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3 December 1971 (Ireland) See more »
They touched each other and let go of the world.
An aging actor finds himself falling for the beautiful, and much younger, wife of an attorney. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jason Robards ... Matthew South

Katharine Ross ... Anais Appleton
Scott Hylands ... David Appleton

Roy Jenson ... Man in park (as Roy C. Jenson)

Mark Bramhall ... Man in park
Marc Hannibal ... Dog owner
Robert C. Ferro Jr. ... Private detective
Floy Dean ... Woman in restaurant
Chuck Dorsett ... Dentist (as Charles Dorsett)
Laura Ash ... Patient
Robert Rothwell ... Policeman
Vera Stough ... Girl in movie
James Burr Johnson ... FBI agent
Lou Picetti ... FBI agent
Stu Klitsner ... FBI agent
Robin Menken ... Hippie
Christopher Pray ... Hippie

Jack Nance ... Hippie

Mako ... Psychiatrist
Mimi Fariña ... Herself
Rod Arrants
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael L. Davis ... Policeman (as Michael Davis)
Sean Maley ... Boy in park

Joanna Cassidy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Roy Jelliffe ... Man in restaurant (uncredited)

Suzanne Somers ... Woman at Baptism (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Gries 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Rudelson 

Produced by
Henri Bollinger .... producer
Pat Rooney .... executive producer
Robert Yamin .... producer (as Robert H. Yamin)
Original Music by
Shorty Rogers 
Cinematography by
Michel Hugo 
Film Editing by
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt 
Makeup Department
Greg LaCava .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clark L. Paylow .... assistant director (as Clark Paylow)
Sound Department
James T. Mansen .... sound
Louis Yates .... sound (as Louis H. Yates)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Dova .... key grip (as Richard D. Spah)
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Don Marshall .... gaffer (as Donald M. Marshall)

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93 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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"Thousand Clowns" update...a diatribe against our soulless society which says that even diatribes are pointless, 7 April 2009
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Confrontations continually dog a new romantic couple in San Francisco: Katharine Ross as the estranged wife of a powerful lawyer and Jason Robards playing a low-rent horror movie actor who's house-sitting for a friend. Heavy-handed presentation 'with something to say' has Robards alternately shouting "Machines! Machines!" at the constant city traffic before quoting "Huckleberry Finn" and "King Lear". Too bad the only person listening to him is his new lady, who has problems of her own. Ross is a very attractive presence, but her performance is uneven; she's hesitant, then indignant...wistful, then frightened...contemplative, then angry. She enters the picture as a carefree flower child, but is soon turned into a psychological wreck being taunted by her soon-to-be ex. Director Tom Gries can't seem to get all the pieces in Robert Rudelson's overreaching screenplay to jell; there's too many angry or apathetic people milling about, too much miscellaneous misanthropic conversation which serves little purpose. The locations are well-captured, and Kenny Rogers and the First Edition provide a few dated, yet pleasant songs. However, "Fools" is just a writer's folly, one that not even Gries and Rudelson seem satisfied with. For his part, Robards is more handsome and three-dimensional than usual, but 93 minutes of his spouting off is far too much. An interesting misfire. ** from ****

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