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Duet for One (1986)

R | | Drama | February 1987 (USA)
Stephanie, a famous violin player married to a composer becomes ill from Multiple Sclerosis. Her whole life goes to pieces . Her career ends abruptly, her husband betrays her with another ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

Tom Kempinski (play), Tom Kempinski (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Stephanie Anderson
Alan Bates ... David Cornwallis
Max von Sydow ... Dr. Louis Feldman
Rupert Everett ... Constantine Kassanis
Margaret Courtenay ... Sonia Randvich
Cathryn Harrison ... Penny Smallwood
Sigfrit Steiner ... Leonid Lefimov
Liam Neeson ... Totter
Macha Méril ... Anya
Siobhan Redmond ... Totter's wife
Janette Newling Janette Newling ... Mrs. Burridge
John Delaney John Delaney ... Drunk
Kevin Ranson Kevin Ranson ... Derek
Dorothea Phillips ... Betty
Marcia Linden Marcia Linden ... Gail
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Storyline

Stephanie, a famous violin player married to a composer becomes ill from Multiple Sclerosis. Her whole life goes to pieces . Her career ends abruptly, her husband betrays her with another woman, and her favorite pupil decides to leave for a tour in the U.S. Stephanie tries to take her own life. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duo pour une soliste See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,149, 26 December 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,736
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of Stephanie Anderson (Dame Julie Andrews), for this movie, was changed from its source inspiration, Jacqueline du Pré, from being a Cellist to being a Violinist. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie Anderson: You know I have nothing but contempt for you. Sitting there year after year listening to miserable people like me tell you how the world does destroy them. Have you ever once felt anything like the pain they feel? All the despair...all the fear? You make your living from their suffering and you don't understand a shred of it. Anyone of us is more qualified to speak than you because we have been there. We are still there.
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Referenced in Cannibal Hookers (1987) See more »

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Self-debasement in the face of illness...
7 September 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Virtuoso violinist Julie Andrews loses the flexibility of her fingers and hands due to the "creeping paralysis" of multiple sclerosis, relating the loss of making music to a loss of life; she gives away her possessions, her prospects, even her husband (to the hand of his adoring, bespectacled secretary with the great knees). It isn't enough to call "Duet For One" a lousy movie...it is a mesmerizingly wrong-headed movie, and its general stupidity appears entirely intentional. Tom Kempinski adapted his own play with help from Jeremy Lipp and the film's director, Andrei Konchalovsky, and what was an intimate exercise in melodrama has been blown-up into a solipsistic vehicle for the star-lead. Andrews goes through the expected stages of grief, lashing out in her angry-phase at anyone who pities her--but just as quickly tempering her frustration with a second layer of pity for the friend who feels her pain. She tells everyone their business, including her psychoanalyst (whom she 'teaches' in much the same way as the married stud she has picked-up from the streets). Andrews probably felt this role would enable her to give a multi-shaded portrayal of a woman at the end of her tether, yet the film is so condescending to the audience in its view of MS that we never even meet any of the protagonist's doctors; she appears to suffer in a vacuum. According to the writers, the best way to combat the disease is to play matchmaker and then make a clean exit. There is a dream sequence twenty minutes in that is an unfair trick to play on the viewer, while the supporting cast looks drained and drawn by the hard-edged sentimentality (which is relentless). The filmmakers don't appear to know anything about multiple sclerosis, the disease being used as a theme for a study in character. Since that character is viewed as having a monopoly on personal suffering, the picture quickly congeals into the worst kind of pity party--one with crocodile tears. *1/2 from ****


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