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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>
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
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Henrietta 'Henry' Robbins:
First come the vodka, then the caviar. And then the women. And as soon as they're through with the women they'll make the deal and you'll get your money. Honest I wouldn't lie. You'll get your thirty six hundred dollars.
Henrietta 'Henry' Robbins:
4000? How come?
You're late; and if you don't have it by tomorrow, you're dead.
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Smart satire eventually gives way to galumphing slapstick...
The first 30 minutes or so of "For Pete's Sake" are amusingly on-target: Brooklyn housewife Barbra Streisand drops her husband off at work on their motorcycle and then pops a wheelie; she proceeds to forge a battle of the bills with the grocery store cashier, the insurance company, the banker, and the telephone company exec (Anne Ramsey, pre-"Throw Momma From The Train"). All this time, Streisand is in terrific comedic form, her expressions more and more incredulous. A dinner with her husband's relatives is equally funny, but "Pete" starts to give out somewhere after this. Barbra can't pay back loan sharks and has to work as a prostitute, a bomb deliverer and a cattle rustler. This last job gives the movie its big slapstick scene, which was a groaner even in 1974. Clearly a rip-off of Streisand's "What's Up, Doc?", it features a stampede of cows down the Columbia backlot accompanied by some of the silliest "country" music I've ever heard. If the filmmakers had kept the movie on a grounded level--and kept Streisand as the perfect Everywoman--this might have been a dead-on satire of the ailing economy. As it is, it's passable fluff. **1/2 from ****
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