Love Streams (1984)




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In this emotional roller coaster ride, Robert Harmon (John Cassavetes) is a street-wise, sometimes obnoxious writer currently working on a book about the seamier side of buying/selling love, and Sarah Lawson (Gena Rowlands) is an emotive wife and mother struggling through a divorce and custody battle. When Sarah lands on Robert's doorstep with her suitcases, it seems at first that she has returned to her husband. Robert has several women staying at his place (research sources!), but when his real ex-wife arrives with their young son, he sends the women packing. Sarah, it turns out, is Robert's sister. As the two work out their own live's hurdles -- Robert, the unaccustomed father with his 8-year-old son, and Sarah, trying to cope with her custody battle and its results -- their way of handling adversity and personal burdens becomes the real subtext of the film. This film won the Golden Bear Award at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
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Gena Rowlands
as Sarah Lawson
John Cassavetes
as Robert Harmon
Seymour Cassel
as Jack Lawson
Margaret Abbott
as Margarita
Jakob Shaw
as Albie Swanson
Michele Conway
as Agnes Swanson
Eddy Donno
as Stepfather Swanson
Michelle Conaway
as Agnes Swanson
Joan Foley
as Judge Dunbar
Al Ruban
as Milton Kravitz
Tom Badal
as Sam the Lawyer
Risa Martha Blewitt
as Debbie Lawson
David Rowlands
as Psychiatrist
Robert Fieldsteel
as Dr. Williams
Gregg Berger
as Taxi Driver
Christopher O'Neal
as Phyllis George Delano
Susan Wolf
as Jade Meadows Swift
John Finnegan
as Taxi Driver
Doe Avedon
as Mrs. Kiner
Alexandra Cassavetes
as Backup Singer
Dominique Davalos
as Backup Singer
Jamie Horton
as Porter
Leslie Hope
as Joanie
Joan Dykman
as Phyllis
Bronwyn Bober
as Jeanine
Michael Stein
as Porter
Cindy Davidson
as Annette
Phedon Papamichael
as Taxi Driver
Hugo Napton
as Ben the Bartender
Jim W. Jones
as Taxi Driver
Lenny Geer
as Lenny
Neil Bell
as The Dog Man
George Endoso
as House Man
Kelly Lawrence
as Female Impersonator
Logan Carter
as Female Impersonator
Christopher Morley
as Female Impersonator
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Critic Reviews for Love Streams

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Love Streams is at once a culmination of the director's obsessions and his most atypical film.

November 15, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

There's no other American director who can do what John Cassavetes does on the screen.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

John Cassavetes's career of risk taking comes to a climax in this rich, original, emotionally magnificent 1984 film.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie is exasperating, because we never know where we stand or what will happen next. I think that's one of its strengths: There's an exhilaration in this roller-coaster ride through scenes that come out of nowhere.

December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Its French title, Torrents d'amour, better hints at the overflowing heart of this magnificent melodrama, effervescently bubbling with a charming, infuriating, incorrigible booziness.

Full Review… | May 25, 2015
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

[Cassavetes'] final performance is so powerful ... Rowlands, of course, rises to meet his performance.

Full Review… | September 21, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Love Streams


It has been a long time since a movie effected me in such an emotional way. What's more, it didn't make me emotional during the film but hours later. As I mulled over the film the full emotional weight of what I'd just watched hit me. This is Cassavetes most confounding work but it also may be his most emotional. As always, Rowlands and himself give masterful performances as two emotionally wounded siblings who find themselves in major crises. Cassavetes doesn't let us even know they are siblings until Rowlands' Sarah has been with Cassavetes for some time. Plus, by films end, I'm not sure if either were in a better or clearer place. Still, Love Streams is about the action. It's about the things we do, sometimes desperate, for love and for the ones we love. In that instance, it's a classic Cassavetes film and a classic Cassavetes theme. "Do you believe love is a constant stream?"

August Moews
August Moews

John Cassavetes's career of risk taking comes to a climax in this rich, original, emotionally magnificent 1984 film.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Occasionally frustrating but still worthwhile film from John Casevettes & comp. Here we see the complex relationship between a Brother & sisiter who in the midst their adulthood are just learning to love each other

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

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