A pretty, reserved, rich spinster in Vancouver, BC, spots a teenager sitting in the park in the rain. She invites the boy to her apartment and a strange relationship starts that ends in breakdown and tragedy.

A pretty, reserved, rich spinster in Vancouver, BC, spots a teenager sitting in the park in the rain. She invites the boy to her apartment and a strange relationship starts that ends in breakdown and tragedy.

Sandy Dennis is strikingly effective, if her character’s veering into madness is a bit abrupt. Michael Burns is good as the cherubic youth, with Susanne Benton displaying a fine feel for character as his freewheeling, slightly nympho sister.

This mixing of themes and social strata [from the book by Richard Miles] is too literary to get a true insight into the many layers involved. It tries to bring in too much and waters down the interesting personal relations, turning the denouement into grand guignol, rather than perceptive dramatic and psychological progression.

That Cold Day in the Park

Canada

Production

Factor-Altman-Mirell. Director Robert Altman; Screenplay Gillian Freeman; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Music Johnny Mandel

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Sandy Dennis Michael Burns Susanne Benton Luana Anders John Garfield Jr
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