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Who Am I This Time? 

From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely-... See full summary »


Jonathan Demme


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (story), Neal Miller (as Morton Neal Miller)

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Episode cast overview:
Susan Sarandon ... Helene Shaw
Christopher Walken ... Harry Nash
Robert Ridgely ... George Johnson
Dorothy Patterson ... Doris
Caitlin Hart Caitlin Hart ... Lydia
Les Podewell Les Podewell ... Les
Aaron Freeman Aaron Freeman ... Andrew
Jerry Vile Jerry Vile ... Albert
Paula Frances Paula Frances ... Minnie
Mike Bacarella ... Stage Manager
Ron Parady Ron Parady ... Vern
Debbi Hopkins Debbi Hopkins ... Christie
Maria Todd Maria Todd ... Heather
Sandy McLeod Sandy McLeod ... Flirt #1
Edie Vonnegut Edie Vonnegut ... Flirt #2


From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely--while on stage. Susan Sarandon is new in town, a lonely itinerant telephone company employee. On a whim, she auditions for and gets the part of Stella to Walken's Stanley when the theater group does A Streetcar Named Desire. Before anyone realizes the growing affection between Helene and Stanley, she falls deeply in love with the sexy brute, not knowing what the real man is like. Written by Reid Gagle (with corrections by Fiona!)

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Release Date:

2 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hinckley, Illinois, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Helene (Sarandon) and Harry (Walken) have a picnic during a rehearsal break, halfway through the film, Harry gets rattled and begins twisting and fluttering his napkin. Sarandon does the same with her own napkin, in mimicry, to show her own nervousness. See more »


[Helene is auditioning for "A Streetcar named Desire," but she reads the lines stiltedly]
Doris: With a little feeling. Now, pretend that George is Stanley, and that you love him very passionately.
[George smiles flirtatiously - in a rugged, manly way, of course]
Doris: On second thought, just try to imagine Stanley. Now, let's take it from where we left off.
[George frowns at Doris, then looks down at the desk, deflated]
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Great rendition of Kurt Vonnegut's short story
28 January 2005 | by ncalzSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorites, I only wish it would come out on DVD. Kurt Vonnegut's early work of fiction aims right at the heart, and he's a crack shot! Chris Walken and Sue Sarandon are marvelous in this light, yet poignant play within a play. Don't we all wish we could unlock the secrets in the heart of the person we love? Vonnegut has written a love story and the cast has made it soar. Production values are almost non existent but it was a PBS show, and the story and characters shine through beautifully. Loved it, and recommend it to everyone I know. In fact, I have shown it to just about everyone I know and it's a favorite with everyone who sees it!

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