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For Pete's Sake (1974)

A housewife tries to finance her cab-driving husband's education.

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Nick Kasabian, the Dispatcher
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Judge Hiller
Richard Ward ...
Bernie
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Angelo
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Dominic
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Mr. Coates (as Joe Maher)
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Telephone Lady
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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 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)  »

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July Pork Bellies  »

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Trivia

The short haircut of Barbra Streisand in this film was actually a wig that had been styled by her then boyfriend and hair-stylist on this film Jon Peters. See more »

Goofs

When Barbra Streisand is being chased in the subway she goes from Borough Hall to Clark Street on the LL train. The LL runs on 14th Street in Manhattan to Canarsie in Brooklyn and does not have Borough Hall or Clark Street on its route. See more »

Quotes

Dominic: The package! What happened to the package!
Henrietta 'Henry' Robbins: Don't worry about the package. I didn't lose it.
Angelo: Run!
Dominic: Run!
Angelo: Run!
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Remade as Aap Ki Khatir (1977) See more »

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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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Making ends meet
4 September 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For Pete's Sake has Michael Sarrazin and Barbra Streisand as a married couple in Brooklyn trying to make ends meet. They've got their debts and maybe carrying a bit too much. Sarrazin drives a cab and gets a stock tip about pork belly futures from his dispatcher Louis Zorich who's a pretty sleazy sort. I couldn't wrap myself around the concept of taking financial advice from him any more than from that other noted cab dispatcher Louis DiPalma.

But Sarrazin believes him and tries to get the money and when he fails Barbra goes to a loan shark. When the great financial coup doesn't go off on schedule she's got to pay. Of course she can't and her debt is passed on to various parties who have her doing all kinds of crazy things, all for her husband Pete's sake.

There were some good performances, some funny moments, but the whole thing seemed more silly than funny. Besides the stars the ones to watch out for are Molly Picon as a Jewish Madame, Estelle Parsons as Streisand's sister-in-law, and Richard Ward as the ever helpful building superintendent where she and Sarrazin live.

Barbra's fans will like it, but it's far from the best film she ever made.


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