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Not Just Another Affair (1982)

A marine biologist who is celibate. A lawyer whom no woman can't seem to resist. What happens when the two of them meet?


Phil Mishkin (as Philip Mishkin), Rick Podell | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Principal ... Dr. Diana Dawson
Gil Gerard ... Bob Gifford
Robert Webber ... Prof. Wally Dawson
Barbara Barrie ... Martha Dawson
Richard Kline ... Andrew Saul
Markie Post ... Jan Thacker
Albert Hague ... Prof. Zakall
Judy Strangis ... Dee Courso
Ed Begley Jr. ... Warren Krantz
Steve Franken ... Dr. Morton Schiller
Jill Jacobson ... Sophia Theodore
Carmen Zapata ... Judge Mercado
William Dozier ... Julius Thompkins
Joseph Chapman Joseph Chapman ... Norm
Luis Avalos ... Dr. Compos


Dr. Diane Dawson, a 30-something marine biologist, determined to save her virginity until marriage, meets and falls for a certain Bob Gifford, a lawyer who is not used to being rejected sexually and it soon becomes a battle of wills as to who will give in to the other's requests. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance


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Victoria Principal appeared on Johnny Carson to promote the movie in April 1982 while still in production and called An American love affair See more »

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another not so perfect affair
3 February 2003 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

Dr Diana Dawson (Victoria Principal) is a California marine biologist who files a suit against GJS Constructions proposal to escavate the oceanline. The lawyer for GJS is Bob Gifford (Gill Gerrard), a reknowned womaniser, who wants to make Diana a conquest, but Diana is a vowed celibate. She dates him to learn his case strategy but soon both learn to change their behaviour. Will Bob withdraw from the defence citing a conflict of interest? Will Diana testify that she loves him?

Principal looks very beautiful, wearing her hair up for Diana's serious scenes, produces a witches cackle when drunk, and is funny when deflecting the insult of a female rival.

The teleplay by Philip Mishkin, Rick Podell and Michael Preminger make Diana bookish and clumsy, a woman who resents how attractive she is and how it works against her intentions, but also makes Bob aware of his own manipulative behaviour. The hero worship of Bob's friends is adolescent projection, and Diana is given a housemate Dee (Judy Strangis) who is promiscuous but unhappy to enforce the moral superiority of Diana's position, which is a reaction to a prevous betrayal.

Director Steve H Stern uses split screen at one point, but his treatment progressively winds down in energy, only redeemed by the sniping of Diana's soon-to-be divorced parents Wally and Martha (Robert Webber and Barbara Barrie). Stern also uses two songs on the soundtrack by Arthur B Rubinstein with vocals by Barbra Streisand's sister Roslyn Kind.

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2 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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An American Love Affair See more »

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