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For Pete's Sake (1974)

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Henrietta Robins works out of her home and her husband Pete drives a cab to try to support her. When Pete gets a tip from one of his fellow drivers that a deal will be made by the Americans... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Kasabian, the Dispatcher
Judge Hiller
Richard Ward ...
Ed Bakey ...
Vivian Bonnell ...
Mr. Coates (as Joe Maher)
Telephone Lady
Jack Hollander ...
Gary Pagett ...
Assistant Bank Manager


Henrietta Robins works out of her home and her husband Pete drives a cab to try to support her. When Pete gets a tip from one of his fellow drivers that a deal will be made by the Americans and the Soviets over pork bellies, he decides to invest in the market, but needs to $3000 to invest. Henrietta then goes to extreme lengths to get the money by dealing with first a loan shark, then a madame, then the mob and finally cattle rustlers. All this in the name of love. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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13 September 1974 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

July Pork Bellies  »

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One of three cinema movie collaborations of producer-hairdresser Jon Peters and actress Barbra Streisand. The films are For Pete's Sake (1974), The Main Event (1979), and A Star Is Born (1976). Peters was Streisand's hair stylist and not a producer on For Pete's Sake (1974) but performed producing duties on the other two features, with Streisand also a producer on The Main Event (1979) and an executive producer on A Star Is Born (1976). All three major motion pictures were made and released during the 1970s. See more »


When Pete pulls Henry into the bathtub with him after the awful family dinner, it is clear that he is wearing briefs. See more »


Mr. Coates: We'll play 'Take A Nap'.
Henrietta 'Henry' Robbins: What's that?
Mr. Coates: Lie down in bed. Pretend your taking a nap. I sneak in, climb into bed, and I touch you. You struggle, but not too hard. You got that?
Henrietta 'Henry' Robbins: Let's see. Bed. Sleep. Touch. Struggle. Not too hard.
Mr. Coates: Right!
Mr. Coates: Are You sleeping?
Henrietta 'Henry' Robbins: I'm sleeping.
Mr. Coates: Struggle. But not too hard.
Henrietta 'Henry' Robbins: OK
Mr. Coates: Ready?
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Referenced in The Nanny: Ode to Barbra Joan (1994) See more »


For Pete's Sake (Don't Let Him Down)
Music by Artie Butler
Lyrics by Mark Lindsay
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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I give it a 'thumbs up'
10 March 2000 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

Barbra was 31 when she made this film. Her hair (a poor short-haired wig) was done by her then boyfriend,

Jon Peters, and her outfits remind me of her "stoney end" phase (remember that?). This movie was released in 1974. Her co-star is 'ok' but he's no Brad Pitt. He does have one sexy bathtub scene. If you look quickly when he pulls Babs into the tub you'll see he is wearing a pair of white bikini briefs (poor editing, they should have cut that).

Now a little outdated (I'm writing this in the year 2000) the film is funny overall with some greater funny moments.

Barbra shows a real flair for comedy. I wish she had done more character acting in other films because in this one she dons a blond curly wig, big yellow hat and oval sunglasses then screams and runs like a little girl. She literally had me laughing uncontrollably several times.

The plot is sort of hokey: her husband's brother and pompous wife insinuate Babs (Henry) conned her husband into an early marriage which robbed him of a good college education and a decent job (he's a taxi driver). They get an inside stock tip on 'pork bellies' and she borrows $3,000 from the mob. The tip doesn't pay off at first and her contract is sold to more and more crooks - and with each sale she screws up her assignments. She goes to work for a little old lady (Mrs. Cherry) who sends men clients to her apartment and Babs accidently breaks the nose of her first client then nearly kills the second, a judge who is taxi'd to the N.Y. apt by her husband. This second client is hidden in a trunk and revived in the back of a flower delivery truck then placed back in the taxi when Henry's husband isn't looking.

The whole movie goes on like this - and she ends up in several funny situations, even unwittingly carrys a bomb (the wig, hat and glasses). She turns the package over to an undercover cop and is promptly arrested but runs away screaming through Central Park claiming he is a pervert (the cop is dressed in identical women's clothing)

Eventually her contract is sold to a cattle rustler who fills up a motor-home with stolen cattle for delivery in downtown N.Y. She has an accident and the one lone bull and all the cows get lose running through New York streets and into shops. By the end of the picture the stock tip pays off and they end up rich and happy.

If you like Barbra you'll like this movie. I say 'thumbs up'!

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