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Duet for One (1986)

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

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Golan-Globus Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about six years after its source stage play by Tom Kempinski of the same name had been first performed in 1980. Kempinski also co-wrote the screenplay for the picture. 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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Depressive Story of Self-Destruction
22 January 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In London, the famous violinist Stephanie Anderson (Julie Andrews) is unexpectedly struck with multiple sclerosis while playing with her student Constantine Kassanis (Rupert Everett) in a concert. She becomes bitter and depressed with the abrupt end of her career and seeks help with the psychiatrist Dr. Louis Feldman (Max von Sydow). Meanwhile, her husband David Cornwallis (Alan Bates) is distant from her and confesses that he has a love affair with his secretary Penny Smallwood (Cathryn Harrison). Further, he travels in a tour to America with Penny. Then her favorite pupil finds a job in Las Vegas and decides to travel to America. Stephanie begins a journey to self-destruction and gets rid of her trophies, long-play records and her expensive violin and has a love affair with the junk collector Totter (Liam Neeson). When she reaches the rock bottom, she tries to commit suicide. Will Stephanie overcome her depression?

"Duet for One" is a depressive story of self-destruction of a famous violin player. The performances are top-notch, highlighting Julie Andrews in the lead role. It is difficult to understand her relationship with her ex-husband David and Pennie in the end. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Sede de Amar" ("Thirsty of Love")


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