Love Streams

Synopsis: The film describes a few days in the life of the writer Robert Harmon and his sister Sarah. The decadent life of Robert is made of alcohol, cigarettes, and short-time relationships with women; women he interviews for a book, he spends a weekend with at a casino or fall in love with for the fun of an evening. Having no constraints, he his unable to be responsible for anything including the care of his son, leaving him alone in an hotel room and teaching the 8-years old boy how to drink. His life is made of his own phantasms as an artist. His sister is divorcing from her husband because of her exuberant and insane behavior. She scares her daughter Debbie who prefers to stay with her father, a decision that hurts Sarah very deeply and reinforces her nervous breakdown. Most of the movie takes place in the house of Robert. We watch Robert and Sarah struggling with their own lives. As the movie progresses, the house gets empty little by little...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John Cassavetes
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  4 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
141 min

the money settlement.

That is correct.

And Debbie has agreed to live with her mother,

there is no disagreement on that.

You sign these, we can finish quickly.

I have immediate plans to take Debbie

with me to Houston or New York.

I don't know when we'll be back.

New York?


Where did that come in?

We're not gonna go to a funeral.

It's okay.

What is the understanding that you've

come to on this visit?

You see, we go to

a lot of funerals.

I go to funerals,

and hospitals

and some weddings.

You might say that's what I do:

I visit sick people.

Mothers, fathers,

sisters, brothers,


nephews, aunts.

I don't have any relatives myself,

but Jack does.

Some of these are in Houston,

and Jack's aunt is in New York.

Which I would feel very uncomfortable

going to if she wasn't there.

But nobody died this time.

Just sick, you know.

People like Debbie and me

to be with them

when they aren't feeling well,

because we're cheerful.

Says right here:
"Visiting privileges

every other weekend.

From Saturday noon til Sunday at 7.

Mr. Lawson will be entitled to take

Debbie Lawson

to where he resides or any

other reasonable place."

Wasn't that what you had agreed to?

You see Judge

when someone is temporarily insane

like Jack here is...

And he's a wonderful guy, but...

You see,

when someone is like that,

they don't want to see the

people that they really love.

Okay, I understand that.

A person who is sick has to get well

before he can be normal, right?

So, when Jack finishes his...

sleeping around everywhere,

and he wants to assume

his responsibilities,

he wants to be a real father to Debbie,

he can see her.

If Debbie is a very old lady when

he makes up his mind,

that's when he'll see her.

I don't understand.

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Ted Allan

Ted Allan (January 26, 1916 – June 29, 1995) was a Jewish Canadian writer, several of whose books were made into motion pictures. Ted Allan was born in Montreal as Alan Herman. In the early 1930s returning he worked as a Montreal-based journalist for the Communist Party of Canada's newspaper, The Clarion. He adopted the name Ted Allan so that he could infiltrate a fascist organization and write an exposé, and subsequently kept the pseudonym. In 1936, he met and became friends with Norman Bethune. The next year, Allan joined the Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion to fight against fascism in Spanish Civil War and met up with Bethune again. In 1952, Allan and Sydney Gordon published Bethune's biography, The Scalpel, The Sword. Allan battled for nearly 40 years to make a movie about the Canadian surgeon who became a larger-than-life hero of the Chinese revolution. After an arduous production, Bethune: The Making of a Hero, based on a screenplay by Allan, was released in 1990 to almost universal critical disdain. In 1939 he published This Time a Better Earth about the Spanish Civil War (New York 1939.) Allan left the Labor-Progressive Party, as it was known at the time, in 1957 when the party split following a party crisis fomented by Khrushchev's Secret Speech, the Soviet invasion of Hungary and revelations of state supported anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union. In 1976, Allan received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for his story that became the screenplay for the movie Lies My Father Told Me. In 1984 he co-wrote the script for John Cassavetes’s Love Streams, which was based on one of his (Allan’s) plays. The film won the Golden Bear Award at Berlin Film Festival. His daughter, Julie, is a producer (To Walk with Lions). He won the Stephen Leacock Award in 1985 for Love Is a Long Shot.He also published the children's book Willie the Squowse, and published short stories in Harper's and The New Yorker. more…

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