The lives and romantic entanglements of a group of young adults who have achieved "overnight" success in Los Angeles.

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This mosaic comedy-drama tells the story of a La Ronde-like circle of romantic adventures and failed affairs centered around a songwriter named Carroll Barber and his father Carl Barber. There is a trail of Carroll's past relationship spread throughout the city of Los Angeles. Barber is an aloof womanizer who cannot commit to any relationship, and is used to illustrate the loneliness of Los Angeles big-city life. Among the women in his life are Ann Goode, a lonely real estate agent, Karen Hood, a Valley housewife addicted to taxi rides, Linda Murray, a woman prone to vacuuming in the nude and Nona Bruce, the snapshot-taking mistress of a wealthy man. Written by thustlebird

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City of the One Night Stands.

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28 April 1978 (West Germany)  »

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John Wayne was originally going to play the part of Carl Barber. However, due to budget overruns and delays, Wayne had to be replaced by Denver Pyle. See more »

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In the opening credits, the actors are credited with an accompanying still picture and their character name. See more »

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References Camille (1936) See more »

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At The Door
Written and performed by Richard Baskin
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Keith Carradine's love patch and Richard Baskin's music... aaah.
18 September 2004 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

i am in love with this film and i cannot explain why.

my uncle thinks i'm a nutcase for loving this film so much. but i can't help it.

People diss the music. I love it. The ambiance. The swingin' seventies. Sissy Spacek. Sally Kellermen, so vulnerable yet strangely sexy. Keith. This film endeared me to Keith Carradine, whom I now see precious little of.

Such a great character... sure, a little pretentiously boho, but the poor guy has a father that can't express his love...

The Greta Garbo scene with Geraldine Chaplin. Classic. The slow act of leaning onto the pool table; her tortured, self-absorbed, self-pitying character, intriguing, passive aggressive, unable to express herself, caught in a loveless relationship with a young Harvey Keitel, who was great in this flick. Slimy. The way he talks to Spacek about taking the relationship far beyond your average man/ woman relationship. Wow.

Nice tempo, too. A bit languid. The film is more about atmosphere than fast tempo plot. The bits with Carol Barber chugging back "steamboat", watching Eric Wood play his songs, sinking into the background, while his dad's young girlfriend (who takes pictures of corners - classic) eyes him; intrigued.

Swingin' sex, corny yet endearing music ("Livin' in a city of one night stands, sleepin' next to pity and it's crazy"), and Keith Carradine with a love patch. What more could you want?

A film that is easy to hate, in many respects, but I just can't do it. It's a guilty pleasure. A guilty, delightful pleasure.


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