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Consenting Adult (1985)

A young gay man tries to find acceptance from his shocked mother and disgusted father. Through this journey, he also learns to accept himself for who he is.

Director:

Gilbert Cates

Writers:

Laura Z. Hobson (based on the novel by), John McGreevey (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlo Thomas ... Tess Lynd
Martin Sheen ... Ken Lynd
Barry Tubb ... Jeff Lynd
Talia Balsam ... Margie
Ben Piazza ... Dr. Mark Waldo
John Terlesky ... Pete Roberts
Corinne Camacho ... Claire (as Corinne Michaels)
Matthew Laurance ... Nate
Joseph Adams ... Stu
Richard Sargent Richard Sargent ... Pat Malone
Thomas Peacocke Thomas Peacocke ... Dr. Daniels
Moira Walley-Beckett ... Sue Wister (as Moira Walley)
Jeff Irvine Jeff Irvine ... Hank
Dave Sayer Dave Sayer ... Counterman
Rebecca Staples Rebecca Staples ... Maribel
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Young and shy Jeff discovers his attraction to men. After struggling with himself he comes out to his parents. His mum eventually listens to him and tries to understand his feelings, but his dad would rather die, leaving a mother, her son, and his friend to work out the things Jeff and his dad never had the courage to discuss. Written by Christian Fieres <chris@waldfee.psycho.de>

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The character of Tess (Marlo Thomas), a city-dwelling book editor in the novel, was transformed into a suburban stay-at-home mother in the film - ironic given Thomas' penchant for spotlighting feminism in her work. See more »

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Ken Lynd: All right Pat. Just one picture.
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I wish I had this on tape or DVD
30 October 2004 | by duke4172-1See all my reviews

As a gay teenager coming up when this movie came on for the first time it actually made the idea of coming out a bit easier! This movie though it only mentioned AIDS once was very well made and everything was done in good taste! I think the caste was superb with such heavy weights as Martin Sheen and Marlo Thomas and at that time Barry Tubb was a relative newcomer and the perfect choice to play Jeff he is a good looking actor and he helped prove that anyone can be gay and that it is not a sickness but a way of life! I wish someone would buy the rights to this movie and put it on Video or DVD. We need more movies like this that parents can watch with their gay children so that the coming out process will be easier on both!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con el consentimiento de los adultos See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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