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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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Genres:

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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Trivia

This movie was able to garner a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for Dame Julie Andrews, the movie's only major nod, but Andrews lost out to Marlee Matlin for Children of a Lesser God (1986). 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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How to rip the guts out of your own work...
24 February 2003 | by Clive-SilasSee all my reviews

...and also make a nonsense of your title. The film is based on a stage play, which is so called because, although a two-hander, it is much closer to being a one-woman show. The stage version was produced for BBC Television with Frances De La Tour, the original star, and is much more worth watching than this sentimentalised claptrap. For one thing, when in a magnificent outburst she attempts to shock the psychiatrist by admitting that she has been "f***ing a totter", part of the power of this is by your wondering what is going on in the head of this refined and cultural woman, for her to be taking a dirty Steptoe-like rag and bone man into her bed. The point is completely lost if you *show* the totter, and what is more cast Liam Neeson in the part!

Kempinski remained on the credits as the screenwriter, so it seems he only has himself to blame for this utter emasculation of what was really an excellent play, loosely based on the shattering loss of Jacqueline Du Pré's art, career and normal life to multiple sclerosis.


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