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The Happy Ending (1969)

M  -  Drama  -  4 September 1970 (Finland)
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A middle-aged woman walks out on her husband and family in an desperate attempt to find herself.

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Mary Wilson
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Fred Wilson
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Flo Harrigan
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Sam
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Mrs. Spencer
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Harry Bricker
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Agnes
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Franco (as Robert Darin)
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Helen Bricker
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Marge Wilson
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Betty
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Ethel
William O'Connell ...
Minister (as Wm. O'Connell)
Barry Cahill ...
Handsome Man
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The triumphs and failures of middle age as seen through the eyes of runaway American housewife Mary Wilson (Jean Simmons), a woman who believes that ultimate reality exists above and beyond the routine procedures of conscious, uninspired, everyday life. She feels cheated by an older generation that taught her to settle for nothing less than storybook finales, people who are disillusioned and restless and don't know why, people for whom life holds no easy answers. Great supporting cast includes John Forsythe, Teresa Wright, Lloyd Bridges, Shirley Jones, Bobby Darin, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, and Nanette Fabray. Written by alfiehitchie

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Marriage is a 30 billion dollar business! And that's just to get married. See more »

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4 September 1970 (Finland)  »

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Amar Sem Amor  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Theresa Wright was just 11 years older than Jean Simmons, who was playing her daughter. See more »

Goofs

During opening credit sequence, many late model 1960's cars can be seen in flashback scene supposedly set 15 years earlier. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mary Wilson: If... if right now we were not married, if you were free, would you marry me again ?
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Features Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Played over the beginning and ending credits
Also performed by Michael Dees
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Life with the terminally boring
30 January 2004 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

This tremendous, under rated late 1960's film by Richard Brooks features Jean Simmons at her very best as the woman who has it all, but still can't find

happiness. Without intending to, the contrast between materialistic life in 1960's America and the carefree simple life of the Bahamas is used as a backdrop to

show the futility of the search for happiness. A melodrama about alcoholism, depression, and the life of a bored housewife, The Happy Ending does a terrific job of drawing its audience into this unfortunate world. Great performances by John Forsythe, Lloyd Bridges and Dick Shawn (a highly under rated character

actor who made his mark in a Mad, Mad, Mad World) make this an important

film. Watch this film, you will be pleasantly surprised. Best watched with a couple of chilled martinis and some party mix in a fancy crystal bowl.


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