The Arrangement (1969)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 November 1969 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Anderson
Florence Anderson
Sam Arness
Arthur Houghton
Michael Higgins ...
Michael Anderson
Carol Eve Rossen ...
Gloria Anderson (as Carol Rossen)
William Hansen ...
Dr. Weeks
Dr. Leibman
Father Draddy
John Randolph Jones ...
Anne Hegira ...
Charles Drake ...
E.J. André ...
Uncle Joe (as E.J. Andre)
Philip Bourneuf ...
Judge Morris


Eddie is a very rich man who has everything he wants; money, family, success, but a car crash causes him to reevaluate the life he leads. Searching for the happiness he lost, he remembers his one-time lover, Gwen, even as his wife conspires to take his fortune... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <>

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18 November 1969 (USA)  »

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L'arrangement  »

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Richard Boone, who plays the father of Kirk Douglas' character in the film, was actually six months younger than Douglas in real life. See more »


Eddie Anderson: I want you to sell that house. And sell that place in the desert. Sell the cars, the paintings, that Bulgarian statue in the garden. Sell the books, the records, deep freezer, everything! Look, I'm the head of the house, that's an order: sell it!
Florence Anderson: Yes, but Eddie, be sensible. Where would we GO?
Eddie Anderson: What do we really need? We'll get a small apartment here, and start from scratch.
Eddie Anderson: Eddie, you've worked hard all your life. You deserve a comfortable living.
Eddie Anderson: [Blurts out laughing] I wasn't *comfortable*! I ...
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A sorrowfully neglected cinematic achievement

In recent years I have come to reevaluate most of Elia Kazan´s films. "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) looks more and more the stagebound it is and belongs rather to its actors than to its director. "On the Waterfront" first of all is an elaborated excuse for informing (something Kazan had done some years earlier in front of the HUAC). "America, America" (1963) is the sort of tale immigrants who have made it tend to tell at family gatherings over and over again. On the other hand "Panic in the Streets" (1950) now emerges as a powerful thriller about paranoia. "The Visitors" (1972) - more or less a home movie - is a painfully depiction of America´s guilt with regard to the Vietnam War and as such much ahead of its time (most certainly much ahead of Brian De Palma´s "Casualties of War" (1988), that tells are rather similar story). The most astonishing film being "The Arrangement" (1969), a film that has been dismissed that often as a downright bomb that this verdict was taken for granted for a very long time. Well, it´s high time for a change.

"The Arrangement" deals with an advertising executive´s alienation from his job, his family, his world and even from himself. This Eddie Anderson is one of Kirk Douglas´s most touching and least mannered performances. He manages to keep the audience interested in a guy who is lost in almost every sense of the word. A gripping psychodrama, a film for adults and therefore out of place even at a time when traditional Hollywood was blown away by America´s very own New Wave. "The Arrangement" may at times annoy you, but it won´t insult your intelligence for even that long as a second. Cudos to the director, Kirk Douglas and both Richard Boone and Deborah Kerr who gave two performances to crown their already sterling careers. Faye Dunaway, by the way, has never before and never since been that erotic on screen.

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