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Breaking Up (1978)

A wealthy suburbanite's life changes drastically when her husband walks out on her and her children.


Delbert Mann


Loring Mandel
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Remick ... JoAnn Hammil
Granville Van Dusen ... Tom Hammil
Vicky Dawson ... Amy Hammil
David Stambaugh David Stambaugh ... T.C. Hammil
Fred J. Scollay ... Tony
Stephen Joyce ... Gabe
Cynthia Harris ... Edie
Michael Lombard ... Ira
Meg Mundy ... Louise Crawford
Ed Crowley ... George
Linda Sorensen ... Mickey
Kenneth McMillan ... Vancrier (as Ken McMillan)
James Noble ... Haberle
Bruce Gray ... Vic
Lois Markle Lois Markle ... Toby


A wealthy suburbanite's life changes drastically when her husband walks out on her and her children.

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It happened to other women. She thought it would never happen to her. After 16 years of a perfect marriage...her husband said "I'm leaving you."









Release Date:

2 January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eron edess√§ See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A dialogue sequence from this film is heard playing in the background of a threatening phone call made to one of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker/Golden State Killer's victims in Sacramento, California, on the night of 2 January 1978. See more »


JoAnn Hammil: What, are you quoting a book?
Amy Hammil: I see things.
JoAnn Hammil: Well, I'd like to know what.
Amy Hammil: Things I see.
JoAnn Hammil: What? You see him say "Stay at home" and I stay at home. You see him say "Let's move out of the city" and we'd move out of the city.
T.C. Hammil: Mom? I think I'm sick.
JoAnn Hammil: Oh, sit down before you fall down. Oh boy.
Amy Hammil: Looks like, uh, 102.8. Just before 103.
JoAnn Hammil: Oh, call the doctor. Tell him he's got pain in the lower left abdomen. And given the fever and the nausea.
Amy Hammil: Should I call dad?
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It maybe painful to watch
24 March 2019 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

That's the perfect topic for a TV movie destined mainly for housewives in the afternoon. It is a story which many folks can indentify themselves in, this kind of stories happen everyday in every town and country. This is a so close real life tale. I have seen this a thousand times before but I am not tired of it. I would love to see a story about the opposite scheme, a woman deciding to quit her husband and kids. But I guess this very scheme has also already been told about. Lee remick is outstanding in this film. As usual.

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