Five Finger Exercise

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1962

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Director:
Daniel Mann
Released:
1962
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Five Finger Exercise is a 1962 family drama based on the play by Peter Shaffer ("Equus"). The tensions of the troubled Harrington family erupt when a young German tutor, Philip Harrington (Maximilian Schell), joins the vacationing family. Stern businessman Walter Langer (Jack Hawkins) and his pretentious wife, Louise (Rosalind Russell), have passed on their conflicts to their two teenage children. Louise smothers their sensitive son Philip (Richard Beymer) with affection while his father criticizes his lack of manly attributes. Walter has been brought in to the household to give cultural instruction to the high-strung daughter Pamela (Annette Gorman). Since Walter has never known a family life, he attempts to find a sense of belonging with the Harringtons. Louise mistakes his kindness for an attraction to her, and the misunderstanding sets off a series of revelations with tragic consequences. Director Daniel Mann ("Come Back, Little Sheba") uncovers the dark undercurrents of an average family in this domestic drama.
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    Love & Romance, 60s, Family Dramas