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Divorce American Style (1967)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 June 1967 (USA)
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
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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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Trivia

Early in the movie they mention that they're paying their maid $250/month and that their house cost $49,000. Inflation adjust equivalents in 2010 are $1614.14/month for the maid and $316,372.14 for the house. See more »

Goofs

When Debbie Reynolds is curling her hair and Dick Van Dyke is cutting his toenails, we see Debbie from behind and her reflection in the mirror. There are clearly two rollers pinned to the top of her head. Dick cuts a toenail that lands on Debbie's vanity table. She is shot from the front where we see her flick the toenail off the table with no rollers on her head. In the next shot from behind again, the rollers magically reappear. 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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Punky Brewster: Divorce Anderson Style (1987) 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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A Remarkably Witty and Scathingly Satirical Comedy. Nice Work
21 August 1999 | by (Clearwater, Fl.) – See all my reviews

Divorce-American Style, a surprisingly intelligent effort from writers Kaufman and Lear and TV power-house director Bud Yorkin, was first in series of witty, satirical releases that included "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "Lovers and Other Strangers". This way-paving comedy featured the delightfully flustered pairing of Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds as a successful 'Married With Children' duo who, after years of supporting each another, simply tire. despite it's (minor) shortcomings, the sharp dialogue certainly justifies the screenplay oscar nod. Nice work. ***1/2 out of ****


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