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Daisy Gamble, an unusual woman who hears phones before they ring, and does wonders with her flowers, wants to quit smoking to please her fiancé, Warren. She goes to a doctor of hypnosis to do it. But once she's under, her doctor finds out that she can regress into past lives and different personalities, and he finds himself falling in love with one of them. Written by
According to the 1974 biography, "Barbra Streisand: The First Decade", this was originally envisioned as a 3-hour "road show" extravaganza, and included many sequences of Daisy's other lives (photos of which were printed in some pre-release promotions), but director Vincente Minnelli and the studio felt it would be too long, especially since musicals had already begun to fail at the box office. In addition to all but the briefest of Jack Nicholson's scenes being cut, a musical number sung by him, "Who Is There Among Us Who Knows?", with Barbra humming in harmony, was also cut, as well as a duet between Larry Blyden and Barbra Streisand. See more »
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Barbra is so Barbra and that's why the movie is there.
The critics savaged this one, so it must be good. Personally, I love it. Barbra is so Barbra and that's why the movie is there in the first place. Kvetching between her overbearing fiancé and a psychiatrist who is in love with the girl she used to be, literally, she sings to flowers and makes them grow and finds lost things and, oh yes, the phone is about to ring.
A young Jack Nicholson is her free spirited step-brother, and though he would not emerge as a star for several more years, he's every inch the Nicholson you know and love. There are great turns by Bob Newhart and Yves Montand, both a little stiff as you would expect, but in the end, Clear Day is exhilarating and uplifting. The DVD edition is manna from heaven, since widescreen is the only way to view good cinema, and the soundtrack is flawless in digital.
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