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A Safe Place
A Safe Place (1971)
  • Director:
    Henry Jaglom
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  • Writer:
    Henry Jaglom
  • Cast:
    Tuesday Weld,Orson Welles,Jack Nicholson
  • Time:
    1h 34min
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A disturbed young woman - a former for child of the 60's, named Noah lives alone in New York, where she's retreated into her past, yearning for lost innocence., searching for a "safe place." As a child, she met a magician in Central Park who gave her magical objects. She's romantically involved with 2 different men; Fred's practical but dull, and Mitch is dynamic sexy - her ideal fantasy partner, but neither man's able to totally fulfill her needs.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Tuesday Weld Tuesday Weld - Susan / Noah
Orson Welles Orson Welles - The Magician
Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson - Mitch
Phil Proctor Phil Proctor - Fred (as Philip Proctor)
Gwen Welles Gwen Welles - Bari
Dov Lawrence Dov Lawrence - Larry
Fanny Birkenmier Fanny Birkenmier - The Maid
Rhonda Alfaro Rhonda Alfaro - Little Girl in Rowboat
Sylvia Zapp Sylvia Zapp - Susan at Age 7
Rachel Harlow Rachel Harlow - Noah's Friend (as Richard Finnochio)
Barbara Flood Barbara Flood - Noah's Friend
Roger Garrett Roger Garrett - Noah's Friend
Jordon Hahn Jordon Hahn - Noah's Friend
Francesca Hilton Francesca Hilton - Noah's Friend
Julie Robinson Julie Robinson - Noah's Friend

A Safe Place (1971)

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.