Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)
Three social misfits agree to live together after they are released from a local hospital in this comedy drama. Junie (Liza Minnelli) had been facially scarred by acid by a sadistic ex-boyfriend (Ben Piazza). Arthur (Ken Howard) suffers from an ailment that resembles epilepsy, and Warren (Robert Moore) is the wheelchair-bound homosexual. The trio rents an apartment from Miss Gregory (Kay Thompson), a wealthy and eccentric landlady. Arthur gets a job at the fishmarket run by Mario (James Coco). Convinced his condition is mental rather than a physical handicap, Miss Gregory tries to get Warren to walk when she invites the three to dinner. The prize is a valuable religious icon, but the landlady dismisses Warren's condition as psychosomatic. Arthur is fired when Mario is mistakenly told he is a homosexual, but he gives the trio money to take a vacation. Both Mario and Arthur fall for Junie, who is reluctant to trust men after her horrible accident. Love blossoms for Arthur and Junie before he dies as a result of his illness. This is one of the better films from director Otto Preminger. … More
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Critic Reviews for Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
Preminger doesn't direct movies as much as he makes frontal assaults on them.
All this is well mounted and lensed but sans the right dramatic flourishes to get human depth, melodramatic gusto or humane symbolism into the right focus.
The style hesitates between no-stops melodrama and glacial reserve without really finding a meaningful perspective on the action.
It succeeds, among other things, in making human entertainment out of a rather unlikely story.
A scarred young woman, a paraplegic homosexual, and an epileptic decide to throw in their lots together in this earnest comedy-drama. Sound like fun? It isn't.
Audience Reviews for Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
Dated drama of three misfits still offers some fine acting by Liza Minnelli as a scarred, both physically and emotionally, young girl. Made just before Cabaret this is the last time the subdued non star Liza persona would be evident in a film. She speaks a line here "What would I do with sequins?" which while true for the character evokes unintentional laughter since the performer is now unimaginable without head to toe sparkles of some kind.More
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