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Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)

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Upon completing Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, a tearful Liza Minnelli declared publicly that she would never, ever work with tyrannical director Otto Preminger again. Worse luck for her: Junie Moon contains what may well be Minnelli's best non-musical performance. Based on the novel by Marjorie Kellogg, the film surprisingly manages to evoke humor and pathos from some of the least promising material in movie history. Minnelli plays an emotionally imbalanced young girl whose face is horribly disfigured by her psycho boy friend Ben Piazza. Ken Howard is cast as an epileptic who has wrongly been diagnosed as mentally retarded. And Robert Moore (future director of such films as The Cheap Detective and Murder by Death) portrays a homosexual, confined to a wheelchair after a hunting accident. After meeting one another in a hospital, these three social outcasts decide to move in together, forming a united front against a cold, judgmental world. The devastating events that follow might have lapsed into the grotesque and exploitational, but director Preminger is extremely careful to depict his protagonists as three-dimensional human beings rather than "freaks." Unfortunately, some filmgoers, assuming that any film with a title like Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon just had to be a campy laff riot, were turned off by the repellant aspects of the early scenes and refused to give the rest of this fascinating film a chance.

Cast

Liza Minnelli
as Junie Moon
Ken Howard
as Arthur
Kay Thompson
as Miss Gregory
Fred Williamson
as Beach Boy
Anne Revere
as Miss Farber
James Beard
as Sidney Wyner
Barbara Logan
as Mother Moon
Nancy Marchand
as Nurse Oxford
Lynn Milgrim
as Nurse Holt
Elaine Shore
as Mrs. Wyner
Guy Sorel
as Dr. Gaines
Wayne Tippett
as Dr. Miller
Pete Seeger
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Preminger doesn't direct movies as much as he makes frontal assaults on them.

May 8, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

May 8, 2013 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

The style hesitates between no-stops melodrama and glacial reserve without really finding a meaningful perspective on the action.

May 8, 2013 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It succeeds, among other things, in making human entertainment out of a rather unlikely story.

May 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The script is little but a series of smart aleck exchanges/platitudes.

May 8, 2013 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

I'll say this for Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. It's a film that takes a big roll of the dice. Is it wrenching? Is it wacky? Well, it's definitely weird.

August 21, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon

½

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.

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