Dancing in the Dark (1986 film)

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Dancing in the Dark
Promotional film poster
Directed by Leon Marr
Produced by Anthony Kramreither
Don Haig (executive producer)
John Ryan (co-producer)
Screenplay by Leon Marr
Based on Dancing in the Dark
by Joan Barfoot
Starring Martha Henry
Neil Munro
Music by Erik Satie
Cinematography Vic Sarin
Edited by Thomas Berner
Distributed by New World Pictures
Shapiro Entertainment
Release date
  • October 17, 1986 (1986-10-17)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Dancing in the Dark is a 1986 Canadian drama film. It is directed and written by Leon Marr and based on a novel by Joan Barfoot.


The story begins in the present as unfolds along with scenes from the past about Edna (Martha Henry), a woman in a hospital who each day writes down her memories. Edna cannot (or will not) talk to her doctor, and nurses have to take care of her basic needs. Edna's hospital surroundings give way to the bright colours of her home life as her memories surface while she writes. She is a devoted housewife, an excellent cook, and in love with her husband Harry (Munro) who often compliments her on her cooking, fills their conversations with his life at work, and they seem quite normal if perhaps a little boring. But then something happens that will change Edna's attitude toward herself, resulting in a hospital stay, and her stubborn unwillingness to talk.


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