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Divorce American Style (1967)

 -  Comedy  -  21 June 1967 (USA)
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After 17 years, things have got too predictable and stale. They argue, they visit a marriage counselor, Richard (drunk) visits a prostitute. They split up. After meeting other people, they ... See full summary »

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Richard Harmon
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Barbara Harmon
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Nelson Downes
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Nancy Downes
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Al Yearling
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Lionel Blandsforth
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David Grieff
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Dr. Zenwinn
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Dede Murphy
Pat Collins ...
Herself
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Farley
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Fern Blandsforth
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Larry Strickland (as Dick Gautier)
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Mark Harmon (as Tim Matthieson)
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Jonathan Harmon
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After 17 years, things have got too predictable and stale. They argue, they visit a marriage counselor, Richard (drunk) visits a prostitute. They split up. After meeting other people, they are re-united at a night club where they realize that their marriage was better than their divorce. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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This Love Story Has Three Sides... His Side... Her Side... And the Inside!

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Divorce à l'américaine  »

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Tim Matheson's movie debut. See more »

Goofs

When Richard is bowling with the kids, he gutters the first and second balls. The pinsetter picks up the pins on both shots. (It should have knocked the leftover pins down and reset them after his second gutter ball). See more »

Quotes

Dede Murphy: So, since when do men grow up? They just grow old. You know what I call this apartment sometimes? Boys' Town.
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Referenced in I Dream of Jeannie: Divorce, Genie Style (1968) See more »

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Let's Fall in Love
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung partially by Pat Collins
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Forgotten 60s comedy
22 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The marriage of Richard and Barbara Harmon (Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds) is falling apart. They're always fighting and are extremely unhappy. They decide to divorce and go their separate ways. They're helped by friends and co-workers played by Jason Robards, beautiful Jean Simmons, Van Johnson, Joe Flynn and Lee Grant.

I never even knew this movie existed until it popped up on TCM. It seems to be a forgotten movie which is too bad because its lots of fun. The script is excellent--most of it is a comedy but they also bring up interesting and serious insights into love, sex and relationships. The entire cast is great throwing off one-liners left and right. Also this is a fascinating social documents of the late 1960s to see how couples lived, the things they talked about, the fashions they wore and the houses they had. Sure it's dated but I was never bored. Also it's fun to see 20 year old Tim Matheson in his first film (playing a teenager!). Worth catching.


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