Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon

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Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon poster.jpg
Original Poster by Saul Bass
Directed byOtto Preminger
Produced byOtto Preminger
Screenplay byMarjorie Kellogg
Based onTell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
by Marjorie Kellogg
StarringLiza Minnelli
Ken Howard
Robert Moore
James Coco
Kay Thompson
Fred Williamson
Pete Seeger
Music byPhilip Springer
CinematographyBoris Kaufman
Edited byHenry Herman
Dean O. Ball
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 1970 (1970-05-11)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon is a 1970 American comedy-drama film directed and produced by Otto Preminger.[1] The film is based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Marjorie Kellogg.


Junie Moon is a girl whose face was scarred in a vicious battery acid attack—by her boyfriend Jesse. In an institution, she meets Arthur, who lives with epilepsy, and Warren, a gay paraplegic who uses a wheelchair. The trio are disabled but not down, and they decide to live together in an older, rented house, determined to help one another and to prove themselves.[2]



Reception and legacy[edit]

Unlike Minnelli's previous film, 1969's The Sterile Cuckoo, which was successful artistically and financially, as well as netting Minnelli an Oscar nomination as Best Actress, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon was a disappointment to most critics and a financial failure at the box office. Roger Ebert was one of the few critics who did not dislike the film and particularly praised the performances of Minelli, Coco and Moore.

Ebert summed up his review:

The ending is not convincing, alas; we're never quite sure what happened to the Howard character, or why. And surely in 1970 people don't make tender speeches and then die on cue in their lover's arms. But, on balance, the movie works and tells us something about three or four good people who are trying to cope. That's enough.[2]

Olive Films announced that it would release Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time on August 16, 2016.[3]


Otto Preminger was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (August 4, 1970). "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon". Chicago Sun-Times.
  3. ^ "Liza Minnelli's TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME, JUNIE MOON to Debut on Blu-ray". Broadway World. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon". Retrieved 2009-04-11.

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