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Five Finger Exercise (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 8 October 1962 (Sweden)
A long-married couple are at war with each other and with their teenage son and daughter. The presence of a handsome young tutor complicates and sensitizes the savage domestic tensions ... See full summary »

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Daniel Mann

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screenplay), Albert Hackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Rosalind Russell ... Louise Harington
Jack Hawkins ... Stanley Harrington
Maximilian Schell ... Walter
Richard Beymer ... Philip Harrington
Annette Gorman Annette Gorman ... Pamela Harrington
Lana Wood ... Mary
Terry Huntingdon Terry Huntingdon ... Helen
Bill Quinn ... Salesman
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A long-married couple are at war with each other and with their teenage son and daughter. The presence of a handsome young tutor complicates and sensitizes the savage domestic tensions which arise as the secret emotions of members of the family are shockingly revealed. Written by alfiehitchie

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There are many kinds of love...But is there any without guilt? See more »

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Film debut of Jeannine Riley and Patty Regan. See more »

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The hair and clothes of both Walter and Mary are only partially wet when they get back to the house even though they have both been completely immersed in the sea for an extended period. See more »

Quotes

Louise Harington: I won't have you talking to him in that way. I won't have it.
Stanley Harrington: Why not?
Louise Harington: He's a brilliant boy. You talk about your money. Your money had nothing to do with getting him into Harvard.
Stanley Harrington: It didn't hurt.
Louise Harington: It was his brains, his brilliance!
Stanley Harrington: [scornfully] His brilliance!
Louise Harington: You haven't the least idea how to deal with a sensitive person. I understand him. I appreciate him.
Louise Harington: You know what you're doing to him, don't you? You're turning him into a mama's boy. A molly-coddled...
Louise Harington: That's not true!
Stanley Harrington: Any time I wanted to get him ...
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Connections

Version of BBC Play of the Month: Five Finger Exercise (1970) See more »

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NO that is NO Lana Wood as the daughter
4 February 2013 | by jonathan_lippmanSee all my reviews

A girl named Annette Gorman plays the daughter. Miss Wood has a tiny role of one of the two girls on the beach in a few insignificant scenes. Sadly most of the punch of the original play about an English family is left at as some of the other reviews imply. It is a strange mishmash to have a British father and an American mother as they keep trying to explain to us the audience. Shoulda stuck with the original British family but it was produced by the husband of Miss Russell and so she being very American they changed it to a great disadvantage to suit her. Still Miss Russell is a formidable talent and does everything she can to make it an Oscar winning performance in my opinion, that elusive statute that she never did win though two or three nominations. This was not one of them though.


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8 October 1962 (Sweden) See more »

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Bes Parmak See more »

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