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Strapless (1989)

R | | Drama, Romance | 18 May 1990 (USA)
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An expatriate American doctor in London allows herself to lighten up when her freewheeling younger sister and a mysterious man enter her life. Her inhibitions released, the beautiful doctor learns that freedom has its own price.

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David Hare

Writer:

David Hare
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Blair Brown ... Dr. Lillian Hempel
Bruno Ganz ... Raymond Forbes
Bridget Fonda ... Amy Hempel
Alan Howard ... Mr. Cooper
Michael Gough ... Douglas Brodie
Hugh Laurie ... Colin
Suzanne Burden Suzanne Burden ... Romaine Salmon
Rohan McCullough Rohan McCullough ... Annie Rice
Billie Roche Billie Roche ... Gerry
Camille Coduri ... Mrs. Clark
Gary O'Brien Gary O'Brien ... Mr. Clark (as Gary O'Brien)
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ... Hus
Julie Foy Julie Foy ... Nurse
Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence ... Staff Nurse
Cyril Nri Cyril Nri ... Harold Sabola
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Storyline

An expatriate American doctor in London allows herself to lighten up when her freewheeling younger sister and a mysterious man enter her life. Her inhibitions released, the beautiful doctor learns that freedom has its own price.

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Their dreams will become reality. Their fantasies will become obsessions. One remarkable man will change their lives forever. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bez zahamowan See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$764,794
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Amy: They're not meant to stay up, though somehow they do.
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Soundtracks

Black Heart
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Music by John Hyde
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Satisfying a woman's romantic ideal
17 January 2001 | by brosSee all my reviews

If a director wanted to make a movie using the popular conception that what men want is sex, all that would be needed would be an attractive actress and a little bit of a story line. But what if the director wants to turn the tables and make a movie out of the popular conception that what women want is romance? David Hare did and produced the gem Strapless. An ordinary women on vacation meets a handsome, cultivated man who turns out to be attentive, generous and is well versed in the fine art of the pursuit. He is wealthy, has titled friends, is loving, devoted and kind and is surrounded by an aura of mystery with just a hint of danger. In short, the average women realizes the answer to any woman's yearnings, the perfect romantic partner. After meticulously creating the fantasy, Hare shows us the outcome. Blair Brown projects a sense of wonderment that this could be happening to her while Bridget Fonda, early in her career, deftly provides the dose of reality needed to support the romanticism. Bruno Ganz is, in the words of his on-screen foster mother, that rare man that loves women. Carefully scripted and well acted throughout, Strapless is a keeper.


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