Natural Enemies

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The bizarre premise for this often remote and uninvolving drama is that an otherwise apparently normal man can become so alienated from his own feelings and his own wife and children that he plans their murder. Paul Steward (Hal Holbrook) and his wife (Louise Fletcher) are about as interesting as a TV test pattern. Although Paul has realized the American Dream -- that it to say, he has money and is successful in business -- he finds the dream hollow and meaningless. Instead of waking up, he decides that his family is to blame for everything and begins to make elaborate plans for killing them off, talking it over with others and disguising it as a fictional story for his magazine.


Hal Holbrook
as Paul Steward
Louise Fletcher
as Miriam Steward
Peter Armstrong
as Tony Steward
Elizabeth Berridge
as Sheila Steward
Steve Austin
as Alex Steward
Jim Pappas
as Man on train
Ellen Barber
as Secretary
José Ferrer
as Harry Rosenthal
Lisa Carroll
as The Madam
June Berry
as Girls in Brothel
Alisha Fontaine
as Girls in Brothel
Patricia Mauceri
as Girls in Brothel
Michele O'Brien
as Girls in Brothel
Claire Reilly
as Girls in Brothel
Viveca Lindfors
as Dr. Baker
Frank Bongiorno
as Cabdriver
Harry Daley
as Conductor
Patricia Elliott
as Woman on train
Bob Perry
as Newscaster
Robert Perry
as Newscaster
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