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Passions (1984)

A man with a wife and daughter also has a son with another woman. When he dies this little secret is revealed to the wife. She then sets out to make the woman and her son suffer by trying ... See full summary »

Director:

Sandor Stern

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Janet Greek (story), Robin Maxwell (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Woodward ... Catherine Kennerly
Lindsay Wagner ... Nina Simon
Richard Crenna ... Richard Kennerly
Mason Adams ... Ron Sandler
Heather Langenkamp ... Beth
John Considine ... Jack Blaine
Albert Hague ... Peters
R.J. Williams ... Eric
Viveca Lindfors ... Lila
Len Birman ... Sam Cooper
Gloria Stroock ... Theona
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Maggie
John Alvin ... Minister
Hortensia Colorado Hortensia Colorado ... Maria
John Walcutt ... Lim
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A man with a wife and daughter also has a son with another woman. When he dies this little secret is revealed to the wife. She then sets out to make the woman and her son suffer by trying to throw them out of the house he bought for them but now it legally belongs to his wife. And at the same time, the woman wanting to ensure her son's future, she sues his estate for her son's education fund. While they are butting heads, they both discover that they were both deceived by him. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paixões See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An excellent moral parable
24 November 2002 | by fisherforrestSee all my reviews

We have a totally amoral "businessman" who maintains a separate household with a young harlot and her illegitimate son, while continuing to live with his wife of a quarter century, and their daughter. This quasi oriental pasha is struck down in his arrogance by a cerebral hemourage. This leaves quite a mess around him. You might feel sorry for the legitimate daughter until you discover she plans to live in concubinage with a hippie degenerate boyfriend. Well, there is at least one character, with whom you might feel some empathy, played by Joanne Woodward. She plans to support the illegitimate child as if it were her own. Isn't there an old saying: "The sins we do by one and one, we...."?

It certainly isn't a pleasant story, but as a moral parable, it has considerable value. There is into the bargain a very competent cast giving believable performances.

This was shown on Lifetime Cable back in 1989. Just how available it may be now is doubtful, but worth looking for if only for another example of Joanne Woodward's great talent.


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