Pieces of Dreams (film)

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Pieces of Dreams
Directed by Daniel Haller
Produced by Robert F. Blumofe
Written by Roger O. Hirson
Based on The Wine And The Music by William E. Barrett [1]
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Charles F. Wheeler
Editing by William Chulack
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates September 23, 1970 [1]
Running time 99 minutes [2]
Country United States
Language English

Pieces Of Dreams (1970) is a drama film, produced in the United States. It was directed by Daniel Haller and is based on a novel entitled The Wine And The Music by William Edmund Barrett.[2] The story follows the internal struggle of Father Gregory Lind, Catholic priest who falls in love and starts to question his relationship with the Church.


Father Gregory Lind (Robert Forster), is a Catholic priest struggling with his life in the priesthood. He wishes to change parishes, but is denied the transfer time after time. The story starts with him arriving at the local hospital after being informed that one of his charges is dying after trying to steal a car. He meets there Pamela Gibson (Lauren Hutton) – a widowed and rich social worker from the local Community Center. Together they decide to find out more about the deceased teen. The pair checks up on Estella Rios (Kathy Baca), the boy's pregnant, underage girlfriend. They don't agree on what should be done about her and later Father Lind finds out from Mrs. Rios (Miriam Martinez) that Pamela took Estalla to probably get an abortion. This leads to more arguments between the two, but they lose importance when the girl ends up in a hospital and miscarries. The social worker breaks down and Father Lind ends up having sex with her, after taking her back home.

To forget the act and the woman, he spends some time in clergy, but in the end goes back to Pamela and they go on a romantic weekend in the mountains. To clear up his confusing feelings about his love for the widow and priesthood, Father Lind visits his family, hoping for support. He receives none from his mother (Edith Atwater) when he informs her about his wish to leave the life of a priest, and is forbidden by her from doing so. Feeling angry and betrayed, he takes a vacation and goes to work in a hospital in Santa Fe. Unknown to him, one of the priests from his parish pays a visit to Pamela to force her to leave Father Lind alone, accusing her of trying to destroy his future. The social worker disagrees and goes to see the priest, but they end up in another argument, when the woman forces him to choose between his love for her and priesthood. After spending some time back at his parish in Albuquerque and thinking, Father Lind visits the Bishop (Will Geer), to inform him about his wish to leave priesthood, because he is in love. The Bishop is unable to change his mind. Father Lind, no longer a priest, goes then to see Pamela and tell her that he choose her and they end up staying together.


  • Robert Forster as Fr. Gregory Lind
  • Lauren Hutton as Pamela Gibson
  • Will Geer as Bishop
  • Ivor Francis as Fr. Paul Schaeffer
  • Richard O'Brien as Mons. Francis Hurley
  • Edith Atwater as Mrs. Lind
  • Mitzi Hoag as Anne Lind
  • Rudy Diaz as Sgt. Bill Walkingstick
  • Sam Javis as Leo Rose
  • Gail Bonney as Mrs. Tietgens
  • Helen Westcott as Mrs. Straub
  • Joanne Moore Jordan as Bar Girl
  • Miriam Martinez as Mrs. Rios
  • Kathy Baca as Estella Rios
  • Eloy Casados as Charlie, the Jailed Boy
  • Raimundo Baca as Gunshot Victim
  • Robert McCoy as Employment Agency Interviewer

Release and reception[edit]

US Rating[edit]

The film was rated GP in United States. The rating has been changed to PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material and some language in 2011.[3]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD in March 12, 2012.[4]


Academy Award Nominee [2]

  • Best Original Song - Pieces of Dreams
  • Michel Legrand – Music
  • Alan Bergman – Lyrics
  • Marylin Bergman – Lyrics


  1. ^ a b "Pieces Of Dremas (1970)". TCM: Turner Classic Movie. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pieces Of Dreams: Cast & Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pieces Of Dreams". IMDb. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pieces Of Dreams DVD". TCM Shop. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 

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