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A Great American Tragedy (1972)

A middle-aged aerospace engineer has his whole life changed when he is suddenly laid off from his job. Unable to find work because of his age and a bad economy, he watches his bills pile up... See full summary »

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J. Lee Thompson

Writer:

Caryl Ledner
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Cast

Credited cast:
George Kennedy ... Brad Wilkes
Vera Miles ... Gloria Wilkes
William Windom ... Rob Stewart
Sallie Shockley Sallie Shockley ... Carol
Kevin McCarthy ... Mark Reynolds
Hilarie Thompson ... Julie Wilkes (as Hilary Thompson)
James Woods ... Rick
Natalie Trundy ... Paula Braun
Nancy Hadley Nancy Hadley ... Trudy Stewart
Tony Dow ... Johnny
Marcia Mae Jones ... Claire
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Norman Burton
Stephen Coit
Regis Cordic
Peter Dane Peter Dane
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A middle-aged aerospace engineer has his whole life changed when he is suddenly laid off from his job. Unable to find work because of his age and a bad economy, he watches his bills pile up, his wife forced to go back to work, and his marriage start to break up.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A New American Tragedy See more »

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Metromedia Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Surprising J Lee Thomson piece of work.
31 March 2019 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I was damn surprised by this little very sensitive and moving TV feature. The typical close to reality TV product, as there were thousands of them all over the years, not only in the USA but in many countries. So, this one offers the particularity to be made by a Brithsh director who, for his second part of career, worked for Hollywood industry, and for large big action flicks, such as GUNS OF NAVARONNE , TARASS BULBA, MC KENNA'S GOLD, etc...and this very small TV film about an engineer, living in a suburban area, the perfect normal American worker and family man, losing his job, this so predictable and so many times spoken about subject, this topic surprised me a lot from a director as Lee Thomson. I would have not from let's say a director like Jud Taylor, Paul Wendkos, Ted Post or Lee Katzin. Plus, Lee Thomson made it between two big budget films of the PLANET OF APES saga !!!! He did nearly the same a couple of years later with another TV movie : WIDOW, speaking of the difficulty for a woman to resume her life after the death of her husband. Another compelling story too.


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