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Play It As It Lays (1972)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  19 October 1972 (USA)
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A Hollywood actress undergoes a psychic breakdown and recalls the traumatic events which led to her stay at a sanitarium.

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Helene
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Ruth Ford ...
Carlotta
Eddie Firestone ...
Benny Austin
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Susannah
Paul Lambert ...
Larry Kulik
Norman Foster ...
Abortionist
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Severn Darden ...
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Tony Young ...
Johnny Waters
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Les Goodwin
Elizabeth Claman ...
The Chickie
Mitzi Hoag ...
Patsy
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Maria Wyeth, an ex-model and B-movie actress, strolls on the grounds of a mental hospital, recalling the traumatic events which led to her breakdown. She is married to an unfaithful, self-engrossed director, Carter Lane. Neglected by her husband, Maria is engaged in a series of one-night stands and becomes pregnant. Her husband divorces her, and she has an illegal abortion. Maria's only friend is B.Z., a homosexual movie producer. World weary, he tells Maria that he has discovered the meaning of life is nothing. He invites her to commit suicide with him. Written by alfiehitchie

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actress | suicide | divorce | friend | abortion | See more »

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Maria's life was a search for the ultimate answer even after she found there was none.

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Comedy | Drama

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19 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Sam Peckinpah was to have worked with Joan Didion on this screen adaptation of her novel but this plan did not materialize. See more »

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Maria Wyeth Lang: ...existentially, I'm getting a hamburger.
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Referenced in Drive (1991) See more »

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A book you could not imagine filmed
8 May 1999 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This was a gut-wrenching book you could not imagine being filmed. Maria is a fractured character, and the narrative is fractured to reflect her disintegration. Tuesday Weld gives the performance of her career, and Anthony Perkins achieves fully realized despair as BZ with his bottle of Seconal ever at the ready. With the dislocating changes of scene, Maria driving down the highway shooting at road signs, the back-room abortion with a chilling Chuck McCann, this is a hard film to take in at one sitting, as the book demanded more than one reading.


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