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13 September 1974 (Sweden) See more »
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Barbra Streisand ... Henrietta 'Henry' Robbins

Michael Sarrazin ... Pete Robbins

Estelle Parsons ... Helen Robbins

Molly Picon ... Mrs. Cherry

William Redfield ... Fred Robbins

Louis Zorich ... Nick Kasabian, the Dispatcher

Heywood Hale Broun ... Judge Hiller
Richard Ward ... Bernie
Ed Bakey ... Angelo

Peter Mamakos ... Dominic

Vivian Bonnell ... Loretta

Joseph Maher ... Mr. Coates (as Joe Maher)

Anne Ramsey ... Telephone Lady
Jack Hollander ... Loanshark
Gary Pagett ... Assistant Bank Manager
Wil Albert ... Cop Dressed as Woman

Herb Armstrong ... Insurance Man

Fred Stuthman ... Loan Officer
Bella Bruck ... Lady in Supermarket
Stuart Wagstaff ... Man in Chandelier Store
Joseph Hardy ... Second Cop

Vincent Schiavelli ... Grocery Clerk
Sidney Miller ... Drunk Driver
Norman Marshall ... First Worker
Martin Erlichman ... Man in Theatre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buddy the Dog ... Police Dog (uncredited)

Bill McKinney ... Rocky - Cattle Rustler (uncredited)

Joe Pantoliano ... Undercover Cop who arrests Mark (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Bank Clerk (uncredited)

Walter Williamson ... Man in Subway (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Yates 
Writing credits
Stanley Shapiro (written by) and
Maurice Richlin (written by)

Produced by
Martin Erlichman .... producer
Phil Feldman .... executive producer
Stanley Shapiro .... producer
Original Music by
Artie Butler 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank P. Keller 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson  (as Frank Thompson)
Makeup Department
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist (as Don Cash)
Jon Peters .... hair stylist: Barbra Streisand
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jim Di Gangi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Caplan .... assistant director
Stuart Fleming .... second assistant director (as Stu Fleming)
Art Department
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator
Richard M. Rubin .... properties
Stephen Myles Berger .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Fred Collins .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Basil Lombardo .... painter (uncredited)
George Luxemberg .... second props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Cook .... re-recording mixer (as James R. Cook)
Don Parker .... sound
Lou Williams .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
Holly Bower .... still photographer
Bobby Byrne .... camera operator (as Robert Byrne)
Paul Caven .... best boy
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera: New York
Ralph Carter .... second grip (uncredited)
Ray De La Motte .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Romeo De Santis Jr. .... extra electrician (uncredited)
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (uncredited)
Brian T. Maeda .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Record .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Frank Shugrue .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jennifer Shull .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... wardrobe: men
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe: ladies
Editorial Department
Cliffe Oland .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Hal Fisher .... location coordinator (uncredited)
Howard 'Dutch' Horton .... location manager (uncredited)
Vince Martinez .... location auditor (uncredited)
Music Department
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Transportation Department
Buddy White .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Lew Burke .... dog trainer
Betty Crosby .... script supervisor
Robert Davenport .... bull trainer (as Bobby J. Davenport)
Sandy Dvore .... title designer
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... production assistant: New York
Daniel Grodnik .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
David Horowitz .... unit publicist
Corky Randall .... livestock handler
Paul Coons .... auditor (uncredited)
Ben Douglas .... craft service (uncredited)
Hal Fisher .... travel coordinator (uncredited)
Monroe Friedman .... publicist (uncredited)
Cal Morse .... operations (uncredited)
Forrest Painter .... first aid (uncredited)
Connie Roth .... screening coordinator (uncredited)
Natalie C. Welton .... production secretary (uncredited)

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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

The amount of money the young couple need to raise so as to be able invest in pork bellies on the stock market was US $3000.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Henrietta 'Henry' Robbins:Hello? Hi. This is Henrietta Robbins, your cousin from Brooklyn. Hi, I hate to bother you here, but I'm desperate. See, the bomb blew the bus up and I need $7000 or else I'm gonna become a cattle rustler.See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
FOR PETE’S SAKE (Peter Yates, 1974) **1/2, 27 September 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Although I have been aware of this film for a long time, it was only after watching its amusing theatrical trailer – on THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT (1970) DVD – that I became eager to watch it. The end result proved to be a patchy affair but, nevertheless, it does have its fair share of belly-laughs and, in any case, watching Streisand in kooky mode is always fun; Estelle Parsons and William Redfield are her hubby (Michael Sarrazin)’s well-to-do and snobbish relatives who particularly look down on Streisand.

It clearly emulates the screwball style of WHAT’S UP, DOC? (1972), parodies THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) – the underground station cat-and-mouse chase between Gene Hackman and Fernando Rey is performed here by a disguised Streisand and a persistent police dog! – and it also homages Buster Keaton’s GO WEST (1925) in the urban cow stampede sequence and Luis Bunuel’s BELLE DE JOUR (1967) in the role-playing encounters during Streisand’s disastrous stint as a call-girl! British action director Yates was surprisingly roped in for this, but he seems to have enjoyed the experience as his next project was on similarly zany lines – the black comedy MOTHER, JUGS AND SPEED (1976; which I’ll be watching presently).

Another notable sequence sees the heroine involved, unbeknownst to her, in terrorist activity (she’s asked to deliver a package in disguise to a similarly-dressed woman) – which eventually rebounds on her shady brother employers! Similarly, one of the best lines has Streisand’s nonchalant black maid (she hires a Hispanic woman to do her own cleaning-up!) who, admiring the former’s tenacity, tells her: “Girl, you could even sell a Confederate flag in Harlem!”

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