Between Friends (1983 film)

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Between Friends
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VIH cover of Between Friends
Based on Nobody Makes Me Cry by Shelley List
Written by Shelley List
Jonathan Estrin
Directed by Lou Antonio
Starring Elizabeth Taylor
Carol Burnett
Music by James Horner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Robert Cooper
Marian Rees
Producer(s) Jonathan Estrin
Shelley List
Cinematography Francois Protat
Editor(s) Gary Griffen
Running time 105 minutes
Production company(s) HBO Premiere Films
Distributor HBO
Original network HBO
Original release September 11, 1983 (1983-09-11)

Between Friends (Canadian title: Nobody Makes Me Cry) is a 1983 American-Canadian made-for-HBO drama film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Carol Burnett,[1] based on the 1975 novel Nobody Makes Me Cry by Shelley List.[2] The film premiered in the United States as Between Friends on HBO on September 11, 1983 and was broadcast in Canada as Nobody Makes Me Cry on First Choice (Pay-TV) on October 5, 1983. The film was directed by Lou Antonio.[1]


Mary Catherine Castelli (Carol Burnett) is a fifty-year-old real estate agent whose husband left her for a younger woman; since then she's been making up for lost time with short term relationships with a number of men, some of whom are married. Deborah Shapiro (Elizabeth Taylor) is also middle-aged and newly divorced, though she is still coming to terms with being single again and has had little luck finding a new beau. Mary and Deborah meet literally by accident when they get into a fender-bender outside Mary's office, but the two soon strike up a friendship after Deborah asks Mary to help her sell her house. Together, Mary and Deborah help each other deal with their new lives as single women, the difficulty of getting back into the dating pool, and the mildly terrifying onset of middle age and menopause.[3]



Between Friends was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from February to March 1983.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Name Result
CableACE Award Best Actress in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program Carol Burnett Won
CableACE Award Best Writing in a Dramatic Program Jonathan Estrin, Shelley List Won
CableACE Award Best Actress in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program Elizabeth Taylor Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Between Friends". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ List, Shelley Steinmann (1975). Nobody makes me cry (1st ed.). New York City: Saturday Review Press. ASIN B0006CJ350. 
  3. ^ "Between-Friends - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ Elizabeth Taylor: A Shining Legacy on Film De La Hoz, Cindy.

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