American Playhouse (05/05/86)

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Connie Booth

Judy Davis

John Malkovich

Ian McShane

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An adaptation of Clifford Odet's 1938 play, set in a dentist's office in New York City on a hot summer day. Ben Stark, the dentist, feels that his life has come to a standstill, with his clinging wife, Belle, and his alluring secretary, Cleo, adding to his distress. Stark begins to live spontaneously as he begins a torrid affair with Cleo, and he comes to terms with his life, his desire, and the distance in between as this tale of conscience and compromise enfolds.