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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975)

PG | | Comedy | September 1976 (USA)

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Complete credited cast:
Henry Ramer ...
Moya Fenwick ...
Mrs. Chorley
Anne Marie Sten ...
Big Red (as Anne-Marie Sten)
Robert A. Silverman ...
Lawyer (as Robert Silverman)
Roy Wordsworth ...


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September 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Good Idea!  »

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CAD 1,200,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Mrs. Chorley: Hortense, the plates and silverware must be arranged and these young ladies are waiting. If you don't hurry up, they'll never get laid.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown in a zany animation sequence. Towards the end, the voice of star Anthony Newley comments on the names being introduced in these credits. He calls the producer "a funny fella" and mispronounces a slew of other names. See more »


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20 June 2003 | by (Gardena,U.S.A) – See all my reviews

In other words, it seemed like a good idea to check this out at the library, but it was a waste of time. The cover is very misleading. I don't know if all the copies are like this, but the one I got has this big picture of John Candy, (looking about the way he looked in Only the Lonely) and a small picture of Stephanie Powers looking older (and with much darker hair than in the actual movie). I kept waiting for John Candy to appear, and barely tolerating the lowbrow humor and ridiculous plot, and low and behold, he finally appears in about the last half hour of the movie, looking young and baby-faced and much thinner than I've ever seen him before (more chubby than fat, to put it bluntly) and he barely has much of a part, and you don't learn much about his character at all. He's seen from the back and profile in much of his scenes. The cover of the movie leads you to believe there is more to his character, proclaiming, "A heart as big as all outdoors, and a body to match". This is probably a comment on the actor personally, not the character he portrayed in this movie. It sounds like the perfect description for his character in "The Great Outdoors", "Uncle Buck" and just about any other movie he actually "starred" in. What a joke. And not a funny one, at that. If you're a John Candy fan, see any of his other movies, and mercifully pass this one up. You'll wonder, why did he bother? And more to the point, why did you? I'm glad I didn't fork out any money to view this stinker.

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