The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck

The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck is a 1984 television film directed by Simon Langton. The film, starring Marlo Thomas and Kris Kristofferson, is based on the 1974 novel The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll, and has been released on VHS under the title Act of Passion.

The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck
Written byHeinrich Böll (novel)
Loring Mandel
Directed bySimon Langton
StarringMarlo Thomas
Kris Kristofferson
Music byLaurence Rosenthal
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English language
Executive producer(s)Marlo Thomas
Producer(s)John Nicolella
Production location(s)Chicago
Mettawa, Illinois
CinematographyGordon Willis
Editor(s)Phillip Schopper
Running time96 minutes
Production company(s)CBS Entertainment Production
Open Road
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseJanuary 24, 1984 (1984-01-24)


Kathryn Beck is the owner of a small catering business in small-town America who spends the night with a guy named Ben Cole, who unbeknownst to her is a suspected bank robber and Weatherman terrorist. After he leaves, the police burst into her house, hold her as a witness and ridicule her. When the media report about her rendez-vous, and call her a terrorist lover, Kathryn must try her best to save her image.



Marlo Thomas - who served as an executive producer - pitched the story to CBS herself, and personally recruited Kris Kristofferson for the male lead. In an interview she said that the role was written with him in mind; she gave him the script at 7 o'clock in the evening; according to her, he called her at midnight to accept the role.[1]


  1. ^ "Marlo Thomas Liked Role In 'Lost Honor' Role for TV by Jerry Buck, The Lewiston Daily Sun, January 20, 1984. p. 20.

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