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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Juggle the books. Set fire to the factory. Supply women for the clients. Harry Stoner will do anything to get one more season.
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Did You Know?
According to Richard Harland Smith
at the TCMDb Turner Classics Movies website, "[Jack] Lemmon had championed the project against the better judgment of Paramount, who wanted nothing to do with what was considered a message picture and a downer at that. After two years of lobbying, Lemmon, John G. Avildsen
and Steve Shagan
(who also signed on as a producer) were given a parsimonious one million dollar budget. To stretch the funds, Lemmon volunteered to work for union scale, at $165 per week plus a percentage of the profits". See more
At 1:37:40, more of the red lining of Harry's coat is visible than it was previously. See more
[Referring to the arsonist and the hooker
Professionals, Charlie and Margo. One starts the fires, the other one puts them out.
Referenced in The Trip: L'Enclume
Air Mail Special
Composed by Jim Mundy
, Benny Goodman
& Charlie Christian See more