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Neil Simon (written by)
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Release Date:
1 February 1978 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
He's moving in... she's not moving out... it's love at first fight! See more »
Plot:
After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Totally unbelievable--but LOTS of fun! See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Elliot Garfield

Marsha Mason ... Paula McFadden

Quinn Cummings ... Lucy McFadden

Paul Benedict ... Mark

Barbara Rhoades ... Donna

Theresa Merritt ... Mrs. Crosby
Michael Shawn ... Ronnie
Patricia Pearcy ... Rhonda
Gene Castle ... Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levans ... Dance Instructor
Marilyn Sokol ... Linda
Anita Dangler ... Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby ... Mrs. Bodine

Robert Costanzo ... Liquor Store Salesman
Pancho González ... Mugger (as Poncho Gonzalez)
Jose Machado ... Mugger (as José Machado)
Hubert Kelly ... Mugger
Dana Laurita ... Cynthia
David S. Cass Sr. ... Drunk (as Dave Cass)
Loyita Chapel ... Strip Club Dancer
Caprice Clarke ... Strip Club Dancer
Esther Sutherland ... Strip Club Manager

Clarence Felder ... Critic
Kensuke Haga ... Japanese Salesman
Ryohei Kanokogi ... Japanese Salesman
Ruby Holbrook ... Woman in Audience
Kristina Hurrell ... Gretchen
David Matthau ... Furniture Mover
Milt Oberman ... Furniture Mover
Eddie Villery ... Painter

Joseph Carberry ... Strip Club Customer
Eric Uhler ... Strip Club Customer

Raymond J. Barry ... Richard III Cast (as Ray Barry)

Powers Boothe ... Richard III Cast

Tom Everett ... Richard III Cast

Janice Fuller ... Richard III Cast
Munson Hicks ... Richard III Cast

Robert Kerman ... Richard III Cast
Jeanne Lange ... Richard III Cast
Robert Lesser ... Richard III Cast
Fred McCarren ... Richard III Cast

Nicholas Mele ... Richard III Cast
Maureen Moore ... Richard III Cast

Joe Regalbuto ... Richard III Cast (as Joseph Regalbuto)
Peter Vogt ... Richard III Cast
Wendy Cutler ... Improvisation Group
Susan Elliot ... Improvisation Group
Andy Goldberg ... Improvisation Group

Paul Willson ... Improvisation Group
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Silvern ... (uncredited)

Nicol Williamson ... Oliver Fry (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Ross 
 
Writing credits
Neil Simon (written by)

Produced by
Roger M. Rothstein .... associate producer
Ray Stark .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Kaye Pownall .... hair
Allan Snyder .... makeup (as Allan Whitey Snyder)
Carrie White .... hair style: Miss Mason
 
Production Management
Roger M. Rothstein .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen .... second assistant director: New York
Edward D. Markley .... second assistant director (as Edward Markley)
Jack Roe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Spencer Deverell .... assistant art director (as Spencer Deverill)
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Thomas Saccio .... property master: New York
 
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound
William L. McCaughey .... sound (as William McCaughey)
John Riordan .... sound editor (as John P. Riordan)
James Sabat .... sound: New York
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Al Griswold .... special effects: New York (as Albert Griswold)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Richard Moran .... key grip
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer: New York
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (as Roger Sherman Jr.)
William H. Steiner .... camera operator: New York (as William Steiner Jr.)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
Robert Ward .... key grip: New York
Josh Weiner .... still photographer: New York
Doug Byers .... electrician (uncredited)
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... wardrobe: men's
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe: women's
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor
Barbara Dunning .... assistant editor
Michael A. Stevenson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dave Grusin .... music adaptor
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Harry E. Liguski .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Martin Danzig .... location manager: New York
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Regina Gruss .... unit publicist
Shirley Marcus .... production secretary: New York
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Maggie Wilde .... production secretary
Mary Malin .... assistant: Ann Roth (uncredited)
 
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111 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
One of around a half-a-dozen Neil Simon written films which have been remade. The movies include Plaza Suite (1971), The Odd Couple (1968), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975/I), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and The Out of Towners (1970).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the spaghetti dinner, Lucy holds a fork wrapped with spaghetti; a second later, in mid-sentence, it is empty.See more »
Quotes:
Paula McFadden:You were never four-and-a-half, you were born 26.See more »
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Soundtrack:
How About You?See more »

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27 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Totally unbelievable--but LOTS of fun!, 18 February 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Paula McFadden (Marsha Mason) and her 10 year old daughter Lucy (Quinn Cummings) are abandoned in NYC by her married boyfriend. He also sublets the apartment they share to a young actor, Eliot Garfield (Richard Dreyfuss). They agree to live together even though they hate each other. Naturally, they fall in love.

Totally predictable but I really enjoyed it! I loved in back in 1977 and I still love it now! Neil Simon's script is basically just a series of one liners--but they ARE funny and Dreyfuss, Mason and Cummings deliver them perfectly. They come fast and furious and the movie moves very quickly--it doesn't seem like it's 110 minutes long. Dreyfuss deservedly won the Best Actor Award for this film--he's 'on' non-stop and is full of energy and fun.

Mason was nominated for Best Actress and she's almost as good as Dreyfuss (she was a little too whiny for me). Cummings isn't that good--but she WAS only 10 when she did this. It's just that her character is one of those screen kids that talks and acts like an adult--I didn't think having her swear occasionally was cute or funny. Nonetheless she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The movie was also up for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. Also there's a GREAT title song written and performed by David Gates over the closing credits (it was also a big hit song back in '77). Also Nicol Williamson pops up (unbilled) in a short but VERY funny cameo.

The only debit--the romance scenes were corny (but they do work) and some of the dramatic scenes were TERRIBLY written (Simon was always better at doing comedy). And he has two thunderstorms pop up out of NOWHERE in this movie during a big romantic and dramatic scene. That was pushing it a little too much! Still the acting carries those scenes through and it's a minor complaint.

A sweet, very funny, enjoyable film. Just don't think about it TOO much. I give it a 9.

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