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Divorce American Style (1967)

Approved  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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21 June 1967 (USA)  »

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Divorce à l'américaine  »

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The judge presiding over divorce proceedings in the film is played by John J. Anthony, a real-life marriage guidance counselor. This was his only acting role in a film. See more »

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At the end of the chaotic "multiple children of recombined families" scene, as the cars pull away, several children can be seen still playing basketball in the background. But when the shot switches to aerial view, it is to show us that only one child was left behind. See more »

Quotes

Nelson Downes: I can imagine how anxious you must be to find the right woman. Your present wife a blonde maybe?
Richard Harmon: Ya, ya.
Nelson Downes: Well sir, a nice cool brunette would be just what the doctor ordered.
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: Opening credits (and the musical score) begin when a conductor - having just walked across a field and set up a music stand - raises his baton, gives a downbeat, and "cues" the sounds of husbands and wives arguing from the houses in the neighborhood below. At the end of the picture, the conductor again appears in the field above the neighborhood and begins conducting the final musical score through the closing credits (and drowning out the sound of arguing). See more »

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References Divorce Italian Style (1961) 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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"Divorce is an extremely sad and, uh, unpleasant business."
13 September 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I'm amazed I made it past the first half hour of this, beyond the scene where Lee Grant plays a hooker as if she was Joe Flynn's temperamental, demanding fiancée.

The plot is preposterous—an abrupt divorce, contrived for no real reason, railroaded by opportunistic acquaintances and lawyers. What's even more contrived is the legal system, as pointed out in the IMDb review by "trudyr". This movie is one of those where the theme (divorce) suddenly redefines the entire world. Everybody's divorced-- oh, and by the way, the kids are just fine with it. In one scene, a mishmash of men and women—1st husbands, 2nd husbands, ex wives, current wives, and all the combined children— leave a group picnic. It attempts Keystone Cops-style mayhem, and if that isn't funny enough (it isn't), wait for the punch line: they leave one kid behind because nobody is sure who's responsible for it.

The sad thing is that the four principals—Van Dyke, Reynolds, Robards, and Simmons—all do fine work. It's the only thing that raises this movie about the level of total disaster


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