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Mr. Sycamore (1975)

G  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 December 1975 (USA)
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Jason Robards is a man who decides he'd rather be a tree.



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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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Jason Robards and Sandy Dennis had co-starred in the original 1962 Broadway production of "A Thousand Clowns." Four of the six players in the show went on to appear in the 1965 film version. Ironically, Sandy Dennis, who won the only Tony for the play, did not appear in the film (Barbara Harris got the part). But Martin Balsam, who had not been in the play, won an Oscar for the role that A. Larry Haines played on Broadway. See more »


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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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