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Bad Manners (1997)

Wes and Nancy are a married academics couple. One day they host Nancy's long-ago lover Matt and his current sexy girlfriend Kim. Matt is a musician and Kim is a computer specialist who ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Kaufer

Writers:

David Gilman (screenplay), David Gilman (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
David Strathairn ... Wes Westlund
Bonnie Bedelia ... Nancy Westlund
Saul Rubinek ... Matt Carroll
Caroleen Feeney ... Kim Matthews
Julie Harris ... Professor Harper
Robin Poley ... First Musicologist
Daniel Koch Daniel Koch ... Second Musicologist
Steve Forbert Steve Forbert ... Coffeehouse Troubadour
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Wes and Nancy are a married academics couple. One day they host Nancy's long-ago lover Matt and his current sexy girlfriend Kim. Matt is a musician and Kim is a computer specialist who helped Matt to make some discovery in his science. Wes suspects Kim of stealing 50 dollars from him and that starts tension, intrigues, mistrust. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Intrigas em Família See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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Final film directed by Jonathan Kaufer. See more »

Quotes

Kim Matthews: You're being a bore.
Wes Westlund: I am a bore. I lead a placid life.
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What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?
Written by Nick Lowe
Performed by Elvis Costello
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Who stole the 50 dollars?
8 February 2001 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

This should not be the question. The writer's intention was to characterize four different types of people and the opinions they have about each other. Who believes whom? Who trusts whom? And who is lying? And why? The German title of the movie means „Little Lies Among Friends` in English, which hits the nail on the head: This story is a small, even a little sadistic view on interhuman relationships and how they are easily destroyed by secrets, lies and misunderstandings.

I really enjoyed the movie, although it's easy to see that it was a play originally; the constellation of characters reminds very much of Albee's „Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?` and many dialogues are longer than usual in movies. Of course, „Bad Manners` lacks Albee's brilliance of language and his mental brutality, but it's a creative approach. Especially David Strathairn's character is very interesting because it's the most unpredictable one.


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