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T.R. Baskin (1971)

GP | | Drama | 25 April 1972 (UK)
An enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city, and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.


Herbert Ross


Peter Hyams


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Credited cast:
Candice Bergen ... T. R. Baskin
Peter Boyle ... Jack Mitchell
James Caan ... Larry Moore
Marcia Rodd ... Dayle
Erin O'Reilly ... Kathy
Jane Alderman Jane Alderman ... Marsha
Joyce Mandel Joyce Mandel ... Linda
Fawne Harriman Fawne Harriman ... Alice
Hope Hommersand Hope Hommersand ... Eilene
Marrian Walters ... Interviewer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Crittenden Linda Crittenden ... Receptionist
Tom Erhart Tom Erhart ... Landlord
Pamela Hoffman Pamela Hoffman ... Receptionist
James Kodl James Kodl ... Doorman
Sandy Lipton Sandy Lipton ... Saleslady


An enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city, and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.

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Dear Mom & Dad, Have gone to Chicago to seek fame and fortune. Don't wait up. - Love, T.R.




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Release Date:

25 April 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Date with a Lonely Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)
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When asked what the initials T.R. stand for, the heroine responds Thelma Ritter. A fitting tribute to this greatest of character actresses. See more »

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Amazing Time Capsule
31 January 2018 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

Chicago, early 1970's, looking gloomy and dangerous, and unfriendly. Young T.R. arrives in the Windy City hoping to find fame, fortune, or at least a decent and interesting life,far from her hometown of rural Ohio. Candice Bergen turns in a performance that you just have to love; her character T.R. has such an offbeat, yet witty sense of humor, and she is a real go-getter, a modern, free-thinking 70's girl who wants to make it on her own. The movie has an interesting structure, in that it begins midway through her adventure. By the time she is hooked up with Peter Boyle (another terrific performance) in the hotel room, she has already been in Chicago for a while and has experienced a lot. We learn of her experiences as she relates them to her "blind date," always with a sharp sense of sarcastic humor. The question the viewer has is, who is this mysterious guy Larry who arranged this odd meeting of strangers, and why would a gorgeous young woman like Bergen agree to meet an unknown man in his hotel room? Well we find out through flashbacks, of T.R. getting her office job, and becoming acquainted with the city, moving into a cheap tenement apartment, and finally, meeting a man, (James Caan) who sweeps her off her feet,and exposes just how naive and innocent T.R. really is... "T.R. Baskin" is truly a superb time capsule; it completely encompasses the mores and attitudes of the 1970's. Filled with location shooting around Chicago, always a fascinating city, like New York during that decade. T.R. makes us think about life, about the mistakes we make when we are young, and in the end, she brings a tear to our eyes as we see her inevitably lose the innocent quality that made her move to the big city in the first place. I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. It's filled with colorful, funny characters and much insight. Sadly this is a forgotten title, never released for purchase on dvd or even VHS as far as I can tell. The copy I managed to track down is poor, and murky and the picture even jumps for about 10 minutes somewhere in the middle. Strangely this washed out old copy actually adds to the film's already nostalgic feel. I hope "T.R. Baskin" gets rediscovered, as it truly is a lost gem with an amazing cast.

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