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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 »


Jonathan Kaufer


David Gilman (screenplay), David Gilman (play)

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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


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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Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Intrigas em Família See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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The teacup held by Professor Harper (Julie Harris) is antique American china made by Stetson called American Beauty. The china was originally sold in grocery stores for pennies a piece, but is now quite valuable. See more »


Matt Carroll: [talking about his musical project that includes a mysterious sound] Well, you know, it's one thing if a peasant child sees the Virgin Mary but this can't laugh off so easily.
Wes Westlund: No, no. Of course not, one doesn't laugh at fraud.
Nancy Westlund: Wes...
Matt Carroll: Extraordinary choice of words.
Kim Matthews: There's no fraud here. Believe me.
Wes Westlund: Believe you? Oh no, that's the point, isn't it? No, I have no reason not to believe you, although I barely know you.
Matt Carroll: There's a statement on belief too. Right? Isn't it?
Wes Westlund: What is?
Matt Carroll: Suspicion of fraud, ...
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A dialogue driven movie that keeps your ears erect!
3 November 1998 | by roakesSee all my reviews

This is a very funny, very sad, verbally intoxicating challenge for four gifted screen actors who take you along through a domestic crisis caused by an untimely visit by a wife's college boyfriend and his current infatuation. It could have been called "The Fifty Dollar Misunderstanding". Only in the last few minutes of screen-time are the stage origins too obvious. I loved this movie.

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