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Parallel Lives (film)

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Director  Linda Yellen
Music director  Patrick Seymour
Country  United States
4.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Thriller
Running time  1h 45m
Cinematography  Paul Cameron
Language  English
Parallel Lives (film) movie poster
Release date  1994
Writer  Gisela Bernice, Linda Yellen (story)
Cast  James Belushi (Nick Dimas), Liza Minnelli (Stevie Merrill), Michael S. O'Rourke (Kirk O'Brien (as Michael O'Rourke)), James Brolin (Professor Spencer Jones), Helen Slater (Elsa Freedman), LeVar Burton (Dr. Franklin Carter)
Similar movies  Changeling, The Skeleton Twins, Between Us, Something Wild, Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, Crimes of the Heart

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Parallel Lives is a 1994 American made-for-television mystery-drama film written, directed and produced by Linda Yellen which returns some actors and similar patterns of Yellen's previous work, Chantilly Lace.


The film features an all-star cast: James Belushi, LeVar Burton, Lindsay Crouse, James Brolin, Jack Klugman, Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore (in his final film role), Ally Sheedy, Robert Wagner, Patricia Wettig, JoBeth Williams, Jill Eikenberry, Gena Rowlands and Treat Williams.

Parallel Lives was broadcast August 14, 1994 on Showtime.

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A college reunion turns into a tangled web of passion, romance and intrigue as old friends and enemies catch up with each other's lives.


  • James Belushi as Nick Dimas
  • Liza Minnelli as Stevie Merrill
  • James Brolin as Professor Spencer Jones
  • Helen Slater as Elsa Freedman
  • LeVar Burton as Dr. Franklin Carter
  • Jack Klugman as Senator Robert Ferguson
  • Patricia Wettig as Rebecca Ferguson Stone
  • Ben Gazzara as Charlie Duke
  • Mira Sorvino as Matty Derosa
  • Lindsay Crouse as Una Pace
  • JoBeth Williams as Winnie Winslow
  • Ally Sheedy as Louise
  • Paul Sorvino as Ed Starling
  • Matthew Perry as Willie Morrison
  • Jill Eikenberry as Lula Sparks
  • Treat Williams as Peter Barnum
  • Dudley Moore as Imaginary Friend / President Andrews
  • Gena Rowlands as Francie Pomerantz
  • Robert Wagner as the sheriff
  • Michael O'Rourke as Kirk O'Brien
  • Alan Feinstein as Dan Merrill
  • Production

    The movie was developed by Yellen with the assistance of the Sundance Institute. As with Chantilly Lace, it uses "guided improvisations" with the actors, after receiving some general character outlines, free to improvise.


    The movie received mixed reviews. New York Times critic John Leonard argued: "'Parallel Lives' is injured in its lightness of being by Yellen's added structure. But until it sinks in murky narrative waters, it's a marvel of raw edges and wild wit and surprise cunning, of craft that goes up like a kite to catch some lightning." The Variety critic Ray Loynd wrote: "When the movie works best (...), this is a movie that tends to make The Big Chill look sodden."

    On the other hand, Lynne Heffley opened her review for the Los Angeles Times with these words: "From the sublime to the ridiculous... and the ridiculous has the edge in 'Parallel Lives.' Jerry Roberts in his Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors defined the film as "a cattle call at the actors unemployment line" and film critic Lewis Beale in his video review for the New York Daily News claimed that: "Linda Yellen's film wants to be hip, moving and Robert Altmanesque (overlapping dialogue and an improvisational feel), but it's simply tedious and stupid."


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