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Release Date:
8 June 1973 (Ireland) See more »
Honeymoon's over... It's time to get married. See more »
Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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A nice and obscure film See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Matthau ... Pete

Carol Burnett ... Tillie

Geraldine Page ... Gertrude

Barry Nelson ... Burt

Rene Auberjonois ... Jimmy Twitchell (as René Auberjonois)

Lee Montgomery ... Robbie (as Lee H. Montgomery)

Henry Jones ... Mr. Tucker

Kent Smith ... Father Keating
Philip Bourneuf ... Dr. Willet

Whit Bissell ... Minister
Timothy Blake ... Lucy Lund
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Ballard ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sandy Balson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Linda Burton ... Waitress (uncredited)
Ed Call ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Adele Claire ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jo de Winter ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Don Diamond ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lou Fant ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mickey Fox ... Madame Lee (uncredited)
Angela Greene ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Roberta Haynes ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Maurice Hill ... Guest (uncredited)

Kathleen Hughes ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Johnny Scott Lee ... Small Boy (uncredited)
Tom Middleton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Leland Murray ... Gardener (uncredited)
Robert Nichols ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gerry Okuneff ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jessica Rains ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Robert Rhodes ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joe Riley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jackie Russell ... Redhead (uncredited)

Isabel Sanford ... Maid (uncredited)
Eric Sinclair ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Henry Slate ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Tom Stewart ... Guest (uncredited)
Jan Stratton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joan Swift ... Girl at Party (uncredited)

Gwen Van Dam ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paula Victor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Anne Whitfield ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
Writing credits
Peter De Vries (novella "Witch's Milk")

Julius J. Epstein (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Julius J. Epstein .... producer
Jennings Lang .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Williams  (as John T. Williams)
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography) (as John Alonzo)
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
Art Direction by
George C. Webb  (as George Webb)
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
Joseph J. Stone  (as Joe Stone)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Production Management
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... unit production manager (as Wallace Worsley)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
Tom Joyner .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound (as James Alexander)
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Carroll Byrd .... stunt double: Geraldine Page (uncredited)
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunt double: Carol Burnett (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Timothy E. Wade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Other crew
Sue Dwiggins .... production secretary (uncredited)
Monroe Friedman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
100 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

In one sequence, there is a movie theater marquee showing "Lonely Are the Brave" (1962). The title is both a tongue-in-cheek reference to Pete and Tillie's courtship, as well as one of Walter Matthau's earlier films.See more »
Factual errors: The song Strangers In The Night, first recorded in 1966, is heard on a jukebox in a scene set several years earlier.See more »
[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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Love's the Only Game in TownSee more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A nice and obscure film, 17 December 2005
Author: imbluzclooby from United States

Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett are Pete and Tillie. They meet each other in their middle aged years. Pete is a smarmy rogue who likes Tillie, but has a smug way of showing it. Tillie feels that he is a bit of a dog himself, but she knows that she can't get anyone better than him. The courting of their relationship takes up about half of the film with a few dry laughs. Matthau delivers his lines so naturally, you know that if he was to do drama, it could only be tragicomedy. Burnett does well in a serious role and has one cathartic scene as she curses God for the loss of her 9 year old son. She has a wild fight scene with Geraldine Page that's pretty humorous. Only a small part of this story is dedicated to their parenthood as they soon learn their son is diagnosed with a terminal illness. The son dies. Tillie mourns. Pete takes it just limp. Not much emotion is shown in his performance , which I felt was understated correctness. Pete and Tillie soon separate and divorce amicably. It seems sad, but it's simply a slice of life look at two ordinary people who really don't have much in common. I like the concept that these old 70's Hollywood movies had in that they don't stress that all leading couples have to be beautiful or even attractive. Burnett and Matthau had their own charisma, which was shown in their talent. This is not a great film, but it's worth a look for innocuous entertainment.

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