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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>
Bubbly Brooklyn housewife Barbra Streisand (as Henrietta "Henry" Robbins) can't seem to make ends meet. Eating over her head, Ms. Streisand must return food to grocery clerk Vincent Schiavelli, saying, "You take the fruit loops, you'll love 'em!" She argues with Ma Bell about a call to Yugoslavia, telling telephone lady Anne Ramsey to, "Stick that in your computer!" And, Streisand has to pay sharp-tongued, self-described "colored" maid Vivian Bonnell (as Loretta), who never seems to do much of anything.
Streisand's attractive husband Michael Sarrazin (as Pete Robbins) works as a cab driver while taking college classes three nights a week. They have time for an active sex life, much to the dismay of acid-tongued Estelle Parsons (as Helen), wife of wealthy brother William Redfield (as Fred). Streisand decides to make extra money by buying stock in "pork bellies" - but, short on investment money, she borrows from a loan shark. Unable to pay her debt, Streisand is forced into prostitution and other unsavory activities.
Adequately done by director Peter Yates and the then top female "Box Office" star (since 1972) in the nation - but, Streisand's character seems neither to be prostitute material, nor someone who would be so inclined. There are easier ways for this ball of energy and charisma to make a buck in New York City. And, long stretches in this comedy feature nothing particularly funny. Streisand gets good support from Sarrazin (watch those hands on rear) and the above, plus elderly "Madame" Molly Picon (as Mrs. Cherry).
***** For Pete's Sake (6/26/74) Peter Yates ~ Barbra Streisand, Michael Sarrazin, Estelle Parsons, Molly Picon
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