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7 January 1971 (Netherlands) See more »
Behind every 'successful' man is an understanding woman... or two... or three!
A young surgeon becomes bored with his wife and family, he has a very successful career, but even with having so much in life, he feels empty and goes through a series of brief and meaningless relations with attractive women. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Gross-humored revue sketches interspersed with sharp-fanged marital truths...some funny scenes See more (1 total) »


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Elliott Gould ... Dr. Richard Burrows

Brenda Vaccaro ... Jody Burrows

Angel Tompkins ... Helene Donnelly

Dabney Coleman ... Frank Donnelly

Leonard Stone ... Dr. Neilson
Joan Tompkins ... Grandma Dennison

Helen Westcott ... Mrs. Burrows

Ivor Francis ... Dr. Korngold
Al Checco ... Dr. Meyerberg

JoAnna Cameron ... Nurse Sharon

Veleka Gray ... The Stewardess

Damian London ... Leslie

Tom Toner ... John Bosley
Gloria Manon ... Prostitute
Frederic Downs ... Minister
Todd Baron ... Richard at 12
Laara Lacey ... Woman Neighbor
Peter Stuart ... Andy at 7

Dawn Lyn ... Stephanie at 5

Heather North ... Betty
Nikita Knatz ... Art Teacher
Andy Stuart ... Andy at 2
Janice Pennington ... Nurse Cynthia
Robert Kaufman ... Devil
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barbara Davis ... Peggy (uncredited)
Michelle Livingston ... Stephanie at 1-Baby (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Stuart 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Kaufman 

Produced by
Robert Kaufman .... associate producer
Stan Margulies .... producer
David L. Wolper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks 
Film Editing by
David Saxon 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
George C. Webb 
Costume Design by
Helen Colvig 
Makeup Department
Gae Clark Butler .... hair stylist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bob Larson .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Christenberry .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank R. McKelvy .... set dresser (as Frank McKelvy)
Sound Department
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
William Griffith .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Brenda Vaccaro (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Terry F. White .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Christie .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... continuity (as Betty Abbott)
Crew believed to be complete

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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | UK:X | USA:R (certificate #22607) | West Germany:16

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Elliott Gould turned down " Mccabe And Mrs Miller " to make this.See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Gross-humored revue sketches interspersed with sharp-fanged marital truths...some funny scenes, 31 May 2009
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Average-looking and living medical student--newly married, horny, and happy with his choices--finds his marriage and sex-life suddenly going south after his wife delivers their first child. Realistic marital blahs and hang-ups in the suburbs has funny, acerbic observations to make, and yet much of the picture feels half-baked, unfinished. Director Mel Stuart's rude, pointed sense of satire surfaces on occasion (such as a wonderful scene depicting a difference of opinion in front of the ice-cream man), yet often Stuart doesn't quite connect with writer Robert Kaufman's more outlandish ideas. The general concept is jumbled and, with Elliott Gould faintly distracted in the lead, the picture keeps slipping back into first gear. Wife Brenda Vaccaro loses all interest in intimacy, tells her husband to go get a prostitute if he wants sex, and then calls out, "Where are you going?" as he walks out the door. It's amusing and familiar and likable. However, Kaufman's sketch-like approach plays out like a depressed cartoon. Moments of the movie make you laugh, but there's always a faintly bitter taste afterwards. ** from ****

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