Desperate Characters

Desperate Characters (1971)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1971-09-22
  • User Rating: 4.8/10 from 4 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 37min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: T.D.J. Productions Inc.
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: Frank D. Gilroy
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Sophie and Otto Bentwood are a middle-aged, middle class, childless Brooklyn Heights couple trapped in a loveless marriage. He is an attorney, she a translator of books. Their existence is affected not only by their disintegrating relationship but by the threats of urban crime and vandalism that surround them everywhere they turn, leaving them feeling paranoid, scared, and desperately helpless.

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  • Shirley MacLaine

    as Sophie Bentwood
  • Kenneth Mars

    as Otto Bentwood
  • Sada Thompson

    as Claire
  • Jack Somack

    as Leon
  • Gerald S. O'Loughlin

    as Charlie
  • Chris Gampel

    as Mike Holstein
  • Mary Alan Hokanson

    as Flo Holstein
  • Robert Bauer

    as Young Man
  • Carol Kane

    as Young Girl
  • Michael Higgins

    as Francis Early
  • Michael McAloney

    as Raconteur
  • Wallace Rooney

    as Man on Subway
  • Rose Gregorio

    as Ruth
  • Elena Karam

    as Saleslady
  • Nick Smith

    as The Caller
  • Robert Delbert

    as Hospital Attendant
  • Shauneille Perry

    as Woman Doctor (as Shauneille Ryder)
  • Gonzalee Ford

    as Nurse
  • Patrick McVey

    as Mr. Haynes
  • L. J. Davis

    as Tom
Production Vic Ramos Extras Casting
Art Herbert F. Mulligan Set Decoration
Editing Rick Shaine Assistant Editor
Camera Urs Furrer Director of Photography
Sound Dick Vorisek Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Editing Robert Q. Lovett Editor
Production Michael Haley Assistant Production Manager
Sound Sanford Rackow Sound Editor
Writing Frank D. Gilroy Screenplay
Directing Frank D. Gilroy Director
Production Frank D. Gilroy Producer
Costume & Make-Up Peggy Farrell Wardrobe Master
Art Edgar Lansbury Art Direction
Sound Ron Carter Original Music Composer
Production Paul Leaf Co-Producer
Camera Ronald M. Lautore Assistant Camera
Writing Paula Fox Novel
Directing Roberta Hodes Script Supervisor
Crew James Giblin Transportation Captain
Sound John H. Bolz Sound Mixer
Directing François Moullin Assistant Director
Sound Lee Konitz Original Music Composer
Camera Louis S. Toth, Jr. Grip
Production Norman I. Cohen Production Manager
Directing Norman I. Cohen Assistant Director
Editing Geraldine Fabrikant Assistant Editor
Costume & Make-Up Sarah E. Gifft Costume Design
Production Adeline Leonard Seakwood Production Secretary
Sound Jack Dalton Jr. Boom Operator
Lighting Louis Gerolomi Gaffer
Art Robert Reilly Property Master
Sound Thomas Halpin Sound Editor
Sound Jim Hall Original Music Composer