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Director:
Writers:
Frank D. Gilroy (play)
Frank D. Gilroy (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 January 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Dice was his vice. Men hers.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Blu-ray Release: The Only Game in Town
 (From Disc Dish. 28 May 2013, 1:38 PM, PDT)

Producers Guild of America 2013 Awards Posted Here
 (From Alt Film Guide. 26 January 2013, 9:13 PM, PST)

R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor
 (From Dark Horizons. 23 March 2011, 7:33 AM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Fran Walker

Warren Beatty ... Joe Grady
Charles Braswell ... Lockwood
Hank Henry ... Tony
Olga Valéry ... Hooker (as Olga Valery)

Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank D. Gilroy  play
Frank D. Gilroy  screenplay

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
Jean Yaakov Szniten .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë  (as Henri Decae)
 
Film Editing by
John W. Holmes 
William Sands 
Pat Shade 
 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal  (as Herman Blumenthal)
Auguste Capelier 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Makeup Department
Alexandre .... hair stylist: Mrs Taylor (as Alexandre de Paris)
Claudie Ettori .... hair stylist
John Jiras .... makeup artist: Mr. Beatty
Frank La Rue .... makeup artist: Miss Taylor (as Frank LaRue)
John Jiras .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Christian Ferry .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Doudell .... assistant director
Robert Swink .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound (as Jo De Bretagne)
David Dockendorf .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mia Fonssagrives .... costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
Vicki Tiel .... costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
 
Music Department
Bobby Bryant .... musician: flugel horn solo
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Michel Mention .... orchestrator
Ernie Watts .... musician: alto saxophone solo
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Springer .... unit publicist
Alan Arnold .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
113 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:S | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Sweden:Btl | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Because Elizabeth Taylor wanted to be near husband Richard Burton, who was at the time filming Staircase (1969) in Europe, she demanded this film, with its Las Vegas setting, be filmed in Paris, France. The studio agreed, thereby increasing the budget considerably as detailed American streetscapes, casinos, apartments and supermarkets had to be recreated in Paris. In the end (after 86 days shooting in Paris) the company had to move to the real Las Vegas anyway for ten additional days of intensive shooting.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"Easy Come, Easy Go", 25 October 2002
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio

The superficial values and emotional anguish that often permeate the world of gambling is captured by George Stevens in his final film.

Maurice Jarre's "bluesy" score (punctuated by a sorrowful trumpet) enhances the "downer" quality of this mundane drama.

It's understandable why Stevens saw something in this Frank D. Gilroy script, based upon his play. During this general period there were some pretty stark two-character plays being produced.

There was, for example, "Two for the Seasaw," "Silent Night, Lonely Night," "Husbands," and "Scenes from a Marriage." In this last film Ingmar Bergman laid bare a vacillating marriage-on-the brink, creating heart-breaking experience.

In "The Only Game in Town," two very good-looking actors try their hand at a challenging duo-character piece. It is said that "one-take" Frank Sinatra declined the role because he felt it might clash with Stevens' perfectionistic "multiple-take" approach. He was probably right.

The part then went to Warren Beatty, who tries very hard in what almost sounds like a Sinatra imitation (close one's eyes and listen to his timing and inflection). Elizabeth Taylor was apparently a favorite of the director, having utilized her talents successfully twice before. She invests her role with much energy and feeling.

However, the two, for all their earnest effort, create only a medium degree of "chemistry." Part of their lack of connection is in the script, which saddles Beatty's "ring-a-ding" character with an unrelenting degree of flippancy, right up to the last line. Taylor's role doesn't break any fresh dramatic ground, either.

Most people agree, though, that it's pretty hard to stop watching this, once one gets past the [characteristically slow Stevens] "late bedroom" -"morning after" scenes. While the presentation didn't exactly turn out to be the consummate emotional experience Stevens was obviously striving for, "The Only Game in Town" is still a most respectable piece of work.

With this opus, a great film director bid his final farewell to the medium.

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