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Misunderstood (1984)

PG | | Drama | 30 March 1984 (USA)
Busy and often absent father must take care of his two boys after his wife dies. They all live in Tunisia because of their father's job. The older boy is handling the difficult changes much better than the younger one.

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg

Writers:

Barra Grant, Florence Montgomery (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Ned Rawley
Henry Thomas ... Andrew
Rip Torn ... Will
Huckleberry Fox ... Miles
Maureen Kerwin ... Kate
Susan Anspach ... Lilly
June Brown June Brown ... Mrs. Paley
Helen Ryan ... Lucy
Nadim Sawalha ... Ahmed
Nidal Al-Askhar Nidal Al-Askhar ... Mrs. Jallouli (as Nidal Ashkar)
Khaled Akrout Khaled Akrout ... Electronic Shop Owner
Rajah Gafsi Rajah Gafsi ... Ali-Baroutta Cafe Owner
Moheddine Mrad Moheddine Mrad ... Kassir
James R. Cope James R. Cope ... Mr. Grace
Halima Daoud Halima Daoud ... Aisha
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Storyline

Busy and often absent father must take care of his two boys after his wife dies. They all live in Tunisia because of their father's job. The older boy is handling the difficult changes much better than the younger one.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Besoin d'amour See more »

Filming Locations:

Tunisia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$916,967, 1 April 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,525,532
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is a remake of a 1967 Italian movie starring Anthony Quayle. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Paley: [spoon-feeding soup to the small boy] Now just a little bit more. Do it for baby Jesus.
Miles: Baby Jesus wouldn't eat this rotten junk.
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Odd setting and stifled performances make for an uncomfortable family weeper...
15 May 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Two young brothers, motherless and now relying on their workaholic father, try becoming closer to their only surviving parent while stationed in Tunisia. Director Jerry Schatzberg, working from an incredibly dull screenplay by Barra Grant, via Florence Montgomery's novel, never shakes the lead out, and the picture seems stillborn as a result. Henry Thomas, one of the most intuitive child actors of this era, doesn't match up well with Gene Hackman; the two are supposed to be estranged, but there's no connection between them at the finale, either. A depressing experience, with the curious location not helping matters. * from ****


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