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Secret Friends (1992)





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During a train ride, an anxiety attack leads middle-aged illustrator John into an identity crisis. As his marital problems merge and blur into his fantasy life with prostitutes and call girls, a long-dormant secret friend of his childhood surfaces in his delusions. Potter viewed John as "a victim of what he himself has created, a sexual fantasy that gets out of control. Fantasy should be one of the registered sexually transmitted diseases which in John's case, it is."Loosely based on British author and film director Dennis Potter's 1986 novel "Ticket to Ride", Secret Friends follows the life of John (Alan Bates), a middle-aged wildflower illustrator in the throes of an identity crisis. John, while on a train bound for London, tries to distinguish between illusion and reality, unsure of whether or not he actually murdered his wife Helen (Gina Bellman), or if that too was part of his many delusions. John (Bates), after a recent onslaught of marital strife, had delved into his own mind, creating an elaborate fantasy life filled with prostitutes and a menacing imaginary friend left over from childhood. Secret Friends also features performances from Frances Barber, Tony Doyle, and Joanna David. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi


Tony Doyle
as Martin
Rowena Cooper
as Vicar's Wife
Ian McNeice
as 1st Businessman
Davyd Harries
as 2nd Businessman
Niven Boyd
as British Rail Steward/Patient
Colin Ryan
as Musician
David Swift
as Musician
Martin Whiting
as Young John
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Critic Reviews for Secret Friends

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

It is time that Potter pulled the communication cord on this particular train of thought.

February 5, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a tough ride for a very small return: the cramped and narcissistic anguish of a middle-aged male as seen in Potter passim.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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