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The movie's publicity still with Newman and Marvin (IMDb's main page display) was photographed by British photographer Terry O'Neill. (The photograph also appears on the jacket of O'Neill's 2003 compilation coffee-table book "Celebrity"). In the book, O'Neill recounts how when he arrived on the Pocket Money (1972) set to shoot his publicity stills, Lee Marvin was hungover and in a foul mood. Most of the production personnel were steering clear of him. When O'Neill gingerly approached Marvin and introduced himself, Marvin asked, "Are you English?" What O'Neill didn't know at the time, was that Marvin was a lifelong Anglophile - he LOVED the British. After that brief encounter, Marvin's mood changed and, according to O'Neill, he couldn't have been more cooperative for the rest of the photographer's assignment. See more »
It ain't easy down here, Jim. You got to fight tooth and nail.
, I just don't wanna fight here.
[slaps the money into Leonard's hand]
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this movie is about life. it's a brief glimpse into the lives of newman's and marvin's characters, with a surrounding cast of rich, entertaining characters thrown in for fun. if you're looking for a particular type of movie with a particular type of ending then this movie is not for you. if you're aware of the twists and turns of fate in your life and have come to be aware that there's not a clear explanation for everything that happens, and that you live a moment and then it's gone forever, then you'll appreciate this look into the lives of these two characters. a brief glimpse into a reality in which not every experience falls into a strict logical sequence and some things just happen. you don't live your life as a sequence of discrete beginnings and endings and this movie has done a great job depicting that.
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