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The Portrait (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 13 February 1993
After a long absence, artist Margaret Church returns to her aging parent's home to finish a portrait of them. Her parents, Gardner and Fanny Church, unbeknownst to Margaret have sold the ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writers:

Tina Howe (play), Lynn Roth (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Gardner Church
Lauren Bacall ... Fanny Church
Cecilia Peck ... Margaret Church
Paul McCrane ... Bartel
Donna Mitchell ... Marissa Pindar
Joyce O'Connor Joyce O'Connor ... Samantha Button
Mitchell Laurance ... Ted Button
William Prince ... Hubert Hayden
Augusta Dabney Augusta Dabney ... Elizabeth Hayden
John Murphy John Murphy ... Charles Wicstrom
Marty McGaw Marty McGaw ... Amelia Wicstrom
John Bennes John Bennes ... Bradley
Ed Lillard Ed Lillard ... Alan
David Chandler David Chandler ... Andre
Lucille Patton Lucille Patton ... Saleswoman
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After a long absence, artist Margaret Church returns to her aging parent's home to finish a portrait of them. Her parents, Gardner and Fanny Church, unbeknownst to Margaret have sold the family home and are moving. While coming to grips with the loss of her childhood home and the memories it held, Margaret must deal with many issues ranging from her father's frequent and disturbing memory lapses, to her feelings of isolation from her parents. Fanny and Gardner are totally devoted to each other and absorbed in their love and life together, making their daughter feel left out. While struggling to get her parents to sit still long enough to paint their portrait, Margaret thinks they don't take her or her painting seriously. A conversation with her father makes Margaret finally come to the realization that her parents love her, appreciate her painting career and that they can't and won't change at their ages. Returning to NY for her premier art showing with the finished portrait, Margaret... Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Painting Churches See more »

Filming Locations:

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

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Turner Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cecilia Peck who is playing Gregory Peck's daughter in the movie, is his real daughter. See more »

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Idyllic family business
7 June 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

They are all three excellent, not just Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck, but also Cecilia Peck as their daughter, an artist, who goes out to visit them to finish a portrait of them which evidently already once had been difficult to complete, the difficulty of which you understand as they pose for her and make themselves thoroughly impossible. But she needs the portrait for her exhibition, she will not have the gallery without it, so she simply has to bear with them and, like in all families, encounter all kinds of personal crises, especiially as the old couple are on the verge to dementia. But it is beautifully made, the sensitivity all through is genuine, the character play is marvellous, and there will even be a reward in the end. This film is not to be missed by all those who have enjoyed various films with Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck since the golden 40s to find them still going strong at 69 and 76.


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