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Mr. Sycamore (1975)

Jason Robards is a man who decides he'd rather be a tree.

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John Gwilt
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Estelle Benbow
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Fred Staines
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Rev. Fletcher
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Daisy
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Dr. Ferfield
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Abner / Arnie
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Officer Kelly
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Humphry
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Higgins
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Harry
Paul Berini ...
Milkman
Eddie Lewis ...
Milkman
Sydna Scott ...
Clubwoman
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An unusual but affectionate story of a man's longing for his ideal of peace and serenity. A postman and part-time poet is inspired by the Greek legend of the two elderly guards at Jupiter's temple who are transformed into beautiful trees. His wife has him committed when he stands in his backyard awaiting the same metamorphosis to take place. With the help of a friendly librarian, he escapes in a milk truck during a violent storm. Written by Anonymous

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A man's desire to escape...and finds refuge through metamorphosis

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Based on the following Broadway production: Mr. Sycamore (1942). Comedy. Written by Ketti Frings, based on a story by Robert Ayre. Scenic Design by Samuel Leve. Costume Design by Emeline Roche. Directed by Lester Vail. Guild Theatre: 13 Nov 1942- 28 Nov 1942 (19 performances). Cast: Stuart Erwin (as "John Gwilt") [Broadway debut], Lillian Gish (as "Jane Gwilt"), Enid Markey (as "Estelle Benlow"), Walter F. Appler, Harry Bellaver (as "Mr. Fink"), Albert Bergh (as "Mr. Oikle"), Helen Brown, Russell Collins (as "Reverand Doctor Doody"), Barbara Dale, Helen Dodson, Jed Dooley, Franklyn Fox (as "Fletcher Pingpank"), Kenneth Hayden, Mary Heckart, Pearl Herzog (as "Daisy Staines"), Otto Hulett, Ray J. Largay, Louise McBride, Peggy Opdycke, John Philliber (as "Abner Coote"), Rupert Pole (as "Third Milkman/People of Smeed"), Leona Powers, Harry Sheppard, Buddy Swan (as "Albert Fernfield"), Ernest Theiss, Harry Townes, Albert Vees. Produced by The Theatre Guild (Theresa Helburn, Lawrence Langner: Administrative Directors). Note: this was one of the biggest flops of the 1942 season. See more »

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Referenced in 10 to Midnight (1983) See more »

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Time Goes By
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Maurice Jarre
Sung by Laura Devon
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One of my top 10 movies of all time
13 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful, fanciful allegory. Jason Robards, Sandy Dennis, and Jean Simmons were the perfect casting choices. A great movie for all Strangers in a Strange Land. Even the love triangle among the leading characters avoids the formulaic approach of Hollywood.

The premise is totally preposterousness. A man who wants to and tries to become a tree! However it might help us all realize that our own authenticity should be achievable. This is exactly the approach taken by Edward Albee in his latest play, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? The movie is apparently the only one Robert Ayre wrote. And although Pancho Kohner has produced many films, including several Charles Bronson films, he has only directed one film other than Mr. Sycamore, The Bridge in the Jungle.

This is a movie for anyone who cannot accept the judgement of the great unwashed masses. It's for anyone who yearns to express their authentic self. Anyone whose life seems to require constantly swimming upstream will love this movie.


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