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Separate Ways (1981)

R | | Drama | May 1981 (USA)
A wife unhappy in her marriage begins an affair with an art student, unaware that her husband, a race driver, is also having an affair.

Director:

Howard Avedis

Writers:

Leah Appet (screenplay), Leah Appet (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Valentine Colby
Tony Lo Bianco ... Ken Colby
Arlene Golonka ... Annie Donahue
Monte Markham ... Cliff Johnson
David Naughton ... Jerry Lansing
Jack Carter ... Barney Brodsky
Sharon Farrell ... Karen Haskell
William Windom ... Huey Block
Robert Fuller ... Woody
Walter Brooke ... Lawrence Stevens
Jordan Charney ... Harry Bartoff
Sybil Danning ... Mary
Angus Duncan Angus Duncan ... Allen Haskell
Bob Hastings ... Jack
Noah Hathaway ... Jason Colby
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A wife unhappy in her marriage begins an affair with an art student, unaware that her husband, a race driver, is also having an affair.

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She needed his love -- but had to leave home to get it!

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valentine See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Hickmar Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color
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One More Time
Music by John Cacavas
Lyrics by Bonnie Becker
Performed by Terese Hanses (as Terese Heston)
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Slow-moving marriage drama
5 December 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

SEPARATE WAYS feels like a TV movie version of the kind of film that KRAMER VS KRAMER was - i.e., a slow-moving drama about a marriage in trouble. The plot involves Karen Black, who plays an unhappy housewife who begins an affair with a much younger man. Problems arise as it transpires that her husband is also having an affair, and sparks fly when the truth is uncovered.

This was put out by the notorious Crown International Pictures, so you might be forgiven for expecting this to be full of sleaze and depravity, but it's no such thing. In fact, even the sex and nudity is kept to a bare minimum. It's more of a dialogue-heavy drama, although sadly for me the material isn't really something that grips my attention. While it's nice to see Black in a straight role for a change, she was much more interesting in genre fare like TRILOGY OF TERROR, although a bunch of old-time actors like William Windom and even Sybil Danning do show their faces.


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