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Misunderstood (1984)

Misunderstood

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In Misunderstood, Henry Thomas ("Elliot" in E.T.) co-stars with Gene Hackman as a son-and-father duo who through no fault of their own fail to communicate their mutual affection. Ned (Hackman) is a shipping magnate living with his family in a villa in Tunisia when he suffers through the death of his wife Lilly (Susan Anspach). It is an agony for him to tell his older son Andrew (Thomas) that his mother has died, and from that moment on, he is so overcome by his own grief -- drowning it in work -- that he unwittingly hurts the feelings of the two boys. He was always inept in relating to them, and now it is even more difficult. The two brothers compensate by inventing their own pastimes, though a visiting relative chides Ned for expecting his sons to handle themselves like adults. So just as Ned begins to realize what he has been doing, the sons try harder to keep up a good facade -- and then Andrew has a serious accident, causing all the undercurrents to suddenly emerge on the surface. Loosely based on a 1967 Italian film, Incompreso, this story first emerged as a turn-of-the-20th-century novel by Florence Montgomery and is here told by director Jerry Schatzberg, but the dialogue and plot do not reach the level set by the good interpretations of the lead actors, who transform a predictable story into an emotional experience.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Barra Grant, Piero De Bernardi
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United Artists

Cast

June Brown
as Mrs. Paley
Nidal Ashkar
as Mrs. Jallouli
Rajah Gafsi
as Ali-Baroutta
Khaled Akrout
as Electronics Shop Cle...
James R. Cope
as Mr. Grace
Raad Rawi
as Doctor
Habiba
as Girl on Donkey
Nabil Massad
as Mr. Jallouli
Mohamed Ben Othman
as Chocolate Merchant
Mohamed Dous
as Judo Instructor
Tarak Sancho
as Ned's Driver
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Misunderstood

This movie was one of the touching movies I have seen. Stars Gene Hackman and Henry Thomas. Just a simple story of a Father trying to raise his two sons after the death of the mother. Very sad and depressing, but also a wonderful story of a family trying to cope with death.

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Donna Dawson

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Extremely well-acted, beautifully shot, touching film about family, loss, and connection. Heartbreaking and very satisfying.

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