My Brother's Wife (1989)





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My Brother's Wife was adapted from A. R. Gurney's off-Broadway play The Middle Ages, but if you dig back a little you'll find a kernel of the plotline in Phillip Barry's 1928 play Holiday. John Ritter plays the flamboyantly nonconformist member of a staid Boston family. When he sees his future sister-in-law (Mel Harris), it's love at first sight. But neither act upon their impulses--not throughout the 1960s, the 1970s or the 1980s. The film finally catches up with Ritter and Harris at a family funeral, 27 years after their first meeting. Made for television, My Brother's Wife betrays its theatrical roots by confining most of its action to a single sitting room.
Comedy , Romance
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John Ritter
as Barney
Mel Harris
as Eleanor Goldberg-Rusher
Dakin Matthews
as Charles Rusher
Polly Bergen
as Myra Gilbert
David Byron
as Billy Rusher
Lee Weaver
as Ollie
Glenn Dixon
as Minister
Richard Marion
as Photographer
Ruth C. Engel
as Airplane Passenger
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