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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 »
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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
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R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor
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Bad Movie, Beautiful People See more (20 total) »

Cast

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Elizabeth Taylor ... Fran Walker

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

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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:
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 »
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Referenced in Code Name: Raw-Hide (1972)See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Bad Movie, Beautiful People, 26 November 2001
Author: (mg1119) from California

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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