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The War Between Men and Women (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 1972 (Sweden)
2 quirky Manhattanites crash into each other cute at an ophthalmologist's office. Peter is a grouchy cartoonist/author whose vision is failing, divorced mother Theresa is also reluctant to ... See full summary »

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Theresa Alice Kozlenko
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Stephen Kozlenko
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Howard Mann
Lisa Gerritsen ...
Linda Kozlenko
Moosie Drier ...
David Kozlenko
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Dr. Harris
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Caroline Kozlenko
Lucille Meredith ...
Mrs. Schenker
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Old Woman
Joey Faye ...
Delivery Boy
Alan DeWitt ...
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Minister
Richard Gates ...
Bernie (as Rick Gates)
Lea Marmer ...
Old Hag
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2 quirky Manhattanites crash into each other cute at an ophthalmologist's office. Peter is a grouchy cartoonist/author whose vision is failing, divorced mother Theresa is also reluctant to plunge into a relationship right now. It's not love at first sight - both have their eyes dilated, plus Peter constantly lampoons women in his work, which book seller Theresa knows well. Loosely based on James Thurber's drawings "The War Between Men & Women," and Thurber's life, the film features animated sequences. Written by David Stevens

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Any man who hates dogs, women and children can't be all bad!

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26 June 1972 (Sweden)  »

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Guerra entre hombres y mujeres  »

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Lisa Gerritsen played the same character (different name) in the 1969 TV series "My World and Welcome to It". See more »

Quotes

Theresa Alice Kozlenko: Come on, Mr. Wilson. You know the venom in your drawings is only a pose.
Peter Edward Wilson: A pose? I hate women even when I'm on vacation.
Theresa Alice Kozlenko: Then why is this man on your cover bringing the woman a flower?
Peter Edward Wilson: It's fiction.
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You And Me
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Howard Liebling
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Unfulfilled comedic and dramatic quirks result in a peculiarly benign film...
10 November 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

One of Jack Lemmon's most innocuous pictures. He plays a professional humorist in New York City, a cynic and confirmed bachelor quickly losing his eyesight, who thinks very little of marriage, women and dogs. How soon do you think it will be before bookstore manager (and marriage-minded divorcée) Barbara Harris gets him to the altar? She's got the dog, plus three kids and a puppy dog-like former husband, but what's in it for Lemmon? We are never sure what motivates him to take on this brood, to attempt winning over the children, to compete for attention with the ex-spouse. It isn't incredible that Jack should fall for Miss Harris (she's winsome and a little daft, despite an ugly hairdo), but it is fairly difficult to believe Lemmon's character would take this plunge--and there's nothing in the script to convince us otherwise. The production is colorful, the animation interesting (if not amusing) and the acting very fine (particularly by young Lisa Gerritsen), however the essence of a plausible story is missing. Based on the writings of James Thurber, screenwriters Danny Arnold (who also produced) and Melville Shavelson (who also directed) shift from satire to the more outré, silly kind of TV comedy without grounding the scenario in a bittersweet style of realism. As such, the movie is one-part comedy (with satirical inflections), one-part drama (with pathos) and one-part character study (disguised as a family's journey). It isn't any wonder the end results are cute, yet iffy. Shavelson, Arnold and Gerritsen had all previously tackled Thurber on the short-lived television series "My World and Welcome To It". **1/2 from ****


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