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

There was a bunch of pigs right here.

Gosh, this looks like a junkyard.

Well, there's your mother.

Robert, you're a coward.

You're disgusting.

And you make me sick the way

you're hiding behind my baby!

This is not a baby!

This is Renee, she's my friend...

Yeah and I'm not a maid!

They're taking over the house,


all the booze.

They're using the silver.

Put me down you turkey sandwich.

- Thanks for bringing my car back.

- Oh, you're welcome.

I'm Robert Harmon.

Hi, I'm Laurie.

They're in your bathroom.

They've got the jewerly

all over, the makeup.

They take baths whenever they want to.

Hi, garbage lady!

I'm Phyllis.

- Stop trying to organize me, okay!

- I'm not trying to organize you, i'm...

This place looks like it's going

to take three days to clean up.

- I'm Robert Harmon.

- Hi. Joanie.

You're a beautiful girl, Joanie.

Do me a favor, will ya kids? When you're

finished doing what you're doing, just clean it up.

Because I only have a secretary,

and she's a little annoyed right now, okay.

I'm Robert Harmon.

You're drinking champagne, that's nice.

So, just finish it up, and...

Oh, Hi, you must be Mr. Harmon.

I'm sorry, just having fun,

just playing you know.

There wasn't enough hot water.

Joanie's gonna sing

or recite.

This is champagne, that's orange juice,

make a little marmosa.

Hurry up, like that,

cuz we don't want to hold her up.

Just pour yourself something.

Put a lil "Champs-Elyses" in it.

You sell?



You sell love,

you sell drugs,

you sell poetry,

whatever. What do you sell?

- How old are you?

- 18.

You dance?

Charlene tells me you sing.

Yeah, I try.

What do you sing?

I write poetry

and I sing it.

Why don't you sing it?

I mean, you don't have to sing it.

You could recite it.

Just say it.

And don't look away, will you please,

because i'm going to record you.

What are you doing,

I don't know what you're doing?


a beautiful woman,

has to offer a man

her secrets.

I mean, that is so beautiful

I can't tell you.

You see, everyone in the world

is very screwed up.

Now I know that you're not screwed up

And i'm not. And I know

the answer, and you know the answer.


we can't tell them the answer

unless they ask us the question.

You see?

Tell me what a good time is.

A good time?

Yeah, you have to be with someone

to have a good time, don't ya?

Yeah, that helps.


I think we do need that.

Yeah, for money.

You don't enjoy it?

You need someone to be with

to have a good time, don't ya?

Yeah, it helps.

Well, then tell me what a good time is.

Is it school?

Is it books, is it music, is it movies?

- What's the question?

- Good time, the best time, right?


I love to cook.


Cooking is the best time you've ever had?

Give me a break!

Give me another drink, over here.

I guess dreaming.

What do you dream?

Are you gay?



No, I'm not.

It's okay. Don't worry.

You're safe here.

I'm Jill Dunbar.

The judge.

I'm Sarah Lawson.

This is my daughter Debbie.

Judge Dunbar?

Hi, I'm Milton Kravitz.

I represent Mrs. Lawson.

Have you two met?

Are you comfortable there?

Yeah, sure.

Sorry we're late.

Traffic was terrible.

You're beautiful.

Come over and sit here, please.

Why don't we have Debbie wait outside?

There is no reason for her to be here?

No, it's okay. I want to be here.

Sure, go outside Debbie. It'll just take

a minute and we'll call you right back in.

Jack, could she stay here, please?

I mean, she knows everything.

We don't want our baby

standing out in the hall.

We are in agreement on

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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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