Review: ‘Table for Five’

Well-written drama concerns an errant father who takes his three children on an ocean voyage in an effort to close the gap that's grown between them. Pic earns most of its emotional points honestly and will touch most anyone who's ever taken the responsibilities of parenting seriously, either in fact or theoretically.

Well-written drama concerns an errant father who takes his three children on an ocean voyage in an effort to close the gap that’s grown between them. Pic earns most of its emotional points honestly and will touch most anyone who’s ever taken the responsibilities of parenting seriously, either in fact or theoretically.

At the opening, Jon Voight’s kids have lived with their mother (Millie Perkins) and her new man, attorney Richard Crenna, for several years. Voight swoops into New York to take the moppets off on a luxurious sea cruise with the promise of a new-found sense of responsibility.

But Voight quickly realizes that he really doesn’t know how to communicate with the kids who, for their part, resent the fact he’s more interested in chasing blondes in the bar than hanging out with them.

Despite the attempted interference of his sharp daughter, Voight manages to initiate a shipboard romance with a sympathetic French woman, Marie-Christine Barrault.

Table for Five

Production

CBS Theatrical. Director Robert Lieberman; Producer Robert Schaffel; Screenplay David Seltzer; Camera Vilmos Zsigmond; Editor Michael Kahn; Music Miles Goodman, John Morris; Art Director Robert F. Boyle

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 122 MIN.

With

Jon Voight Richard Crenna Marie-Christine Barrault Millie Perkins Roxana Zal Robby Kiger
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