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The Arrangement -- Kirk Douglas and Faye Dunaway headline in this high-pitched story of a successful executive who is forced to confront the realities of his complicated life.
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Director:
Writers:
Elia Kazan (written by)
Elia Kazan (novel)
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Release Date:
18 November 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's the new life-style. See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(9 articles)
User Reviews:
A Film Whose Time Has Come. See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Eddie Anderson

Faye Dunaway ... Gwen

Deborah Kerr ... Florence Anderson

Richard Boone ... Sam Arness

Hume Cronyn ... Arthur Houghton
Michael Higgins ... Michael Anderson
Carol Eve Rossen ... Gloria Anderson (as Carol Rossen)
William Hansen ... Dr. Weeks

Harold Gould ... Dr. Leibman

Michael Murphy ... Father Draddy
John Randolph Jones ... Charles
Anne Hegira ... Thomna
Charles Drake ... Finnegan
E.J. André ... Uncle Joe (as E.J. Andre)
Philip Bourneuf ... Judge Morris

Dianne Hull ... Ellen Anderson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donna Anders ... Girl in Motel (uncredited)

Brian Andrews ... Child (uncredited)
David Barton ... Michael - Age 12 (uncredited)
Julia Black ... Nude (uncredited)

Steve Bond ... Eddie - Age 15 (uncredited)
Betty Bresler ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Helen Bruno ... Wife of Judge Morris (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Nurse (uncredited)
Stephen Coit ... Santa Claus (uncredited)
Bob Collis ... Zephyr Commercial (uncredited)
Bert Conway ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Francis De Sales ... Presentation Executive (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Nurse Costello (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... The Rocking Boy (uncredited)
Raymond Guth ... Guard (uncredited)
James Halferty ... Evangelos - Age 18 (uncredited)
Harry Hauss ... Pilot (uncredited)
Clint Kimbrough ... Ben (uncredited)
Dorothy Konrad ... Cook (uncredited)
John Lawrence ... Arthur's Aide (uncredited)

Maureen McCormick ... Zephyr Commercial (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Benson (uncredited)
Al McGranary ... Board Member (uncredited)
Valerie Miller ... Zephyr Commercial (uncredited)
Richard Morrill ... Sawyer (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Mr. Meyer (uncredited)
John Ortega ... Pilot (uncredited)
Pat Patterson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Virginia Peters ... Butch Bentley (uncredited)
Beverly Ralston ... Zephyr Commercial (uncredited)
Walter Rode ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Executive (uncredited)
Barry Russo ... Doctor (uncredited)

Robert Shayne ... Board Member (uncredited)
Charles Stewart ... Board Member (uncredited)
Chet Stratton ... Charlie (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Board Member (uncredited)

Barry Sullivan ... Chet Collier (uncredited)
Willy Switkes ... Man (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
 
Writing credits
Elia Kazan (written by)

Elia Kazan (novel "The Arrangement")

Produced by
Elia Kazan .... producer
Charles H. Maguire .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Amram 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stefan Arnsten 
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
 
Art Direction by
Malcolm C. Bert 
 
Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel  (as Audrey Blasdel)
 
Costume Design by
Theadora Van Runkle 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burtt Harris .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Larry Jost .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
 
Stunts
Bob Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Amram .... conductor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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125 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
After Marlon Brando dropped out of this film, his role was offered to Charlton Heston, who turned it down because, he claimed, the main character was "a loser".See more »
Quotes:
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 kept trying to kill myself!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Brando (2007) (TV)See more »

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Is the movie based on a novel?
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Film Whose Time Has Come., 4 April 2007
Author: thataw from Asheville NC

Panned and patronized at the time of it's initial release, Elia Kazan's adaptation of his best selling book THE ARRANGEMENT plays much better now than it did in 1969. Made after a 6 year hiatus from film-making at a time when movies were enjoying unheard of freedom due to the demise of the production code, THE ARRANGEMENT clearly shows that Kazan was still a director to be reckoned with. The basic premise was nothing new. A highly successful businessman (Kirk Douglas) suffers a mid-life crisis and attempts suicide. How he and the other characters deal with the aftermath make up the rest of the story. Kazan has always been an actor's director and the film provides a showcase for the young Faye Dunaway as Douglas' mistress who gets him to reexamine his life but wants out to be with someone else. Deborah Kerr in her last major film appearance is superb in the difficult role of the wife who tries to understand what Douglas is going through but doesn't want to give up the rich lifestyle she's become accustomed to. Strong support is given by Hume Cronyn as the family solicitor who has plans of his own and from Richard Boone in a rare non-Western role as Douglas' ailing father. His slide into dementia is both heartbreaking and terrifying. Marlon Brando had originally agreed to play the lead but bowed out allowing Kirk Douglas who really wanted to work with Kazan to step in. While not stage trained like the other principals, he acquits himself well in an emotionally as opposed to a physically demanding role. The combination of raw emotions, alternating points-of-view including black humor, and touches of surrealism was ambitious then and still is today (think American BEAUTY). The movie is not without its flaws. It runs too long and is occasionally sloppy in everything from editing to make-up but the powerful writing and intense performances make THE ARRANGEMENT provocative film-making nearly 40 years later. Called everything from a harrowing emotional ride to a self-indulgent mess, it is ultimately for the home viewer to decide (my rating indicates where I stand). Kazan will always be a controversial figure because of his HUAC testimony in the 1950's but his greatness as a director cannot be denied and remains captured on film for all to see.

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