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Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)

Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known as a soon to be spinster if she doesn't marry soon. She isn't looking forward to ... See full summary »

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Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known as a soon to be spinster if she doesn't marry soon. She isn't looking forward to meeting the latest in a long string of blind dates, his name being Pete Seltzer. Pete and Tillie are not a match made in heaven, he using wisecracking and constant flirtations with women to mask his own insecurities about his average looks and not wanting to deal with life head on. Despite Tillie's guard being up with regard to Pete, he is able slowly to chip away at her defenses. They do embark on a relationship which ends up in a straightforward and somewhat mutual declaration that they will get married despite their fundamental differences. But can their relationship survive these fundamental differences, which don't change during the course of their marriage, and as they deal with the terminal malignant tumor diagnosis of their nine-year old son, Robbie? Written by Huggo

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All about love and marriage See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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8 June 1973 (Ireland)  »

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Pete i Tillie  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made and released about four years after its source novella "Witch's Milk" by author Peter de Vries was first published in 1968. See more »

Goofs

The song Strangers In The Night, first recorded in 1966, is heard on a jukebox in a scene set several years earlier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tillie Shlain: I wasn't looking forward to this party - or meeting Pete Seltzer. But when you've reached my age and your friends are beginning to worry about you, blind dates are a way of life.
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Connections

Followed by Pete 'n' Tillie (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's the Only Game in Town
Music by John Williams (as John T. Williams)
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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A poignant drama
30 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Carol Burnett and Walter Matthau provide moving performances as a couple struggling through maintaining a marriage in the wake of a heart-wrenching tragedy. An ode to a more eloquent age, this film engrosses the viewers in a world of two people who did everything right, but end up with life turning horribly wrong. Carol Burnett and Walter Matthau are brilliant and a surprise for DS9 fans: there is a comical and touching performance by Rene Auberjonois (Odo).


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