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The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck (1984)

A shopkeeper is condemned by the police & the press for sleeping with a suspected terrorist.

Director:

Simon Langton

Writers:

Heinrich Böll (novel), Loring Mandel (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlo Thomas ... Kathryn Beck
Kris Kristofferson ... Ben Cole
George Dzundza ... Lt. DeCarlo
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Bob Fuhrman
David Rasche ... Donald Catton
Linda Thorson ... Cory Fuhrman
Edward Winter ... Carl Macaluso
Randy Rocca Randy Rocca ... Det. Gerry Astarte
Christine Estabrook ... Janet Reiss
Steven Williams ... Les Averback
Ron Parady Ron Parady ... James McLandish
William Leach William Leach ... Harry Flynn
Belinda Bremner Belinda Bremner ... Mary Siebel
Mike Genovese ... Sgt. Ornett
Jack McLaughlin-Gray
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A shopkeeper is condemned by the police & the press for sleeping with a suspected terrorist.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Act of Passion See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Alan M. Dershowitz worked as an uncredited consultant on this film. Marlo Thomas asked him if a story like this had ever occurred in the U.S. in modern times. Dershowitz assured her that incidents like this did occur frequently. He wrote a brochure which was sent to television critics that explained that the circumstances were accurate. See more »

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Version of The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) See more »

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Well-cast, cynical anti-media tirade disguised as a character study...
26 September 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Marlo Thomas does a fairly fine job in this television remake of the 1975 German film "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum" in which she plays a single woman who picks up a charming man at a party and takes him home with her; unfortunately, he's a terrorist-suspect under surveillance by the police--and once the marauding press become involved (selling the story as pure sensationalism), the woman's private life becomes headline news. In the film's early scenes, Thomas is flirtatious and lovely, traits which are quickly abandoned once her home is invaded and she's dragged through the proverbial mud. The movie loses its humanity just as Marlo loses her innate sparkle, and the lack of self-effacing humor or light relief of any kind makes the film a heavy wallow. Still, it takes several trenchant, trendy swipes at exploitative journalistic tactics and ends on a thoughtful note.


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