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The Lady from Yesterday (1985)

A man (Rogers) with a wife (Bedelia) and two daughters and a flourishing career is visited by a woman (Chen) whom he had an affair with when he was in Vietnam. Who reveals to him that they ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Rogers ... Craig Weston
Bonnie Bedelia ... Janet Weston
Pat Hingle ... Jim Bartlett
Barrie Youngfellow Barrie Youngfellow ... Rita Bartlett
Blue Deckert ... Sam Horton
Bryan Price Bryan Price ... Quan
Tina Chen ... Lien
Ruth Kobart ... Ida
Paul Menzel Paul Menzel ... Howard Ames
Nicole Benton Nicole Benton ... Kimberly Weston
KaRan Neff Reed KaRan Neff Reed ... Abby Weston
Beulah Quo Beulah Quo ... Mai Ling Luong
James Crittenden James Crittenden ... Steve Addison
H.F. Stone H.F. Stone ... Nurse
Maggie Egan Maggie Egan ... Kay


A man (Rogers) with a wife (Bedelia) and two daughters and a flourishing career is visited by a woman (Chen) whom he had an affair with when he was in Vietnam. Who reveals to him that they have a son and that she wants him to take him (their son). Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

14 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher do Passado See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Predictable But Nicely Done By All Involved.
13 August 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Craig Weston (Wayne Rogers) is happily married to Janet (Bonnie Bedelia), whose father (Pat Hingle) is Wayne's boss and owner of a large Houston-based international construction firm. The couple has two young daughters, a beautiful home in Houston, and a secure future, but all of this might be expunged after a Vietnamese woman with whom Craig had a love affair in Saigon during the War there, ten years prior, arrives in Texas to confront him with a surprise package - a son from their liaison, along with a request to assume custody of the youth because she is dying of leukemia. It becomes immediately clear that this is an unabashed melodrama in the trite soap opera manner but, because of strong contributions from cast and crew, there are few dull passages, the actors giving their best efforts to pull what they can from what is rather weak material, with the accomplished Bedelia gaining performing honours for her intensely detailed turn as Craig's bewildered wife, whose comfortable existence is challenged by unexpected events. Direction by Robert Day is leisurely as is appropriate for milking the tepid screenplay, and production quality for this piece made for television is generally high, particularly noteworthy efforts coming from dependable Mark Snow for his illustrative scoring, and from Judy Summers for well-crafted designing and employment of colour, while editor Ira Heyman in his final assignment and costumer Donna Barrish in her first are quite skillful, and whereas substantial cutting does not serve to elevate the below standard and predictable storyline, it makes of this fare a satisfactory experience for a viewer.

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