American Playhouse (1981– )
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Who Am I This Time? 

From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely-... See full summary »


Jonathan Demme


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (story), Neal Miller (as Morton Neal Miller)


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Episode cast overview:
Susan Sarandon ... Helene Shaw
Christopher Walken ... Harry Nash
Robert Ridgely ... George Johnson
Dorothy Patterson ... Doris
Caitlin Hart Caitlin Hart ... Lydia
Les Podewell Les Podewell ... Les
Aaron Freeman Aaron Freeman ... Andrew
Jerry Vile Jerry Vile ... Albert
Paula Frances Paula Frances ... Minnie
Mike Bacarella ... Stage Manager
Ron Parady Ron Parady ... Vern
Debbi Hopkins Debbi Hopkins ... Christie
Maria Todd Maria Todd ... Heather
Sandy McLeod Sandy McLeod ... Flirt #1
Edie Vonnegut Edie Vonnegut ... Flirt #2


From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely--while on stage. Susan Sarandon is new in town, a lonely itinerant telephone company employee. On a whim, she auditions for and gets the part of Stella to Walken's Stanley when the theater group does A Streetcar Named Desire. Before anyone realizes the growing affection between Helene and Stanley, she falls deeply in love with the sexy brute, not knowing what the real man is like. Written by Reid Gagle (with corrections by Fiona!)

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Release Date:

2 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hinckley, Illinois, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Helene (Sarandon) and Harry (Walken) have a picnic during a rehearsal break, halfway through the film, Harry gets rattled and begins twisting and fluttering his napkin. Sarandon does the same with her own napkin, in mimicry, to show her own nervousness. See more »


[George finds Harry in the hardware store. They are both nervous: George because he will be directing a play for the first time, Harry because he is always nervous. First thing, Harry spills a box of nails from the shelf and they crash upon the floor]
George Johnson: Anyway, I suppose you heard about the, uh, the next play!
[pause. Harry's face is blank, giving nothing away, good or bad]
George Johnson: Well, they asked me to direct, Harry! And I, I know you've only worked with Doris before, so I hope that isn't a problem.
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Walken and Sarandon are Excellent
6 January 2006 | by richlandwomanSee all my reviews

Walken gives a funny, sweet performance as a community theater acting dynamo and heart-throb -- who's so shy he can't hold a conversation unless it's scripted.

Sarandon is also very good as the woman who falls in love with him and attempts to bring him out of his off-stage shell.

To be honest, though, this TV movie suffers a bit from very cheap production values, occasionally weak direction, and mediocre performances by much of the rest of the cast -- even apart from their purposely amateurish play-within-a-play acting.

In addition, it's one of the few movies I've seen that's actually too short. It would have benefited from at least one more off-stage scene further developing Walken's and Sarandon's characters.

Still, I like it a lot and highly recommend it.

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