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Intimate Agony (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 21 March 1983
Doctor Kyle Richards takes a job managing an office in the Hamptons where herpes runs rampant. He is frustrated by the community's denial and decides to go public with the epidemic to raise public awareness about the problem.


Paul Wendkos


Richard De Roy (teleplay), James S. Henerson (teleplay) (as James Henerson) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Geary ... Dr. Kyle Richards
Judith Light ... Marsha
Mark Harmon ... Tommy
Arthur Hill ... Dr. Holliston
Brian Kerwin ... Nick Todd
Penny Fuller ... Joanna Fairmont
Cindy Fisher ... Kate Fairmont
Lori Lethin ... Connie Todd
Robert Vaughn ... Dave Fairmont
Shawn Schepps ... Lisa Corwin
Harrigan Logan Harrigan Logan
Rebecca Birken Rebecca Birken ... Ginny
Leigh Christian Leigh Christian ... Marilyn
Norma Donaldson Norma Donaldson ... Dr. Bryce
James S. Henerson James S. Henerson ... Bartender (as Jim Henerson)


A young doctor (Anthony Geary) takes a summer position managing an older doctor's office on a resort island in the Hamptons where he makes the disturbing discovery that herpes is running rampant throughout the affluent community. As Dr. Richards gets to know people better he learns just how much this silent epidemic has hurt real people. He is frustrated by the community's denial and makes the bold and extremely unpopular decision to go public with the epidemic to raise greater public awareness about the problem. Written by Dollanganger

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Better than you might think
1 September 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Knowing that "Intimate Agony" was an early '80s made for television movie that dealt with the hot topic of herpes, I was prepared for a treatment that would come across as somewhat campy thirty years later. But for the most part, I didn't find it that way. While there are a few brief nervous giggles here and there, the movie overall comes across as a serious and sober look at a sensitive topic. The view of herpes is balanced, showing that the infected can often lead fulfilling lives despite the disease, but also showing that some people in some circumstances can have their lives ruined or severely damaged by an infection to themselves or close people in their lives. The acting is pretty good, with special kudos going to Anthony Geary as the doctor who realizes he has to do something about the epidemic. This isn't a "fun" movie, but if you watch it when you are in the mood for something more serious, chances are you'll find it surprisingly compelling.

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21 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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Doctor in Paradise See more »

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