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Bleak Moments Details


Mike Leigh began his career as one of Britain's most interesting directors with this realistic drama about a woman looking for respite from an unsatisfying life. Sylvia (Anne Raitt) is a slightly overweight woman who works as a secretary and hasn't had much luck in romance. She shares her home with her retarded sister, whom she looks after, and has been dating Peter (Eric Allen), a schoolteacher whom she hopes will ask her to marry him. However, one evening they have a date that doesn't go especially well, and Sylvia discovers that Peter is impotent; he breaks up with her shortly afterward. The only other interesting relationship in her life is with Norman (Mike Bradwell), a hippie who rents out Sylvia's garage as a workspace for his underground newspaper and plays songs on his guitar for her sister. Bleak Moments was adapted from a play written by Leigh; as is his habit, the story was created in collaboration with the actors who originated the roles. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Anne Raitt
as Sylvia
Mike Bradwell
as Norman
Liz Smith
as Pat's Mother
Stephen Churchett
as Remedial Trainee
Ina Clough
Joanna Dickens
as Stout Teacher
Ronald Eng
as Waiter
Malcolm Smith
Una Brandon-Jones
as Supervisor
Linda Beckett
as Remedial Trainee
Donald Sumpter


Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
Mike Bardwell
Richard Rambaut
Art Director