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The Only Game in Town (1970)

M  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  21 January 1970 (USA)
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Fran walks into a piano bar for pizza. She comes back home with Joe, the piano player. Joe plans on winning $5,000 and leave Las Vegas. Fran waits for something else. Meanwhile, he moves in with her.

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Olga Valéry ...
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Storyline

While waiting in vain for her married lover to get a divorce, Fran Walker, a lonely chorus girl approaching middle age, falls for Joe Grady, a frustrated musician and compulsive gambler who dreams of escaping Las Vegas for fame and fortune in New York City. Written by alfiehitchie

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Dice was his vice. Men hers.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 January 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das einzige Spiel in der Stadt  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Warren Beatty hates casinos and gambling, he did the film mainly as a favor to his mentor, director George Stevens. See more »

Goofs

When Fran gets off work at Desert Inn at beginning of film, her walk home makes no geographical sense. She is strolling past hotels, chapels and casinos miles apart and in completely opposite directions. See more »

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Referenced in Code Name: Raw-Hide (1972) See more »

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But Not for Me
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played by Joe at the piano
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Better With Age
25 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I recorded this off of the TV years ago & I must say I really like it more as the years go by.

When I first saw it about 25 years ago I didn't get it at all & was very disappointed by the cheap setting etc...it felt very much like a filmed play.

But now I really appreciate it as very sensitive film about two lost people who find each other at lonely points in their lives & hook up to conquer the boredom and loneliness, take each other for granted and then realise they actually love each other.

Liz could be a very sensitive, emotional & witty performer. She's often at her best in little movies and I think this is one of her most touching and emotional performances. She gives this picture wit and soul which make up for the cheaply put together locations.

Warren Beatty, who I usually find quite 'blah,' is also good as the guy with a gambling habit who falls for a lonely dancer.


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