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Steaming (1985)

R | | Drama | 31 May 1985 (UK)
Three female frequenters of a steam room decide to fight its closure.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Nell Dunn (adapted from the play STEAMING by), Patricia Losey (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Nancy
Sarah Miles ... Sarah
Diana Dors ... Violet
Patti Love ... Josie
Brenda Bruce ... Mrs. Meadows
Felicity Dean ... Dawn
Sally Sagoe Sally Sagoe ... Celia
Anna Tzelniker Anna Tzelniker ... Mrs. Goldstein
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Three female frequenters of a steam room decide to fight its closure.

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The final classic from acclaimed director Joseph Losey. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1985 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sauna See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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World Film Services See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

Vanessa Redgrave received top first billing, Sarah Miles received second billing and Diana Dors received third billing. See more »

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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.1047 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Steaming
Music by Richard Harvey
Lyrics by Robin Bextor (as Robin Ellis-Bextor)
Sung by Stephanie De Sykes (as Stephanie de Sykes)
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Could have been sexier, less chatty.
6 September 1999 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

I probably would have never seen this movie if it were not for the fact that I was offered the part of Josie in the stage version. My husband and I sat down to review the film to help me decide if I would venture into my first role with nude scenes. I was partially happy with the film's adaptation and loved the performances. This is a chatty film, perhaps a little too much like the stage version, and the sets (though appropriately drab) could have been spiced up a little. Surprisingly this is not a sexy film at all (not completely devoid of charm and cuteness, the women are on the downhill side of middle age and their personalities only increase their speed down the hill.) I had read some lesbian or bi-sexual overtones into the script that don't translate well in this film. The director could have had the characters more nurturing and gentle with each other in massaging or bathing (unfortunately the film was made in the eighties not the nineties). Influenced by the film, I accepted the stage role. It's the only film I ever saw that influenced me to disrobe in front of family, friends, neighbors, and strangers so that must count for something.


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