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Griffin and Phoenix (1976)

Geoffrey Griffin who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer in his chest, meets Sarah Phoenix as they both attend a university lecture on the psychology of dying. Sarah Phoenix has got ... See full summary »

Director:

Daryl Duke

Writer:

John Hill
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Geoffrey Griffin
Jill Clayburgh ... Sarah Phoenix
John Lehne John Lehne ... George Griffin
Dorothy Tristan ... Jean Griffin
Ben Hammer ... Dr. Feinberg
George Chandler ... Old Man
Milton Parsons ... Professor
Irwin Charone Irwin Charone ... Dr. Thompson
John Harkins ... Dr. Glenn
Randy Faustino Randy Faustino ... Randy Griffin
Stephen Rogers Stephen Rogers ... Bob Griffin
Rod Haase Rod Haase ... Usher
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Dr. Harding
Sally Kirkland ... Jody
Russell Shannon Russell Shannon
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Storyline

Geoffrey Griffin who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer in his chest, meets Sarah Phoenix as they both attend a university lecture on the psychology of dying. Sarah Phoenix has got terminal leukemia, but Griffin doesn't know that, and she doesn't know that he is terminally ill. They start spending time together and fall in love, both struggling with their fate. This is the beginning of a beautiful and sad love story! Written by Henrik Petersen "Henrik1980"

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So much life. So much love. And so little time. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phoenix Loves Griffin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was made for television but was an enormous hit and ended up having a limited theatrical release the same year. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although this film was made for television, it was so acclaimed that it was subsequently released to theaters. The theatrical release includes a title card explaining the reasons for its re-release, and also features an additional love scene between Jill Clayburgh and 'Peter Falk' in which Clayburgh briefly appears nude. (The nude scene, naturally, was absent from the original TV broadcast.) See more »

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Remade as Griffin & Phoenix (2006) See more »

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Gritty sentiment, honest portrayals
10 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Two troubled souls find each other--though time may be running out. A marvelous ABC-TV movie that gave Jill Clayburgh an early triumph (just before "An Unmarried Woman" put her on the Hollywood A-list). The finale, with Peter Falk lashing out on the street, is stunning and staggering in its emotion. It may very well put some viewers off, but I completely understood Falk's character and felt thoroughly his pain and suffering. I've never forgotten that sequence, it is that powerful. Most of the picture is underlined with the usual TV-styled sentiment, however the sincerity of the handling is honestly expressed (thanks to the lead performances and a firm direction). The production is gritty and not glossy (a big plus), and the finale as noted is not romanticized. Worth seeking out.


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