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Bittersweet Love (1976)

PG | | Drama, Romance | October 1976 (USA)
Young married couple expecting a baby suddenly discover they are half-brother and sister.

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David Miller
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Turner ... Claire Peterson
Robert Lansing ... Howard Lewis
Celeste Holm ... Marian Lewis
Robert Alda ... Ben Peterson
Scott Hylands ... Michael Lewis
Meredith Baxter ... Patricia Peterson (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Gail Strickland ... Roz
Richard Masur ... Alex
Denise DeMirjian Denise DeMirjian ... Nurse Morrison
John Friedrich ... Josh Lewis
Amanda Gavin Amanda Gavin ... Judy
Jerome Guardino ... Psychiatrist
Jack Jozefson Jack Jozefson ... Mr. Schoste (as Jac Jozefson Jr.)
Vincent Milana Vincent Milana ... Dr. Green (as Vince Milana)
Erik L. Nelson ... Minister (as Erik Nelson)
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Los Angeles based architect Michael Lewis and Russian language instructor Patricia Peterson - "Pete" to her friends - meet and quickly fall in love. Although Michael asked her before the news, they decide to get married after Pete announces that she's pregnant with his child. All these events happen before each has had a chance to meet the other's family. As Pete's La Jolla based parents, Ben and Claire Peterson, are traveling the world and will not be back in time for the wedding, Michael and Pete decide to hold the ceremony in Vancouver, where Michael grew up and where his parents, Howard and Marian Lewis, still live. Of the four parents, the one person who is seemingly not happy with what is transpiring in their children's lives is Claire, her uneasiness strengthened when she finally meets Michael for the first time far along into Pete's pregnancy, and views the wedding photographs. Her uneasiness is due to a long held secret she's been keeping, that secret which is now tearing her... Written by Huggo

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A forbidden love between brother and sister and the nightmare had only begun. At last...a love story that Hollywood had never dared to make. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1976 (USA) See more »

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Gig Young was replaced by Robert Lansing after only a few days of shooting, reportedly because he could not remember his lines. See more »

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Wacko 70s TV movie asks if love can survive incest
2 January 2018 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

Boy, I'd sure watch a lot more TV movies if they were as crazy as this one! Meredith Baxter Birney and Robert Alda are a young couple who become pregnant and are happy to share the good news with their parents, some of which who are played by Lana Turner and Robert Lansing, who are put into the uncomfortable position of having to tell the young couple they are in fact half-brother and sister. AWKWARD! They love each other, so should they stay together? Should they get an abortion? And how would they explain what they do to their friends and neighbors? This is about as over-the-top of a melodramatic situation as possible, but it's treated with genuine sincerity which makes the film interesting beyond a simple Jerry Springer freak show of a situation. The film is nothing brilliant, but I honestly did not know how it was going to end, which is more than I can say for most films.


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