- Director:Henry Jaglom
- Writer:Henry Jaglom
- Cast:Tuesday Weld,Orson Welles,Jack Nicholson
- Time:1h 34min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Tuesday Weld||-||Susan / Noah|
|Orson Welles||-||The Magician|
|Phil Proctor||-||Fred (as Philip Proctor)|
|Fanny Birkenmier||-||The Maid|
|Rhonda Alfaro||-||Little Girl in Rowboat|
|Sylvia Zapp||-||Susan at Age 7|
|Rachel Harlow||-||Noah's Friend (as Richard Finnochio)|
|Barbara Flood||-||Noah's Friend|
|Roger Garrett||-||Noah's Friend|
|Jordon Hahn||-||Noah's Friend|
|Francesca Hilton||-||Noah's Friend|
|Julie Robinson||-||Noah's Friend|
Opinion about this film was so divided when it was shown at the 1971 New York Film Festival, that the audience broke out into shouting matches which nearly led to a brawl.
Jack Nicholson appeared in this film mainly as a favor to Director Henry Jaglom. Nicholson did the film for no pay, his only demand was that he be given a new color television set.
Anaïs Nin said of 'A Safe Place,' "'A Safe Place' is a masterpiece! All the subtle dreams and fantasies which color our experience are captured on film for the first time. Henry Jaglom is the magician of America Cinema."
This film was originally a play written by Henry Jaglom in the 1960s, and had a few performances starring Tuesday Weld. Offered a debut in cinema by BBS Productions (governed by Bob Rafelson, Burt Schneider, and Steve Blauner), a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, Jaglom decided to give his play the cinematic treatment. Currently, it is being re-realized as a play. After meeting Tana Frederick, Jaglom dusted off the original manuscript for "A Safe Place" with the intention of having Frederick play the part of Susan/Noah.
The image of Orson Welles, as The Magician, peeking from behind a rainbow picture began the name of and is used during the opening credits of all of Henry Jaglom's Rainbow Pictures' films.