American Playhouse (1981– )
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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 »

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... Helene Shaw
... Harry Nash
... George Johnson
... Doris
Caitlin Hart ... Lydia
Les Podewell ... Les
Aaron Freeman ... Andrew
Jerry Vile ... Albert
Paula Frances ... Minnie
... Stage Manager
Ron Parady ... Vern
Debbi Hopkins ... Christie
Maria Todd ... Heather
Sandy McLeod ... Flirt #1
Edie Vonnegut ... Flirt #2
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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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2 February 1982 (USA)  »

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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 »

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[after trying to audition, Helene leaves the room, sobs, and then returns]
Helene Shaw: I'm terrible, aren't I?
George Johnson: No! No, you're not, you're fine.
Helene Shaw: [attempting a laugh] No, I'm not. It was awful. I...
George Johnson: You were...
Helene Shaw:
  • It's like I'm a walking ice-box or something.

Doris: Oh, nobody could look at you and say that, dearie.
Helene Shaw: When people get to know me, that's when they *do* say it. I don't want to be the way that I am. I just can't help it. I feel like I'm in... Well, when I get to know somebody nice, you know, like, like in ...
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Spectacular!!
24 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

If I had to to describe this in one word, it would be; Spectacular! This contains possibly the best acting that i have ever seen in my life. I wouldn't hesitate for even a second to recommend this to someone. I didn't think it was possible for a film to out shine the story, but here i have been proved wrong. Once again, Spectacular!


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