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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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Fran Walker
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Joe Grady
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Olga Valéry ...
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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

Frank Sinatra was originally cast as Joe Grady but dropped out due to concert commitments according to Kine Weekly 16/11/1968 He was replaced by Warren Beatty. See also Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). 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 Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) 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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Bad Movie, Beautiful People
26 November 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty bad movie, but hard to look away from the pretty people inhabiting it. Warren Beatty was unbelievably gorgeous in his younger days. He also was a surprisingly effective and poignant actor. His performance elevates an otherwise pedestrian movie. It really is on par with a television movie, down to the cheesy soundtrack music. Elizabeth Taylor is incredibly miscast. She is lovely to look at, though rather old-looking, for some reason. She couldn't have been more than five years older than Beatty, but looks at least ten years his senior, in spite of being filmed in soft focus. She also is quite zaftig, though it's refreshing in light of the anorexic actresses one sees now. She's totally unbelievable as a showgirl. The average showgirl is tall and slender; the tiny, curvaceous Ms. Taylor would never have even gotten an audition. She also phones in her performance, which doesn't help her rather poorly-drawn character. The film is a series of relationship and situational cliches. You can predict the dialogue before it's spoken. You have to wonder, too, why a stalwart such as George Stevens would choose such a flaccid script as his final project. Someone must have waved a lot of money under these big names' noses to get this made. It's a shame to waste such directing and acting talent. But if you start watching, you probably won't be able to take your eyes off it. They don't make beauties like Beatty and Taylor in Hollywood anymore, at least with as much charisma to go with the looks.


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