Desperate Characters

Desperate Characters (1971)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1971-09-22
  • User Rating: 5.3/10 from 6 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
Directing Frank D. Gilroy Director
Writing Paula Fox Novel
Production Frank D. Gilroy Producer
Camera Urs Furrer Director of Photography
Editing Robert Q. Lovett Editor
Art Edgar Lansbury Art Direction
Art Herbert F. Mulligan Set Decoration
Production Paul Leaf Co-Producer
Costume & Make-Up Sarah E. Gifft Costume Design
Writing Frank D. Gilroy Screenplay
Directing Norman I. Cohen Assistant Director
Directing François Moullin Assistant Director
Production Michael Haley Assistant Production Manager
Directing Roberta Hodes Script Supervisor
Camera Ronald M. Lautore Assistant Camera
Production Adeline Leonard Seakwood Production Secretary
Sound John H. Bolz Sound Mixer
Sound Jack Dalton Jr. Boom Operator
Lighting Louis Gerolomi Gaffer
Camera Louis S. Toth, Jr. Grip
Art Robert Reilly Property Master
Crew James Giblin Transportation Captain
Costume & Make-Up Peggy Farrell Wardrobe Master
Production Vic Ramos Extras Casting
Editing Geraldine Fabrikant Assistant Editor
Editing Rick Shaine Assistant Editor
Sound Thomas Halpin Sound Editor
Sound Sanford Rackow Sound Editor
Sound Dick Vorisek Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Production Norman I. Cohen Production Manager
Sound Ron Carter Original Music Composer
Sound Jim Hall Original Music Composer
Sound Lee Konitz Original Music Composer