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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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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

Final John Cassavetes' - Gena Rowlands movie (whilst Cassavetes was alive). Rowlands though did appear in She's So Lovely (1997) which Cassavetes had written and had been produced posthumously after Cassavetes had passed away. 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

Sarah Lawson: Jack, I'm almost not crazy now.
Jack Lawson: I just don't care.
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Referenced in King Kongs Faust (1985) See more »

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Cassavetes wouldn't be possible without Gena Rowlands
12 November 2001 | by juleseeSee all my reviews

There's an amazing scene in this movie where the character played by Gena Rowlands visits an animal farm and buys practically the entire stock. She's heartsick and probably insane, so she becomes ecstatic just because a dog starts licking her hand. This scene reminded me what a great actress Gena Rowlands is. I've seen all of her Cassavetes movies, and she's tough, smart and heartbreaking in all of them. She gets put through the emotional wringer in virtually every movie, but her reactions never seem phony. People might disagree over the value of Cassavetes' movies, but I think everyone could agree that he was very lucky to have her.


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