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First of all, the cast is excellent. Hard to believe that Michael Douglas could be that boyish! But he finds just the right balance between gnawing doubt & overconfidence in his portrayal of Jerry, a college student & gifted musician struggling to decide what he wants from life. When he meets Vanetta (a warm & wonderful Brenda Vacarro), he experiences his first adult relationship with a woman, both its joys & complications. What strikes me about these scenes is just how open, vulnerable, and passionate Jerry is with Vanetta -- no games, no hipster poses, no cynicism. The sexuality & nudity here are definitely depicted as positive, life-affirming things, a wonderful mystery to be unfolded between two people discovering the depths of their own yearnings.
Jerry is given more dimension in his role as Big Brother to Marvis, a smart mouthed boy concealing his fears beneath a shield of attitude. This relationship is handled well -- Jerry is anything but the noble, paternal white man helping a black child, the self-absorbed do-gooder without real feeling -- he genuinely wants to help Marvis if he can, but he knows that he's stumbling every step of the way.Read more ›
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A big disappointment after seeing the play in the 1970's and again in the 1980's. The film centered more around the main character's love relationship than the main theme of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Art
I remembered seeing this movie on TV when I was a kid and it had a profound impact on me. I googled and searched for several years but could not find it anywhere and finally it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dena Bee