Desperate Characters R

Desperate Characters
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Format:  DVD
item number:  XTX 03254D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: July 1, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: Legend Films
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Written by
Composition by , &
Cinematography by
Art Direction by
Produced by

Entertainment Reviews:


User Ratings: 75
Rating: 3/4 -- The movie's characters are decent people, but morally exhausted. They have no way or desire to keep going; yet they hang on raggedly to a city existence that's taken any sense of balance or sanity. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Nov 1, 2018
The film is a little masterpiece of mood and message. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Jan 8, 2020
Miss MacLaine, cast against type, offers an intelligent, quiet performance, indicating moods with a look, a glance or the way she walks. Full Review
Cleveland Press
Nov 15, 2018

Product Description:

A story of a childless, middle-aged couple whose crumbling marriage and daily struggle with the stresses of city life has them trapped in a hell they're too depleted to leave.

Plot Synopsis:

Sophie, a freelance book translator, and Otto, a lawyer, are a childless bourgeois couple living in Brooklyn. They are locked in a disintegrating marriage and suffering a mid-life crisis. Their personal ennui and confusion are heightened by contact with people equally bored and empty, and the intruding difficulties of city life, including crime, vandalism, grim subways, and the constant wail of sirens signaling danger at all times.


Production Notes:

  • First feature film directed by Frank D. Gilroy. He won both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for this first play, "The Subject Was Roses" (1964).
  • Shot on location in New York City.
  • Music soundtrack by jazz artists Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, and Ron Carter.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 15,228
  • UPC: 844503000323
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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