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Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)

PG | | Comedy | 1977 (UK)
When an upwardly mobile couple find themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Blanchard
Dr. Will (as Dick Gautier)
Loan Company Manager
Hank Garcia ...
Raoul Esteban
Jane's Father
Mr. Weeks
Mary Jackson ...
Jane's Mother
James Jeter ...
Immigration Officer
Charles' Secretary
Selma Archerd ...
Beverly Hills Matron
John Brandon ...
Pete Winston


Manager Dick Harper and his attractive young wife Jane are used to a comfortable lifestyle. They just build a swimming-pool when Dick is fired very unexpectedly - leaving him with $70,000 debt on the house. They try to hide this from the neighbors and just cut down their expenses, but soon it's obvious: living from unemployment bonus drives them crazy, it's uncertain if they can keep the house. Dick doesn't see another way out than robbing drug stores - but this takes more skill than expected! Only as a team Dick and Jane can succeed. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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1977 (UK)  »

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No robarás a menos que sea necesario  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Closing credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »


Dr. Will: Say "I am!"
Dick Harper: [pointing a gun at Dr. Will] Stick 'em up!
Dr. Will: Did I hear you right, sinner? Are you holding me up?
Dick Harper: [imitating Dr. Will] I am!
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Ahead of the Game (Title Song)
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Amusing but lacking the sharp edges that I was hoping for
4 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dick and Jane Harper are happy and very well off; they have a dog, a son, a great house and Dick has a high-powered job as an aerospace company executive. However when the company hits a bumpy patch, Dick is laid off and very quickly the family is running up more debt than they can handle. Dick keeps trying to find work and even Jane leaves the family home to try and get a regular job type job. However things do not go that well and, as their possessions start to get repossessed, they get increasingly desperate.

Recently the subject of a remake (which I never bothered to see) this comedy is a sort of satire on the American dream and the attitudes of big business. Or at least that is what others have said. Personally I think it has a vague swipe at this but mainly it just settles for being a gentle caper that draws laughs from the unlikely descent of the middle classes into crime. It isn't anywhere near as sharp or caustic as I would have liked it to be but it flows along cheerily enough and entertained me reasonably well. Big laughs are few and far between but it is nicely comic for the most part.

Given the light material, I thought this was mostly down to the lead pair working with it well. Segal is reasonably good but his strength is in his chemistry with Fonda. She is good and has a nice comic touch. Support is generally solid if unspectacular with turns from Mcahon, Garcia and others but generally the film is carried by the leads. Direction feels a little dated now as the film has a very 1970's look and, without a sharp edge, it doesn't feel as relevant as it should do.

Overall this is a comic little film that is amusing and works thanks to easy performances by the lead pair. I would have preferred it to have had a much sharper edge to have blended satire with the comedy but it was still an entertaining little film albeit one that won't stick in my mind or have me coming back for repeat viewings.

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