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Intimate Strangers (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 11 November 1977
The pressures of problems at home and at work are taking a tremendous toll on a middle-aged husband, and he begins to take it out on his wife.

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Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard Shapiro), Esther Shapiro
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Weaver ... Donald Halston
Sally Struthers ... Janis Halston
Tyne Daly ... Karen Renshaw
Larry Hagman ... Mort Burns
Melvyn Douglas ... Donald's Father
Brian Andrews ... Chris Halston
Quinn Cummings ... Peggy Halston
Julian Burton ... Dr. James Morgan
Ellen Travolta ... Marilyn Burns
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Bridget
Regis Cordic ... Simpson, Rest Home Director
James Keane ... Rusty Fenton
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh
Barbara Harris Barbara Harris ... Charlotte Ames (as Barbara Iley)
Jack Stauffer
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The pressures of problems at home and at work are taking a tremendous toll on a middle-aged husband, and he begins to take it out on his wife.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battered See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Wife-abuse drama far ahead of its time
18 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Written by the astute Shapiro team (husband and wife, Richard and Esther), this TV-made drama involves Dennis Weaver abusing wife Sally Struthers, sometimes in front of their two kids, and how everyone covers up--desperate to keep this ugly secret in the closet. Many years before "The Burning Bed" came this less-sensational suburban nightmare with concerns which are unfortunately timeless. Dennis Weaver does solid work. As for Sally Struthers, she became something of a punchline in the 1990s with her over-the-top TV commercials, yet as an actress during this era she was very brave (her character here is a world apart from Gloria on "All In The Family"). As a straightforward, no-nonsense examination of abuse, "Intimate Strangers" is harrowing, dramatic food-for-thought designed for grown-up people.


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