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Single Bars, Single Women (1984)

The story of shallow young people who gather at singles bars looking for action. In this film, they often find it.


Harry Winer


Michael Bortman (teleplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Danza ... Dennis
Paul Michael Glaser ... Gabe
Keith Gordon ... Lionel
Shelley Hack ... Frankie
Christine Lahti ... Elsie
Frances Lee McCain ... Patti
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Dee Dee
Mare Winningham ... Bootsie
Christopher Allport ... Max
Rick Rossovich ... Dolph
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Tate
Ivan Bonar Ivan Bonar ... John
Brett Cullen ... Duane
Jessica Nelson Jessica Nelson ... Sonia
Jean Smart ... Virge


The story of shallow young people who gather at singles bars looking for action. In this film, they often find it.

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Single bars and single women, with a single thought in mind


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

14 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miehiä iskemässä See more »

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Production Co:

Carsey-Werner Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The same year, Christine Lahti co-starred in Swing Shift, which was a major career game-changer. See more »


Single Women
Written by Michael O'Donoghue
Performed by Dolly Parton
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A decent 80's TV movie of the week
23 January 2008 | by tifftoriSee all my reviews

As a long time Shelley Hack fan, I finally found this rare film decently priced on ebay & grabbed it up. And while I was not expecting much (not a fan of much of anybody else in the film), this was a decent little film. Shelley was strong and consistent. And she isn't always with other projects. Her effortless class and sophistication does shine through here and there and this is not who the character is. But it is not enough to throw the project off.

Tony Danza and Keith Gordon were cast as brothers. Um...yeah right. Tony does his one note performance as always. Very Brooklyn. Very Italian. Keith was sweet and very endearing. But you will never buy them as siblings. Christine Lahti is OK. A tad bland and doesn't really keep your attention. Mare Winningham was also a little bland. Jean Smart was terribly wasted in a briefer than brief cameo.

The highs and lows of being single, hanging out in bars and trying to connect with someone on more than a intimate level is nicely captured. The injured romance between Shelley's character and Paul Michael Glaser was the most watchable portion of the movie. Though Paul Michael's performance was pretty weak.

While certainly not without it's negative aspects- this was a fine little telefilm from the 80's. Using the actual recording of "Single Bars, Single Women" by Dolly Parton was great.

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