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Paul Zindel (screenplay)
Anne Richardson Roiphe (novel)
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18 April 1973 (Sweden) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Barbra Streisand ... Margaret Reynolds

David Selby ... Paul Reynolds
Ariane Heller ... Elizabeth Reynolds
Terry Smith ... Peter
Gary Smith ... Peter
Jane Hoffman ... Mrs. Koerner
John C. Becher ... Mr. Koerner
Jacobo Morales ... Fidel Castro

Paul Benedict ... Dr. Beineke
George S. Irving ... Dr. Keglin (as George Irving)
Pearl Shear ... Aunt Till

Carl Gottlieb ... Vinnie
Joseph Bova ... John
Mary Louise Wilson ... Betty
Marilyn Curtis ... Judy
Cynthia Harris ... Stella
Iris Brooks ... Vicki
Vassili Lambrinos ... Dr. Loffert
Marina Durell ... Dr. Lopez

Barbara Rhoades ... Dr. Bolden

Conrad Bain ... Dr. Gordon

Isabel Sanford ... Maria

Carole White ... Miss Spittlemeister (as Carol Ita White)
Danny Black ... Leon

Conrad Roberts ... Clay

David Downing ... John
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Black Captain

Paul Dooley ... Statue of Liberty Guard
Jane Betts ... Woman Doctor

Anne Ramsey ... Battleaxe
Margo Winkler ... Hospital Clerk

Lois Smith ... Elinore
Renée Lippin ... Connie (as Renee Lippin)
Terry O'Mara ... Cathie
Lee Chamberlin ... Jan
Jennifer Darling ... Joanne
Marilyn Coleman ... Rose White
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Appleman ... Tommy (uncredited)
Kevin Bersell ... Kid on Bike (uncredited)
Sully Boyar ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Janet Brandt ... Aunt Ida (uncredited)
Steven Britt ... Elinore's Boy (uncredited)
Juan Canos ... Anti-Cuban (uncredited)
Alicia Castro-Leal ... Pro-Cuban (uncredited)

Stockard Channing ... Judy Stanley (uncredited)
Juan DeCarlos ... Blackman (uncredited)
John Dennis ... Officer (uncredited)
Moosie Drier ... Billy (uncredited)
Norman Fields ... Reporter (uncredited)
Randy Ginns ... Becky (uncredited)
Jason Gould ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Pitt Herbert ... Uncle Dave (uncredited)
Jane House ... Mrs. Keglin (uncredited)
Rita Karin ... Mrs. Grossbard (uncredited)
Tammy Lee ... Bibs (uncredited)
Beth Luzuka ... Gupa (uncredited)
Efraín López Neris ... Castro's Aide (uncredited)
Toian Matchinga ... Woman Patient (uncredited)
Jessamine Milner ... Nanny (uncredited)
Dee Timberlake ... Black Girl (uncredited)
Marc Vahanian ... David (uncredited)
Miriam W'Abdullah ... Chieftess (uncredited)
Marlene Willoughby ... Woman getting arrested (uncredited)

Directed by
Irvin Kershner 
Writing credits
Paul Zindel (screenplay)

Anne Richardson Roiphe (novel)

Produced by
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
Film Editing by
Robert Lawrence 
Casting by
Cis Corman 
Production Design by
Harry Horner 
Set Decoration by
Robert De Vestel 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist (as Kaye Pownell)
Production Management
Martin Erlichman .... executive in charge of production: Barwood Films
Hal W. Polaire .... executive in charge of production (as Hal Polaire)
Jerry Shapiro .... production manager: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph M. Ellis .... second assistant director (as Joe Ellis)
Hawk Koch .... first assistant director (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Andrew Marton .... second unit director: Africa
Joel Rosen .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Dwight Williams .... second assistant director: New York (uncredited)
Art Department
David M. Haber .... assistant art director (as David Haber)
Alan Levine .... property master
Terry E. Lewis .... assistant propman (as Terry Lewis)
Rodger Maus .... art director: Africa
Tom Bartholomew .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Larry Jost .... sound mixer (as Lawrence O. Jost)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recordist
Keith Stafford .... sound editor
Clint Althouse .... boom operator (uncredited)
Salvador Robinson .... cable person (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Richard F. Albain)
Tony Parmelee .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Abramson .... photographic consultant (as Bernard Abramson)
Eric D. Andersen .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Eric Anderson)
George Berrios .... first assistant camera: New York
Arthur Brooker .... key grip (as Arthur Booker)
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
Peter Salim .... second assistant camera: New York
Hal Shiffman .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Harold Shiffman)
Jack Whitman .... camera operator
Richard Jackson .... electrician (uncredited)
Daniel R. Jordan .... second grip (uncredited)
Robert Moore .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Leon Perer .... camera operator: New York (uncredited)
James Plannette .... best boy (uncredited)
Frank Shugrue .... still photographer (uncredited)
Edward Thompson .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bernie Styles .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lambert Marx .... costume supervisor
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe: women
Editorial Department
Norman Suffern .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
John C. Hammell .... music editor (as John Hammell)
Joe Torrenueva .... lyricist/singer: song "Sabrosura"
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James D. Brubaker .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Jeffrey Benjamin .... production assistant (as Jeff Benjamin)
Betty Crosby .... script supervisor
Henry Gellis .... production assistant
Arnold H. Orgolini .... controller (as Arnold Orgolini)
Janet Crosby .... secretary: Irwin Winkler (uncredited)
Gloria Gonzales .... secretary: Robert Chartoff (uncredited)
Paul Herd .... production assistant: Kenya (uncredited)
Harry Mines .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... production coordinator: Kenya (uncredited)
Ralph S. Singleton .... production coordinator: New York (uncredited)
Tony Stimolo .... location scout (uncredited)
Sheila Woodland .... secretary: Irvin Kershner (uncredited)
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen .... production secretary (uncredited)

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Director Irvin Kershner told Streisand biographer James Spada that he wasn't happy with the shooting script but was advised not to express his dissatisfaction to Barbra Streisand, who might walk off the picture. Several days into filming, Streisand went to Kershner and asked him why they were having so much trouble, and he told her they had started shooting with a weak script. Kershner said, "Your people warned me not to tell you." To which Streisand laughed, "That's ridiculous! If a script isn't good enough, let's work to improve it."See more »
Mrs. Koerner:Remember, marriage is a 75 - 25 proposition... the woman gives 75.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Under-appreciated Dramedy With Streisand Superb as a Confused Wife and Mother, 30 June 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

It's a shame that this 1972 dramedy is not better remembered because it holds up quite well and probably contains Barbra Streisand's most impressive performance in a contemporary setting. She portrays Margaret Reynolds, an ordinary New York City housewife and mother of two, who finds out she is pregnant again. Beset with a workaholic academic husband and a suffocating mother, she undergoes a major identity crisis and gets lost in periodic fantasies that provide an outlet for her deepest feelings. While the film has an undeniable 1970's "I'm-OK-You're-OK" tone about it, the story is a mature character study of its proto-feminist heroine thanks to Paul Zindel's perceptive screenplay based on the best-selling novel by Anne Richardson Roiphe.

Moreover, director Irvin Kershner brings a great deal of humanity to the film even as the fantasies escalate in scope and incredulousness. These include a revealing tango with Fidel Castro; a bomb planted inside the Statue of Liberty (deeply ironic that the World Trade Center is still under construction in the background); a disastrous confrontation at her parents' 33rd anniversary party; the fatalistic rituals of a female-dominated Samburu tribe in Kenya; and a dream-like sequence at an abortion critic. Sometimes, the transitions between real-life and fantasy are too subtle to be completely effective (for example, using incidental characters as major figures in the fantasy sequences), but Kershner shows an intimate understanding of the heroine's evolution even if the final resolution seems rather pat.

For once, Streisand is naturally radiant and blessedly life-sized with little of her chutzpah-driven mannerisms. She plays it so low-key that you wish she would do more indie films to show her vulnerable side. Smaller roles are ably filled with David Selby nicely underplaying her preoccupied husband Paul. The 2003 DVD is quite a treat with Streisand and Kershner providing insightful commentary on separate tracks. Unlike her brief track for "What's Up, Doc?", Streisand speaks throughout the film and still seems very passionate about it, articulating the various themes and explaining what kind of movie they were trying to make. Along with the original theatrical trailer (which seems quite confused as to what it is marketing), there is also an interesting ten-minute vintage making-of featurette that focuses mainly on Streisand's travels to Kenya to film the tribal fantasy sequence.

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