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A Touch of Class (1973)

Romantic comedy about a pair of clandestine lovers in a London-Spain tryst.

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Walter Menkes
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Patty Menkes
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Wendell Thompson
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Cecil
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Martha Thompson
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Night Hotel Manager
Ian Thompson ...
Derek
Ève Karpf ...
Miss Ramos (as Eve Karpf)
David de Keyser ...
Doctor Alvarez (as David De Keyser)
Gaye Brown ...
Dora French
Carl Oatley ...
Bell Boy
Rebecca De Los Reyes ...
Rent-A-Car Clerk
Felipe Solano ...
Airline Clerk Malaga
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American Steve Blackburn, in the insurance business, is married with two kids. Vickie Allessio, a self described design "stealer" for a knockoff fashion house, is a recent divorcée with two kids. Steve and Vickie are running into each other more and more in their day to day lives in London before even knowing who the other is, which suits them both fine, as when they do finally officially meet, Steve is up front that he wants to have an affair with her, Steve who has had affairs in the past whenever his wife Gloria, who is from old money, isn't around which is currently the case as she is in the States visiting her parents. Vickie, in turn, is up front that she is amenable to a no-strings affair with him under specific circumstances, namely that it be at least a classy short term affair, meaning no cheap motels, and preferably a weekend away somewhere warm. Able to arrange a business trip to Málaga, Spain, for a week, Steve convinces Vickie to change their agreed weekend to a week and... Written by Huggo

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Not since Gable battled with Colbert and Hepburn battled with Grant has comedy been such fun. Watch Segal take on Jackson. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

9 August 1973 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Een slippertje met allure  »

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$18,312,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The black-and-white film on TV that Glenda Jackson and George Segal were weeping to was Brief Encounter (1945). In that film, the main characters (both married but not to each other) were also having an affair. See more »

Goofs

At 18:46, how Vickie holds the plane ticket changes. See more »

Quotes

Vickie Allessio: God, you're all the same. This obsession with male sexual prowess. It is so typically American.
Steve Blackburn: Oh, is it?
Vickie Allessio: It is, if you don't mind me telling you.
Steve Blackburn: I don't mind you telling me, not a bit. But it's just that phrase I can't stand - "typically American".
Vickie Allessio: Why not?
Steve Blackburn: Because there's no such thing as typically American.
Vickie Allessio: Whoa-ho-ho!
Steve Blackburn: It's a big place, America. Which typically American Americans do you mean? The cab drivers in New York? The coal miners in Pennsylvania? The students at Berkeley? The ...
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Referenced in Fawlty Towers: A Touch of Class (1975) See more »

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Written by John Cameron and Sammy Cahn
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Stress Relief in Early 1970s London…
16 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A Touch of Class is directed by Melvin Frank who also co-writes the screenplay with Jack Rose. It stars Glenda Jackson, George Segal, Paul Sorvino, Hildegarde Neil and Mary Barclay. Music is by John Cameron and cinematography by Austin Dempster.

Two great lead performances and a sharp script propel this delightful sex comedy forward. Plot is no great shakes but it matters not in truth, divorced English woman meets American married man, an attraction is there and they agree to go away for a brief holiday to indulge in some stress relieving sex. Upon arrival at the Spanish resort, a number of things get in the way of the couple actually copulating. Once achieved, things start to go a bit sour, and the bickering and withering sarcasm starts. But hold on, there's more twists to come, right up to the bittersweet finale.

Genuine laughs are dotted throughout, Jackson's waspish tongue an utter delight, and the pic never teeters over the edge into sentimental hog- wash. It's obviously a product of its time, though the extra-marital affair theme is daringly mounted for the era. A lovely film, funny, poignant and literate. Score! 8/10


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