The film depicts a day and a half in Harry Stoner's life. Harry is down on his luck, and trapped in his own indulgences. He daydreams about his youth, trying to escape from the fact that business is rotten and his company owes bundles of money. His day is filled with unusual episodes as he picks up a hitchhiker/prostitute, arranges for his company's warehouse to burn down so he can collect the insurance-money, he hires strippers for his buddies and gets engaged in an animal rights campaign, a fashion show and experiences a rather uncomfortable flashback to the war. Written by
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Jack Lemmon in his most important dramatic role since "The Days of Wine and Roses."
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Did You Know?
was in Europe filming Avanti!
(1972) for director Billy Wilder
when this film was edited and scored. A print was flown to show Lemmon and he invited Wilder to see it. Afterwards, Lemmon asked for Wilder's opinion. Wilder advised one change, cut out the scene in the film where Lemmon's character visits his mistress early in the story. Wilder felt it slowed down the momentum of the story. The scene was cut, the picture was released to box office success and Lemmon won a second Oscar. See more
Harry wipes Fred's face almost completely clean of the red body paint. In a subsequent shot, Fred's face is covered with red paint again. See more
[Referring to the arsonist and the hooker
Professionals, Charlie and Margo. One starts the fires, the other one puts them out.
References Quo Vadis
I Can't Get Started
Composed by Vernon Duke
& Ira Gershwin
Performed by Bunny Berigan
Original recording courtesy of RCA Records See more