For Love Alone (1986)

Christina Stead's novel For Love Alone was a best-seller in Australia, but remains essentially unknown to the outside world. The same can be said for this 1986 film version, likewise a homegrown Australian product. Set in the 1930s, the film stars Helen Buhay as a starry-eyed young girl chafing under the oppressive attitudes of society in general and her father in particular. She kicks over the traces to enter into a romance with college Latin professor Hugo Weaving. Still not realizing that Weaving considers her a pleasant diversion and nothing more, Helen nearly misses out on a chance for happiness with liberal-minded banker Sam Neill. Once she's settled down with Neill, the idealistic Buhay is smitten by another aesthete, poet Huw Williams. Neill encourages this affair, hoping that Buhay will eventually realize that there's more to true love than mere sexual impulsiveness.

Directing:
  • Stephen Wallace
  • Emily Squires

Writing:
  • Stephen Wallace
  • Tony Geiss
  • Christine Ferraro

Stars:
Release Date: 1986-05-22
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  • Language: en
Sam Neill
Sam Neill
James Quick
Helen Buday
Helen Buday
Teresa
Hugo Weaving
Hugo Weaving
Jonathan Crow
Hugh Keays-Byrne
Hugh Keays-By...
Andrew
John Polson
John Polson
Leo
Anna Lise Phillips
Anna Lise Phi...
Ann
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
Leo's Girlfriend
Jennifer Hagan
Jennifer Haga...
Manette
Kevin Clash
Kevin Clash
Elmo
Caroll Spinney
Caroll Spinne...
Big Bird
Frank Oz
Frank Oz
Cookie Monster
Steve Whitmire
Steve Whitmir...
Kermit the Frog
Martin P. Robinson
Martin P. Rob...
Telly Monster
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
Narrator
Charles Durning
Charles Durni...
Santa Claus
Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierst...
Easter Bunny
Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson
Count von Count / Mr. Johnson / News Flash Announcer (voice)
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