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Love Streams (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama | 24 August 1984 (USA)
Two closely bound, emotionally wounded siblings reunite after years apart.

Director:

John Cassavetes

Writers:

Ted Allan (play), Ted Allan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gena Rowlands ... Sarah Lawson
John Cassavetes ... Robert Harmon
Diahnne Abbott ... Susan
Seymour Cassel ... Jack Lawson
Margaret Abbott Margaret Abbott ... Margarita
Jakob Shaw Jakob Shaw ... Albie Swanson
Eddy Donno ... Stepfather Swanson
Joan Foley Joan Foley ... Judge Dunbar
Al Ruban Al Ruban ... Milton Kravitz
Tom Badal Tom Badal ... Sam the lawyer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Allan Julie Allan ... Charlene
Doe Avedon ... Mrs. Kiner
Frank Beetson Frank Beetson ... Cashier
Neil Bell Neil Bell ... The Dog Man
Gregg Berger ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

The film describes a few days in the life of the writer Robert Harmon and his sister Sarah. The decadent life of Robert is made of alcohol, cigarettes, and short-time relationships with women; women he interviews for a book, he spends a weekend with at a casino or fall in love with for the fun of an evening. Having no constraints, he his unable to be responsible for anything including the care of his son, leaving him alone in an hotel room and teaching the 8-years old boy how to drink. His life is made of his own phantasms as an artist. His sister is divorcing from her husband because of her exuberant and insane behavior. She scares her daughter Debbie who prefers to stay with her father, a decision that hurts Sarah very deeply and reinforces her nervous breakdown. Most of the movie takes place in the house of Robert. We watch Robert and Sarah struggling with their own lives. As the movie progresses, the house gets empty little by little... Written by Cyril Aubaud (cyril_aubaud@yahoo.fr)

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A line of dialogue is repeated several times in Love Streams (1984) which is . . . "love is a stream - it's continuous, it doesn't stop". See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) The camera crew can be seen clearly behind the taxi when Sarah brings the animals home to her brother. See more »

Quotes

Robert Harmon: Love is dead. Love is a fantasy little girls have.
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Alternate Versions

The French DVD release and the German videotape run at 135 minutes (PAL TV). See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Buried Treasures - 1987 Edition (1987) See more »

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the best film I've ever seen
5 August 2005 | by acmebooksSee all my reviews

having seen and studied all of cassavete's films repeatedly i must say this is my favorite and one of his very best. there is such a wonderful array of emotions going on here and complex character development. we have his amazing camera, the stunning long takes of faces smiling staring really in the moment like no other acting i have ever seen on the big screen. each series of decisions by the protagonists gets us further involved in their struggles and triumphs. this film is very challenging for first time cassavetes' viewers, but well worth returning to year after year. cinema just doesn't get this good. if you like to think and want something really unique and special check this out.


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