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Because He's My Friend (1978)

An American military man moves his family to Australia to undergo training in submarine warfare, providing new challenges for his wife and their developmentally disabled son.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Peter Schreck, Pamela Stone (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Anne
Keir Dullea ... Eric
Jack Thompson ... Geoff
Tom Oliver Tom Oliver ... Ian
Barbara Stephens Barbara Stephens ... Meg
Don Reid Don Reid ... Commander Lacey
Warwick Poulsen Warwick Poulsen ... Peter
June Salter June Salter ... Val
Tony Wager ... Navy Doctor
Michael Long Michael Long ... Matt
Thomas J. McCarthy Thomas J. McCarthy ... Sam (as Tom McCarthy)
Ray Meagher ... Kevin
Kevin Howard Kevin Howard ... Officer No. 1
Barry Donnelly Barry Donnelly ... Planesman
Alan Faulkner Alan Faulkner ... Seaman No. 1
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An American military man moves his family to Australia to undergo training in submarine warfare, providing new challenges for his wife and their developmentally disabled son.

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Love is a diamond forged under the pressure of living

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1978 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Under Pressure See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A very moving story
15 November 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I really like this story, unfortunately not very known and strangely made by Ralph Nelson for Australia audiences. Only the late Karen Black and Keir Dullea as leads from USA.

This film talks of the difficulties encountered by a couple with their mentally retarded child. A typical topic for a TV movie, already spoken about for sure. But that doesn't matter, the approach may be different from a feature to another. For instance it is shown here the impact that fact could have on the professional skill of the husband. You see he is a sergeant aboard a submarine. And the scene where one of his superior asks him about his retarded child and the difficulties that occurred, this sequence is quite disturbing, because you may think that could also have bad consequences on the husband's - Dullea - military duty, the way he manages the stress aboard the submarine, with all the responsibilities that means.

And this TV movie is also a little expose about submarine crews. For instance, you learn that if one of the men aboard had some problems with the underwater life, they can ask for a surface affectation, without any disturbances on their career.


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