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Director:
Writers:
Melvin Frank (written by) and
Jack Rose (written by) ...
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Release Date:
1 October 1973 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A funny thing happened to George Segal and Glenda Jackson on the way to an affair. See more »
Plot:
Romantic comedy about a pair of clandestine lovers in a London-Spain tryst. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Two Top Comedic Performances in Half a Hysterical Film See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Segal ... Steve Blackburn

Glenda Jackson ... Vickie Allessio

Paul Sorvino ... Walter Menkes

K Callan ... Patty Menkes
Cec Linder ... Wendell Thompson

Michael Elwyn ... Cecil
Mary Barclay ... Martha Thompson

Nadim Sawalha ... 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
Antonio Merchan ... Enrique
Hildegard Neil ... Gloria Blackburn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Clark ... Boy (uncredited)
Stuart Damon ... Man Hailing Cab at End (uncredited)
David Healy ... American (uncredited)
Donald Hewlett ... Spencer Birdsall (uncredited)
Edward Kemp ... Michael Allessio (uncredited)
Nigel Kingsley ... Extra (uncredited)
Michael McVey ... Billy Blackburn (uncredited)
James Payne ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
John Sterland ... American (uncredited)

Lisa Vanderpump ... Julia Allessio (uncredited)
Samantha Weysom ... Josie Blackburn (uncredited)

Directed by
Melvin Frank 
 
Writing credits
Melvin Frank (written by) and
Jack Rose (written by)

Marvin Frank  story "She Loves Me, She Told Me So Last Night"

Produced by
Peter Beale .... associate producer
Melvin Frank .... producer
Roger Moore .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Cameron 
 
Cinematography by
Austin Dempster 
 
Film Editing by
Bill Butler 
 
Casting by
Lesley De Pettit 
 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
 
Art Direction by
Alan Tomkins  (as Alan Tompkins)
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Al Burgess .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Relph .... assistant director
Nigel Wooll .... second assistant director
Michael Green .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
George Ball .... property master
Peter Dukelow .... construction manager
Peter Howitt .... set dresser
Stuart Craig .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Brian Blamey .... dubbing editor
Peter Desbois .... sound camera operator
Gus Lloyd .... boom operator
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Peter Sutton .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Bob Simmons .... stunt and fight arranger
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: George Segal (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
John Jay .... still photographer
John Palmer .... focus puller
Roy Larner .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ron Taberer .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Beck .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Gary Shepherd .... assistant editor
Noel Rogers .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Cameron .... conductor
 
Other crew
Polly Bergen .... cosmetics
Len Cave .... production accountant
Brian Doyle .... publicist
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Constance Willis .... continuity (as Connie Willis)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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106 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Boom mic visible: Early on in the film, when Vicki and Steve first share the taxi, it is reflected in the windscreen of the taxi just as it pulls up to drop Vicki off in the rain.See more »
Quotes:
Vicki:I'm sorry to bother you at this late hour, but do you have oregano?
Dora French:Christ, I hope not! I had a checkup last week.
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Soundtrack:
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.9See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Two Top Comedic Performances in Half a Hysterical Film, 5 November 2005
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

At times screamingly funny, at least during the first hour, "A Touch of Class" boasts two fine comedic actors in top form and a script that manages to hit more highs than lows. After a catchy title tune, George Segal and Glenda Jackson meet a few times by chance before on-the-prowl Segal, who boasts of never cheating on his wife in the same city, moves in for the pounce. However, the divorced Jackson, who needs some good uninvolved sex, agrees to a tryst if they can manage something better than a "quickie" in a one-star hotel with dirty sheets. From this point the screwball comedy antics pile on. A returning wife and in-laws complicate the arrangements for a week in Spain, and an unwelcome friend shows up for the same flight to Malaga. The laugh meter rises with a faulty clutch, a spastic back, and a sexual performance rating that is on par with a Christmas card from the butcher.

The comedy is in high form as the couple spar and parry towards consummating their relationship. Unfortunately, love enters the equation, and the unwelcome friend slows the merriment further with a serious turn about guilt. Although the pace picks up again when the couple returns to London, the damage has been done, and "A Touch of Class" fails to return to the hilarity of the first hour. Segal and Jackson are certainly not to blame for the sluggish mid section, and both performers deliver fine comedic performances that never go over the top for a laugh and retain a depth of character when the mood turns serious. The film belongs to the two stars, and they play well together. However, the supporting players in general fail to register with the exception of Eve Karpf as the slyly knowing Miss Ramos at Iberia Airlines.

Symptomatic of the movie's slowdown is a scene where Jackson and Segal watch "Brief Encounter" on the television in their love nest. The Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard classic is a heavy "weepie" drama, and both characters wring the handkerchiefs while they watch the film. Although the temptation to insert shots from another film about marital infidelity was obviously too strong to resist, the scene further dampens the film and pushes the characters into a soul-searching phase that leads to the inevitable fadeout. Perhaps if the lovers had watched "A Night at the Opera" or "Bringing Up Baby," viewers would have left the theater laughing instead of sullen like the weather in the final scene.

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