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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
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Producers Guild of America 2013 Awards Posted Here
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"The only game in town...is marriage!" See more (20 total) »

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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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:
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:
My Blue HeavenSee more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
"The only game in town...is marriage!", 7 May 2005
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Oddly old-fashioned chronicle of a gambling addict/pianist and a showgirl sharing an apartment in Las Vegas. From an unsuccessful play, this talky exercise with excitable characters does have interesting things to say about relationships and addictions, but it goes on too long and begins to repeat itself. Elizabeth Taylor is upstaged by her hairdo (it hides her face half the time) and her shriek grows tiresome; Warren Beatty is too young for his role (when he talks to Liz of growing old together, one can only visualize her growing much older before he), but his pent-up nervousness is palpable and his frustration is convincing. The film is claustrophobic and looks bad (it was mostly filmed in Paris, France--and one can practically sense the dislocation), with a principal set decorated in gold and avocado. Some good scenes, otherwise an interesting failure. ** from ****

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