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Intimate Strangers (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 11 November 1977
The pressures of problems at home and at work are taking a tremendous toll on a middle-aged husband, and he begins to take it out on his wife.

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Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard Shapiro), Esther Shapiro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Donald Halston
Sally Struthers ... Janis Halston
Tyne Daly ... Karen Renshaw
Larry Hagman ... Mort Burns
Melvyn Douglas ... Donald's Father
Brian Andrews ... Chris Halston
Quinn Cummings ... Peggy Halston
Julian Burton ... Dr. James Morgan
Ellen Travolta ... Marilyn Burns
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Bridget
Regis Cordic ... Simpson, Rest Home Director
James Keane ... Rusty Fenton
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh
Barbara Harris Barbara Harris ... Charlotte Ames (as Barbara Iley)
Jack Stauffer
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The pressures of problems at home and at work are taking a tremendous toll on a middle-aged husband, and he begins to take it out on his wife.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battered See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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early wife abuse drama
8 September 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Before we heard a lot about wife beating, this excellent film depicted it from both sides and explored the issue. Sally Struthers is the abused wife, and Dennis Weaver is the confused and sometimes out of control husband. Tyne Daly is great in a supporting role as a friend of the wife.

Weaver does a wonderful job in depicting the husband and making him sympathetic. It is almost painful to watch his torment. He is a man deeply troubled by what it means to be a man, having picked up some bizarre signals in his childhood. As his life's frustrations come to a boil, he takes it out on Struthers, sometimes in front of their children. As his wife eventually struggles for independence, she engenders his jealousy as well as his anger.

This is an very moving and well done film for television. Highly recommended.


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