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Compromising Positions (1985)

An ex-newspaper woman who is now a suburban housewife can't resist getting involved in an investigation of the murder of a philandering dentist who had been having affairs with several of her neighbors.

Director:

Frank Perry

Writers:

Susan Isaacs (screenplay), Susan Isaacs (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Judith Singer
Raul Julia ... David Suarez
Edward Herrmann ... Bob Singer
Judith Ivey ... Nancy Miller
Mary Beth Hurt ... Peg Tuccio
Joe Mantegna ... Bruce Fleckstein
Anne De Salvo ... Phyllis Fleckstein
Josh Mostel ... Dicky Dunck
Deborah Rush ... Brenda Dunck
Joan Allen ... Mary Alice Mahoney
Kaiulani Lee Kaiulani Lee ... Scotty Hughes
Tanya Berezin Tanya Berezin ... Newsday editor
William Youmans ... Motel clerk
Amanda Lyons Amanda Lyons ... Kate Singer
Chris Cunningham Chris Cunningham ... Joey Singer
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Storyline

Judith Singer is a housewife, out of the journalism business for many years. When a dentist she has been seeing (who has a strong bedside manner even while female patients are still in the chair) is found murdered, she finds that a neighbor is a suspect. She begins to investigate. This places her in danger from the murderer, from the women who have had affairs with the dentist, and from the police who begin to wonder why she is always at the scenes where clues are discovered. Her husband becomes angry at what is happening, placing strains on her family as she finds herself more and more attracted to the police detective investigating the murder. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Women Would Rather Kill Than Miss an Appointment With Dr. Fleckstein


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En tand for meget See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,014,756, 2 September 1985

Gross USA:

$12,531,831

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,531,831
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Jason Beghe. See more »

Goofs

When Judith visits David Suarez at the police station, a boom mike is seen retracting above his head as he sits with his feet on his desk. See more »

Quotes

Mary Alice Mahoney: You know what they say about friends: "A friend in need is...
Nancy Miller: A pain in the ass.
Judith Singer: Don't start.
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Bland suburbia is no place for a colorless mystery...
12 September 2004 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Hard to believe it from this black comedy, but director Frank Perry used to excel with stories about headstrong women shaking off the chains from their men and finding answers on their own. Therefore, it's rather sad to see Susan Sarandon so open-mouthed and hesitant here, kowtowing to a perfectly dreadful Edward Herrmann in the opening scenes of "Compromising Positions". After her lascivious dentist is murdered, Sarandon goes against hubby's wishes and helps detective Raul Julia solve the case. It's too late; too much compromising has been done on Perry's part and whatever visual interest there is early on has sputtered. Is there nothing more depressing than a deadening plot taking place in dullsville surroundings? Perry used to stage high-wire acts in the hearts of high-strung, big city women. Here, he plants his camera on mowed lawns and points it at front doors. The dentist is the lucky one. *1/2 from ****


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