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Secret Friends (1991)

During a train ride, an anxiety attack leads middle-aged illustrator John (Sir Alan Bates) into an identity crisis. As his marital problems merge and blur into his fantasy life with ... See full summary »

Director:

Dennis Potter

Writers:

Dennis Potter (novel), Dennis Potter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alan Bates ... John
Gina Bellman ... Helen
Frances Barber ... Angela
Tony Doyle ... Martin
Joanna David ... Kate
Colin Jeavons ... Vicar
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ... Vicar's Wife
Ian McNeice ... First Businessman
Davyd Harries ... Second Businessman
Niven Boyd Niven Boyd ... BR Steward / Patient
Martin Whiting Martin Whiting ... Young John
Roy Hamilton Roy Hamilton ... Singer
David Swift David Swift ... Musician
Nicholas Russell-Pavier Nicholas Russell-Pavier ... Musician
Colin Ryan Colin Ryan ... Musician
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Storyline

During a train ride, an anxiety attack leads middle-aged illustrator John (Sir Alan Bates) into an identity crisis. As his marital problems merge and blur into his fantasy life with prostitutes and call girls, a long-dormant secret friend of his childhood surfaces in his delusions. Writer and Director Dennis Potter viewed John as "a victim of what he himself has created, a sexual fantasy that gets out of control. Fantasy should be one of the registered sexually transmitted diseases, which in John's case, it is." Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob2@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hemliga vänner See more »

Filming Locations:

Kent, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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John: [Painting miniatures. His doppelganger peers through the attic hatch] Take your filthy eyes off me!
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