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The Personals (1982)

A touching yet humorous tale of a divorced man searching for love in the personals column and finding out about life in the process.


Peter Markle


Peter Markle


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Credited cast:
Bill Schoppert Bill Schoppert ... Bill
Karen Landry ... Adrienne
Paul Eiding ... Paul
Michael Laskin ... David
Victoria Dakil Victoria Dakil ... Shelly (as Vicki Dakil)
Chris Forth Chris Forth ... Jennifer
Patrick Thomas O'Brien ... Jay (as Patrick O'Brien)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph A. Robinson Joseph A. Robinson ... Party person


A magazine publisher in Minneapolis, recently separated, puts a personals ad in The Twin Cities Reader, a free university newspaper. To his surprise, he gets some letters, and starts dating the women. The movie rolls along in a relaxed way, with beautiful views of Minneapolis,, its lakes and promenades.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor por Correspondência See more »


Box Office


$435,000 (estimated)
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The movie is based around "Lake of the Isles" in Minneapolis, Minnesota. See more »


Lotta Love
Performed by Nicolette Larson
Written by Neil Young
(Opening Scene)
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Some people remember this besides me??
12 April 2015 | by imbluzcloobySee all my reviews

I saw this with my sister at the movies back in 1982. We are probably two of a total of seven people in the entire theater. This is not a bad picture. The problem with this movie is that it lacks any star power, charisma or actor beauty. All the players are unknowns. Seriously, does anybody remember a guy named balding, flat cheeked, chubby guy named Bill Shoppert, besides his mom? The movie is dull and plays on old-hackneyed clichés such as the obnoxious Jewish date, the supercilious and cuckolded husband and the nerdy journalist on the rebound. Please, Spare us the ennui. This Indie film is pretentious. However, if you are intere4sted in how people sought relationships back in the 80's, this was the method. Unlike today's slick and online electronic technology, the unexpected anxiety of blind dates was a reality of that era.

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