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Old Boyfriends

1979, Drama, 1h 43m

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A suicidal psychologist (Talia Shire) travels the country seeking boyfriends (Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine) from her past.

Genre: Drama

Original Language: English

Director: Joan Tewkesbury

Release Date (Theaters): Mar 22, 1979  limited

Runtime: 1h 43m

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Talia Shire

Dianne Cruise

Richard Jordan

Jeff Turrin

Keith Carradine

Wayne Van Til

John Belushi

John Houseman

Doctor Hoffman

Nina Jordan

Dylan Turrin

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Acclaimed as the screenwriter of “Nashville,” Joan Tewkesbury directed a feature film, “Old Boyfriends” (1979), which links a tense, tough road trip to the perilous mental landscape of a woman in her thirties. (A new 35-mm. print screens at Metrograph, Aug. 2-8.) Talia Shire stars as Dianne Cruise, a Los Angeles psychologist who drives cross-country to track down men from her past—including an idealistic filmmaker (Richard Jordan) from college and a coarse rocker (John Belushi) from high school. Dianne’s reckless yet finely calculated mission, haunted by her memories of frustration and abuse, combines exorcism and revenge. Working with a script by the brothers Paul and Leonard Schrader, Tewkesbury deftly balances a discordant range of tones: realistic and symbolic, comedic and tragic, lucid and unhinged. By way of Shire’s masklike performance and a chilling range of point-of-view shots, mirrors, and frames within frames, Tewkesbury evokes a Hitchcockian depth of subjectivity in what is essentially a first-person survey of women’s hidden terrors. It’s her only feature to date; because other planned films went unproduced, she has worked in television instead.

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  1. Old Boyfriends

    Rating: R Genre: Drama Original Language: English Director: Joan Tewkesbury Release Date (Theaters): Mar 22, 1979 limited Runtime: 1h 43m Cast & Crew Talia Shire Dianne Cruise Richard Jordan Jeff...

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    Review: Old Boyfriends Is a Blistering Portrait of a Woman’s Identity Crisis Throughout, Joan Tewkesbury is attentive to the specificities and peculiarities of her actors’ performances. by Keith Watson July 30, 2019 Photo: Rialto Pictures

  3. Old Boyfriends

    They drive in her muscle car to a scenic look-out. Cruise asks Katz to pretend to bully her into having sex, re-enacting an episode from their high school relationship in which he did cajole her into having sex and then subsequently bragged about it to his friends and humiliated her.

  4. Old Boyfriends

    Avco Embassy/Kobal/Shutterstock Acclaimed as the screenwriter of “Nashville,” Joan Tewkesbury directed a feature film, “Old Boyfriends” (1979), which links a tense, tough road trip to the...