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Interiors (1978)

PG | | Drama | 2 August 1978 (USA)
Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents' sudden, unexpected divorce.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kristin Griffith ... Flyn
Mary Beth Hurt ... Joey
Richard Jordan ... Frederick
Diane Keaton ... Renata
E.G. Marshall ... Arthur
Geraldine Page ... Eve
Maureen Stapleton ... Pearl
Sam Waterston ... Mike
Missy Hope Missy Hope ... Young Joey
Kerry Duffy Kerry Duffy ... Young Renata
Nancy Collins Nancy Collins ... Young Flyn
Penny Gaston Penny Gaston ... Young Eve
Roger Morden Roger Morden ... Young Arthur
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Judge Bartel
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Storyline

The story of a very dysfunctional family and what happens when the parents divorce. Eve (Geraldine Page) and Arthur (EG Marshall) are a 60-something couple, recently separated. They have three adult daughters - Renata (Diane Keaton), Joey (Mary Beth Hurt) and Flyn (Kristin Griffith). Renata is a poet and is married to Frederick (Richard Jordan). Joey is (reluctantly) in advertising and is married to Mike (Sam Waterston). Joey is a film and TV actress. Eve is an incredibly negative woman and this has had a toxic effect on her children. This results in stifling, unsupportive relationships and joyless lives. Written by grantss

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anhedonia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,432,466, 31 December 1978
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was inspired by, and was modelled on, the films of Ingmar Bergman, particularly Cries & Whispers (1972). See more »

Goofs

When Renata stands up on the beach, she is wearing black pants, not khaki as in the scene. See more »

Quotes

Pearl: I prefer a warmer climate. I even lived in Australia for a year with my sister Faye, when Adam died, but I went nuts! Its dead there.
Mike: I was in Sydney Australia once.
Pearl: Was I lying? Did you like it?
Mike: Well it was just a vacation you know. I was only there a coupla days.
Pearl: Lucky. It's like a morgue. Nothing to do at night; no pizzazz. I couldn't take that.
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Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
(1932)
Written by Fats Waller (uncredited) & Andy Razaf (uncredited)
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
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Sick psyches
18 March 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The three adult daughters of a quiet attorney and an imperious matriarch are alternately offended and benumbed by their parents' divorce and their father's "hasty" decision to remarry (leaving mama to fend for herself, probably something she needs but does not enjoy--there's no one to boss around). Bergmanesque drama from writer-director Woody Allen, who does not appear or even feel present (Pauline Kael of the New Yorker claims his neuroses have been transposed to the mother-character, but I never felt like I was watching something created by Woody Allen). All the actors are quite fine playing characters who are high-strung, uptight, woebegone (yet oddly, never intentionally comical), yet the flatness of the dialogue and the listlessness of Mary Beth Hurt's frequent narration may strain some viewers' patience. Some of the wordy sequences tend to ramble, and what words! Allen has a fixation with non-textbook terms for multiple abnormal psychoses; and no matter how educated Hurt's character is supposed to be, I had trouble swallowing some of the high-brow talk in her third-act put-down of Geraldine Page. The movie--seriously well-scrubbed, sterile and somber--has many conflicts and personality quirks which feel real and intricate, and Page's high society dementia is riveting (alternately, Maureen Stapleton's gaudy low-class is also superb). The three sisters remain enigmas that confound and confuse (each other and the viewer) but Diane Keaton's gritty reserve as the eldest daughter is the one I gravitated towards. Not a masterpiece (as some critics claimed), but certainly not a dud. It's Woody's art-house gambol, a dark one, and it leaves behind a fascinating imprint. *** from ****


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