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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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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

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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)
 
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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 | Sweden:Btl | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
Richard Burton was standing behind the camera while Beatty and Taylor filmed their bedroom love scene and made taunting remarks between takes. The actors wore towels under the blankets.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:
But Not for MeSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Where's the rest of the story?, 17 July 2001
Author: jaykay-10

So full of holes in plot and characterization that you must wonder how this was considered a finished product - for stage or screen.

Taylor, who is neither built like a chorine nor moves like one, becomes involved with a boyish Beatty, who, according to the story, is two years older than she. (Even the makeup department had their problems with this one.) Afraid to commit herself emotionally because she's seen too much of the sordid sides of life and love, she nevertheless ends up committing herself totally to a compulsive gambler. That he has undergone some type of catharsis and will gamble no more is something she is ready to believe, but, I fear, the audience is not - especially since he has just gambled away his long-sought ticket out of Las Vegas. What she has to offer him (or any man) in the way of understanding, companionship, support and stability is very much open to question. Her own ticket out of Las Vegas, in the person of a married boyfriend who has-against all expectations-divorced his wife in order to marry her, is rejected for an uncertain future as a compulsive gambler's woman. Why? Unless you are prepared to blindly accept the catch-all "because she loves him," you won't find the answer in this picture. Speaking of fantasy, although she proudly insists that she has never taken money from any man, she lives in a beautifully-furnished apartment and has an extensive, very stylish wardrobe - notwithstanding her pointing out (for our benefit, I suppose) that her jewelry is not costly and her furs are not real. Is she lying about her source of income? If so, it is inconsistent with a character who is presented as being emotionally honest, however confused she might be. If her claim is to be taken literally, how can she manage such a lifestyle on a chorus girl's salary?

There is lots more that doesn't ring true in a picture that fails to build, fails to involve the viewer, and ultimately falls flat.

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