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Dancing in the Dark (1986)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 October 1986 (USA)
The present unfolds along with scenes from the past in this intense psychological drama about Edna, a woman in the hospital who each day writes down her memories.


Leon Marr


Leon Marr (screenplay), Joan Barfoot (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Martha Henry Martha Henry ... Edna
Neil Munro Neil Munro ... Harry
Anne Butler Anne Butler ... Beautician
Vince Metcalfe Vince Metcalfe ... 'Accountant' Party Guest
Janet Bailey ... Night Nurse
Carole Galloway Carole Galloway ... Dottie Franklin
Marshall Margolis Marshall Margolis ... Lawyer
Florence Catalatio-Carenza Florence Catalatio-Carenza ... Cleaning Lady
Barbara McMullen Barbara McMullen ... Neighbour
Olwyn Chipman Olwyn Chipman ... Policewoman
Alan Rose Alan Rose ... Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brenda Bazinet ... Susan
Rosemary Dunsmore ... The nurse
Elena Kudaba Elena Kudaba ... Edna's roommate
Richard Monette Richard Monette ... The doctor


The present unfolds along with scenes from the past in this intense psychological drama about Edna (Martha Henry), a woman in the hospital who each day writes down her memories. Edna cannot (or will not) talk to her doctor, and nurses have to take care of her ordinary needs, including making her eat when meals arrive. Edna's stark hospital surroundings give way to the bright colors of her home-life as her memories surface while she writes. She is a devoted housewife, an excellent cook, and in love with her husband. Her husband Harry often compliments her on her cooking, fills their conversations with his life at work, and they seem quite normal if perhaps a little boring. But then something happens that will change Edna's attitude toward herself, resulting in a hospital stay, and her stubborn unwillingness to talk.

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typical of a canadian film, but shouldn't be...
15 February 2002 | by snuhmcsnortSee all my reviews

this movie is everything that narrative film in canada has become associated with due to the hyper-rigidity of telefilm/canada tax credit funding projects that have a 'canadian' feel to them. it's dull, bleak, and totally unremarkable in every way, except for it's unremarkleness. if you don't see the 'surprise' ending coming, then you're not the cinephile that this particular existentialist banality would even appeal to.

dull visual hooks, like a pen brandished like a weapon for waaaaaay too long, hallmark the overlong - yet slight - running time. the performances aren't bad, but neither are the performances in thousands of other movies of even marginally more entertainment value. perhaps the story would have been better in the hands of an accomplished director. leon marr did not but marr(sic) the project.

2/10 - being very generous

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17 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bailando no escuro See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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