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Director:
Writer:
Steve Shagan (writer)
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Release Date:
21 July 1973 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Jack Lemmon in his most important dramatic role since "The Days of Wine and Roses." See more »
Plot:
A businessman's professional struggles begin to conflict with his personal life over the course of two days. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Lemmon deserved the Oscar for this one See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Lemmon ... Harry Stoner

Jack Gilford ... Phil Greene

Laurie Heineman ... Myra
Norman Burton ... Fred Mirrell
Patricia Smith ... Janet Stoner

Thayer David ... Charlie Robbins
William Hansen ... Meyer
Harvey Jason ... Rico
Liv Lindeland ... Ula (as Liv Von Linden)

Lara Parker ... Margo
Eloise Hardt ... Jackie
Janina ... Dusty

Ned Glass ... Sid Fivush
Pearl Shear ... Cashier

Biff Elliot ... Tiger Petitioner (as Biff Elliott)
Ben Freedman ... Taxi Driver
Madeline Lee ... Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barton MacLane ... (clips from 'High Sierra') (archive footage)
Tony Regan ... Man at Show (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Woman at Show (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man at Show (uncredited)
Ken Weiner ... Movie Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
John G. Avildsen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Shagan  writer

Produced by
Edward S. Feldman .... executive producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Steve Shagan .... producer
Jack Lemmon .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
 
Cinematography by
James Crabe  (as Jim Crabe)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
 
Casting by
Caro Jones 
 
Art Direction by
Jack T. Collis  (as Jack Collis)
 
Set Decoration by
Ray Molyneaux 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Ray .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Frank Baur .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald L. Schwary .... second assistant director (as Ron Schwary)
Christopher N. Seiter .... assistant director (as Christopher Seiter)
 
Art Department
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (as Don Nunley)
Leamon Adams .... swing gang (uncredited)
Ron Chiniquy .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Robert Krume .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Spencer Moore .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound
Robert Knudson .... sound (as Robert I. Knudson)
Gene Ashbrook .... boom operator (uncredited)
Vincent Garcia .... sound cable (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (as Ross Maehl)
John Murray .... key grip
Jack Willoughby .... camera operator
Gene Kearney .... grip (uncredited)
Calvin Maehl .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Mason Sperry .... grip (uncredited)
Robert M. Stevens .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Orlando Suero .... still photographer (uncredited)
Timothy E. Wade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Young .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... wardrobe
Joseph Magnin .... fashion show wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
David Ramirez .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Marvin Hamlisch .... conductor
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Howard A. Small .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pat Quinn .... fashion show consultant
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Alan DeWitt .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Frank Friedrichsen .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Barbara Gallagher .... secretary to producer and director (uncredited)
Bridget O'Brien .... secretary to production manager (uncredited)
Carl Skelton .... auditor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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100 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:R

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 24:01, Harry makes coffee and frame jumps from adding sugar to stirring without putting the sugar down.See more »
Quotes:
[Referring to the arsonist and the hooker]
Phil Greene:Professionals, Charlie and Margo. One starts the fires, the other one puts them out.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
LouiseSee more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Lemmon deserved the Oscar for this one, 1 July 2001
Author: Rich Meyer (muzik@ptd.net) from Saint Clair, Pennsylvania

This was definitely a tour-de-force performance for Jack Lemmon.

I believe the strength of this film is that his performance allows it to strike a multi-generational cord with viewers...a key theme of the movie is the way the world has changed since they way we remembered it when we were younger, which I think is a pang that all of us get, no matter what age. The world always seems darker and more complicated now and concept that needs no real transposition between eras.

Harry Stoner is a man of his times...swing bands, baseball, and World War II. His life is still influenced by all three, but only in quick flashes of fond memories or flashbacks of a beach in Italy. Lemmon gives us a character that does what he has to do in order to maintain what he has worked for, and that rationalizes that which may or may not be quite on the up-and-up.

Jack Gilford is excellent as his partner in Capri Casuals, representing a voice of conscience that is not quite as blind to circumstance as Jack's character, and there are several other good performances in the film. Jack Lemmon stands out, as he does in most films, and richly deserved the Academy Award for this one.

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