ...


The marriage of a wealthy, outwardly happy couple is threatened by the husband's alcoholism.

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Release Date:

6 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herkkä, kiivas mieheni  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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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Released On Video As "Hooked"...
11 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

"My Sensitive, Passionate Man" was originally an NBC TV movie, released in 1977. I have a video of this movie (released in 1994) retitled "Hooked." The video is trimmed down to 90 minutes, leaving two key scenes out. The first scene is Janssen tossing Dickinson into their pool, during one of his drunken stupors, while having a party. The following scene was cut as well. It's where the couple are having a heart-to-heart talk & she tells him how much he means to her, & expresses that she's his 'best friend' (this aided in character development). The video is not edited very well. They also had the nerve to put the "Retail" price of $59.95 on the box!!! Aside from the video's shortcomings, this is a compelling story of an alcoholic's downfall & the effects it has on him & his family. Angie Dickinson leaves her saucey Pepper Anderson ("Police Woman") persona aside to play a devoted housewife, & mom to two boys. David Janssen plays her tortured soul/boozehound husband who gives up on life after he's fired from his job in aerospace. He refuses to seek other employment or get long term help for his alcoholism. He's supposed to be 42 years old, but looks about 52 (I don't know if this was intentional but it works in this movie, showing what alcohol abuse can do to someone). In one scene he slaps her, but he's really the one you want to see smacked across the face & knocked some sense into! You know his character is sick, yet he's so obnoxious, pompous, & unlikable it's hard to really feel sympathy for him. (Also,much of Janssen's dialog is mumbled, which can get annoying). It's Angie & their sons you feel bad for. Angie Dickinson is very good in this film. She's a sexy forty-something & looks great! The two kids who play their sons are also good. This was unusual for the 70's because so many child actors were horrible, or annoying (remember Quinn Cummings & Glenn Scarpelli?!) I recommend this movie if you like thought provoking dramas about family life & relationships. (The theme song, sung by Melba Moore & released as a single, is also memorable).

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