That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

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A rich but lonely woman, Frances Austen, one day invites a homeless young man from a nearby park to her apartment and offers to let him live there. However, she has no intention of ever letting him leave again.


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  • Luana Anders in That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
  • Linda Sorensen in That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
  • Susanne Benton in That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
  • Lloyd Berry and Rae Brown in That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
  • Sandy Dennis and Michael Burns in That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
  • Michael Burns in That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

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7 July 2014 | gavin6942
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| Altman's First Great Film
A rich but lonely woman, Frances Austen (Sandy Dennis), one day invites a boy (Michael Burns) from a nearby park to her apartment and offers to let him live there.

The film was shot in Vancouver for the purpose of getting the rain, which seems odd. Many, many films today are shot in Vancouver, though the weather is not typically a factor. Was this common practice in 1969 or were they pioneering? Although based on a novel, director Robert Altman offered some ideas for the film, and he confessed that some were "awful". Luckily, those ideas were scrapped by star Sandy Dennis and never made it into the film. (Could she be said to be a co-writer? Not quite, but clearly a valuable resource.) Interestingly, the producer was Donald Factor, a member of the well-known Max Factor cosmetics family. His only other part of film history was producing "Universal Soldier" (1971), which starred nobody and was seen by nobody.

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