"American Playhouse" (1981) {Waiting for the Moon (#6.19)} TV Season

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Overview "American Playhouse" Season 06 Episode 19 (S06E19)



Ratings / Votes
6.2/ 10 (116 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
A.B. Films - (a production of)
American Playhouse Theatrical Films
Channel Four Films [gb] - (in association with) (as Channel 4)
Degeto Film [de] - (in association with) (as ARD/Degeto)
La Société Française de Production [fr] - (co-produced by)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - January 1987
(USA) - 6 March 1987
(USA) - 15 June 1987
(Czech Republic) - 25 January 2002

Running Time


historical-event, independent-film, lesbian, summer,

Technical Support
LAB:Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France - (as Laboratoires Éclair - Paris)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm

Related Pictures

Pictures of "American Playhouse" (1981) {Waiting for the Moon (#6.19)} Movie not found

Full Cast

  1. Achache, Jean as [Doctor] <15>
  2. Boudet, Jacques as [Guillaume Apollinaire] <3>
  3. Cambon, Pascal as [Sound Effects Man] <12>
  4. Chapuis, Pierre-Alain as [Priest] <7>
  5. Langlet, Daniel as [Monsieur Thiele] <8>
  6. McCarthy, Andrew (I) as [Henry Hopper] <4>
  7. McGill, Bruce as [Ernest Hemingway] <10>
  8. Schulberg, K.C. as [Stage Manager] <11>
  9. Vargas, Adolfo (I) as (voice) [Pablo Picasso] <6>
  10. Zinetti, Emilie as [Baby Willi] <18>
  11. Bassett, Linda (I) as [Gertrude Stein] <2>
  12. Bellac, Brigitte as [Prostitute] <14>
  13. Dubuc, Catherine as [Pauline] <17>
  14. Gleizer, Michèle as (as Michèle Gleiser) [Madame Thiele] <9>
  15. Hunt, Linda (I) as [Alice B. Toklas] <1>
  16. Lafont, Bernadette as [Fernande Olivier] <5>
  17. Laurence, Mauricette as [Hélène] <16>
  18. Rovère, Liliane as (as Liliane Rovere) [Bordello Madame] <13>


  1. Drama

Full Plot

Sundance prizewinner. Fictionalized portrait of one of history's great literary couples: Stein & Toklas. Summer 1930s France, Alice tends to ailing Gertrude; they visit Fernande Olivier, Guillaume Apollinaire, others; and Hemingway pops in. trivwhiz A few months in the life of Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein. During this 1930s summer, they fear Gertrude is seriously ill. While they await the results of medical tests, Alice attends to Gertrude in addition to giving assistance editing Gertrude's writing. They go driving in the French countryside (Gertrude drives, Alice navigates) and meet a young American on his way to fight in the Spanish Civil War. They visit Pablo Picasso and his muse, Fernande Olivier, and Guillaume Apollinaire. Ernest Hemingway pays a call. A friend brings a fatherless baby whom Alice agrees to care for. Through it all, Gertrude takes Alice for granted, treating her abruptly and unfeelingly. Hemingway complains on Alice's behalf. Can Gertrude bring herself to be tender? Plot not found

Total Business

CP: Copyright 1986 The Laboratory for Icon and Idiom, Inc. GR: USD 751,555 (USA)

Movie Certificate


Music Composers

  1. Sahl, Michael


  1. Neau, André (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Tavernier, Elisabeth (as Élisabeth Tavernier)


Facets Multimedia Distribution [us]
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) [us] - (1987) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
Skouras Pictures [us] - (1987) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Klotz, Georges


  1. Aurouet, Laurence (production assistant)
  2. Barry, Miranda (I) (story consultant: American Playhouse)
  3. Bernheim, Chantal (script supervisor)
  4. Bourboulon, Véronique (location manager)
  5. Cambon, Pascal (production assistant)
  6. Chorafas, Rosalie (dialogue coach: Ms. Bassett) (as Rosalie Chorafa)
  7. Cliot, Jason (production assistant)
  8. Counts, Maida (production coordinator: U.S.)
  9. D'Audeville, Stéphane (production assistant) (as Stéphane Audeville)
  10. Daniel, Frank (I) (creative consultant: Sundance Institute)
  11. Davis, David (XXXIII) (production executive: American Playhouse) (as David Davis, Executive Director)
  12. De Boiste, Gérard (caterer) (as Gérard de Boiste)
  13. Disle, Antoine (production assistant)
  14. Dubarry, Emmanuelle (production assistant) (as Émanuelle Dubarry)
  15. Kouassi, Édouard (production assistant)
  16. Kustow, Michael (production executive: Channel 4) (as Michael Kustow, Commissioning Editor)
  17. Lackschewitz, Klaus (I) (production executive: ARD Filmredaktion)
  18. Lucey, Barbara (auditor)
  19. Mousley, Sheryl (production assistant)
  20. N'Xumalo, Seipati (production assistant) (as Seipati Nxumalo)
  21. Schomaker, Blair (production assistant)
  22. Schulberg, K.C. (production coordinator)
  23. Skouras, Dimitri (production executive: Skouras Pictures) (as Dimitri Skouras, President and CEO)
  24. Spade, Henri (production executive: Société Française de Production) (as Henri Spade, Directeur Délégué Généralé)
  25. Steinhart, Peter (production executive: ARD Filmredaktion)

Other Titles

  1. "American Playhouse" (1981) {Warten auf den Mond (#6.19)} (ENG)
    (West Germany)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Nucourt, France
  2. Villers-en-Arthies, France


- 'K.C. Schulberg' (qv) who portrays the "Stage Manager," is the brother of the films' producer, 'Sandra Schulberg' (qv).

- First film role of 'Linda Bassett (I)' (qv), who portrayed Gertrude Stein.

- 'Linda Bassett (I)' (qv) was 36 or 37 at the time of production, while 'Gertrude Stein' (qv) both the real person, and the character Bassett portrayed, was aged 62 to 65 during the late 1930s (the exact 1930s year is not specified in the film, although it is concurrent with the Spanish Civil War, July 17, 1936 to April 1, 1939), the time period setting for the film.

- 'Linda Hunt (I)' (qv) was 41 or 42 at the time of production, while Alice B. Toklas both the real person, and the character Hunt portrayed, was aged 59 to 62 during the late 1930s (the exact 1930s year is not specified in the film, although it is concurrent with the Spanish Civil War, July 17, 1936 to April 1, 1939), the time period setting for the film.

- Gertrude tells Henry Hopper, portrayed by 'Andrew McCarthy (I)' (qv), that their name for their car is "Priscilla," which is a fictionalized reference to the actual name they used for their car, "Auntie," which they named for Gertrude's aunt Pauline, of who