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Between Two Women (1986)

When shy school teacher Val and Harry, the son of an aged opera singer, get married, Val quickly discovers that Harry's mother, Barbara, is not very happy with their union. In fact, Barbara... See full summary »

Director:

Jon Avnet

Writers:

Larry Grusin (teleplay), Jon Avnet (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Val Petherton
Colleen Dewhurst ... Barbara Petherton
Michael Nouri ... Harry Petherton
Bridgette Andersen ... Kate Petherton
Danny Corkill ... Sandy Petherton
Steven Hill ... Teddy Petherton
Terry O'Quinn ... Dr. Wallace
Kenneth Danziger ... Charles
Carmen Argenziano ... Robert Walker
Jayne Atkinson
Lora Staley Lora Staley
Angelica Andersen Angelica Andersen ... Young Kate
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Night Nurse
Alexandra Borrie Alexandra Borrie
Brandon Call
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Storyline

When shy school teacher Val and Harry, the son of an aged opera singer, get married, Val quickly discovers that Harry's mother, Barbara, is not very happy with their union. In fact, Barbara tries to separate the couple. But, when Barbara suffers a debilitating stroke, Val's compassion and empathy mend the rift between two women, giving Barbara the will to survive. But will Barbara learn to love her daughter-in-law? Written by Jwelch5742

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Trennung See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Jon Avnet Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Colleen Dewhurst won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Barbara. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monster in a Box (1992) See more »

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13 January 2009 | by guypaul-2See all my reviews

The film does explain the cause of Dewhurst's overbearing nature and there is resolution to the story, though to be more specific than that would be to "spoil." I agree that the tension for most (but not all) of the picture is grueling, but the end product is one of the most realistic portrayals I've seen of what it is like to provide in-home care for a family member. I was glad that the characters weren't Hollywood-obvious "good" and "bad" and that the plot wasn't tied in a neat and tidy (tiresome and clichéd) manner. The choice of opera in the soundtrack and the inclusion of W.B. Yeats poem, "The Second Coming" is especially powerful.

There's a lot between-the-lines here too about vulnerability in the guise of brashness, masking insecurity with micro-management, and how the sins of one generation are spilled to the next. This is a film worth watching several times.


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