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Old Boyfriends (1979)



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Noted screenwriter Joan Tewksbury made her directorial debut with this bittersweet comedy-drama. Diane Cruise (Talia Shire), a psychologist going through a severe depression, takes a long look at her life after attempting to commit suicide. Diane decides to pay a visit to her former boyfriends in order to get in touch with her past and map out her future. She meets up with her high school sweetheart Eric Katz (John Belushi) and gets to turn the tables on him in revenge over a past humiliation. She also finds Jeff Turrin (Richard Jordan), her college beau who now works as a filmmaker, and she discovers that the first boy she fell in love with has died -- only to find herself drifting into an unexpected romance with his older brother, Wayne Van Til (Keith Carradine). The supporting cast features John Houseman, Buck Henry, Gerritt Graham, and P.J. Soles.


Talia Shire
as Dianne Cruise
Richard Jordan
as Jeff Turrin
Keith Carradine
as Wayne Van Til
John Belushi
as Eric Katz
John Houseman
as Dr. Hoffman
Buck Henry
as Art Kopple
Nina Jordan
as Dylan Turrin
Gerrit Graham
as Sam The Fisherman
Bethel Leslie
as Mrs. Van Til
Joan Hotchkis
as Pamela Shaw
William H. Bassett
as David Brinks
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Critic Reviews for Old Boyfriends

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Diane bears all the outward signs of a contemporary heroine (autonomous working woman setting out alone on existential quest), she defines herself and is in turn defined exclusively through her relationships with men.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

I find Tewkesbury's restraint more interesting, as it results in something hazily impenetrable and truer to the often ambiguous nature of people's thoughts and motivations.

August 23, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Tewkesbury evokes a Hitchcockian depth of subjectivity in what is essentially a first-person survey of women's hidden terrors.

July 29, 2019 | Full Review…

A protege of Robert Altman, novice director Joan Tewkesbury, who scripted his Nashville, employs similar loosely narrative techniques, with the Shire character holding together the series of set pieces.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The failure owes something to slack direction, and probably more to the misogyny of Paul and Leonard Schrader's script, which contrives a distinctly reactionary mix of sentiment, morality, and melodrama.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The performers... invest much more of themselves in the film than it ever returns to them.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

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