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?
This movie was a project of the heart. A message movie never intended to be a box office smash and it was never a box office success. Made for a budget of $1,000,000, Jack Lemmon
waived his usual fee and worked for scale plus a percentage of the gross. Scale was $165 a week at the time. Many cost cutting measures were used including using a Cinamobile camera, (a revolutionary mobile filming unit invented by Fouad Said
, a former I Spy cameraman, which enabled filmmakers to keep location costs to a minimum). Lemmon was being touted as an Oscar Candidate even before the film was released. On April 4th 1974, Jack Lemmon became the first performer in Academy history to win both a "best actor" and "best supporting actor" award. See more
At 1:37:40, more of the red lining of Harry's coat is visible than it was previously. See more
Harry, it's all those goddamn operations, the woman's all scarred up. I need these little diversions.
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence
I Can't Get Started
Composed by Vernon Duke
& Ira Gershwin
Performed by Bunny Berigan
Original recording courtesy of RCA Records See more