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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Cast

Robert Moore
as Warren
Ken Howard
as Arthur
James Coco
as Mario
Liza Minnelli
as Junie Moon
Nancy Marchand
as Nurse Oxford
Ben Piazza
as Jesse
Fred Williamson
as Beach Boy
Pete Seeger
as Himself
Leonard Frey
as Guiles
Anne Revere
as Miss Farber
Kay Thompson
as Miss Gregory
Emily Yancy
as Solana
Julie Bovasso
as Ramona
James Beard
as Sidney Wyner
Lynn Milgrim
as Nurse Holt
Guy Sorel
as Dr. Gaines
Ric O'Feldman
as Joebee
Elaine Shore
as Mrs. Wyner
Barbara Logan
as Mother Moon
Wayne Tippett
as Dr. Miller
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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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

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

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

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

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2016
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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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Liza Menelli Has A Badly Burned face .. And Lives With Other Medically Challenged People .. She is young and fresh .. It is a Nice Little story .. When she gets Nude In the Cemetary For the Man That Did That To Her Face I Was Like OMg She Is Not Going Their ??? I Like This It Has A Strange Way Of Collecting My Interest And Keeping Me THeir ???

angel marth
angel marth

It?s certainly an offbeat story, it jumps from severe tragedy to light comedy rather abruptly. The cast is terrific, it can be a bit extreme at times, but overall it was a good film. Otto Preminger?s direction is a little off. I am sure it was rather revolutionary in 1970.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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