A Hollywood lyricist goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman.

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Donald
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Forty-two year old famed composer/playwright George Webber is going through a midlife crisis. He is seriously dating thirty-eight year old actress/singer Samantha Taylor, who he loves, although he admits their connection is more intellectual than it is emotional. She, in turn, loves him, despite barely tolerating his often infantile behavior. This behavior includes spying on a neighbor's sexual encounters with a wide array of women, this spying about which the neighbor knows, as he does it himself. Driving one day, George spots a young woman who he believes is the most beautiful creature he's ever seen - an "eleven" on a scale of ten, tens which he didn't believe existed before her. Beyond the fact that she is probably half his age, a problem with George's infatuation is that she is just off to her own wedding. George and Sam's relationship takes a hit with an argument which is further exacerbated by a series of misunderstandings. As such, George decides to pursue the woman of his ... Written by Huggo

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A temptingly tasteful comedy for adults who can count. See more »

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Actor Dudley Moore is seen playing the piano in this picture, his character is a composer. In real life, Moore was also a real-life pianist and lover of the piano. On movie sets, Moore would often entertain the crew playing the piano between breaks in filming. See more »

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When a drunken George arrives at his neighbor's orgy, the window on his car is wound down. However, when he leaves (after being discovered by Samantha) the window is fastened up again. See more »

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Samantha Taylor: [examining George's bee sting] That looks bad, have you taken anything for it?
George Webber: Ah, yes, I took four of your birth control pills, I hope that's okay.
Samantha Taylor: [kisses George on the cheek] Try an antihistimine.
George Webber: I don't like those, they make me pregnant.
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When the credits of the cast begins to scroll up and out of the iris of the telescope's view to George and Samantha's inside penthouse, only the members of the cast are seen and not their characters they played. See more »


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Written by David Raksin
Played by unidentified pianist at resort lounge
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As Night Falls Reach For The Light
9 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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Want to see the movie in one short scene? Capture in your mind the film's deep melancholy behind the humor? George playing the piano in the hotel bar; listen to the sorrow pour forth in the song. Moore was a concert pianist; that is really him playing. Watch as Dennehy and Wallace listen and all the pain of becoming an old man and facing death comes pouring out upon the keys. Disillusionment, loss, sadness and pain all are in the music. You see the look of empathy on both their faces. That is the movie, my friends. Getting old, one last dream before nightfall. Yet, when he gets her, through Edward's legerdemain that is as contrived as his awful Pink Panther movies, he finds her brainless, amoral and cruel. The beautiful body and face of a living goddess comes with the brain and heart of a four year old little narcissistic girl. I agree with some of the criticism, Edwards was renowned for his slapstick, three stooges humor. This film has the greatest existential depth of any of his works. Webber, as a aging gay man, is going through the same thing George is; there is a parallel between the two stories. If you do not mind silly, contrived humor it will make you laugh but that is not why I love it so. It addresses getting old, letting go of youth and preparing for death.

When he discovers what she is, this fantasy that had more to do with his fear of approaching old age and impotence, it speaks to every man in the audience. It really is a man's movie; and I concur with the above it is one of the saddest movies you will ever watch. Truth can be sad but that is no reason to run from it. He returns to Sam and real love; she may not be a supermodel but she loves him. As men, we are so bound visually to our sex drive. And, forgive me, the delineation is quite accurate. The stunning beautiful people of both sexes come with empty heads and often no morals of any kind. The ending is redemptive; he has seen the light. Love is all that matters as night approaches; as men, we must battle our vision which is wired into our glands. George does learn quite painfully; Derek is stunning to look at but a dreadful actress. Please, this was her only passable performance.

The scene with the piano speaks to what it is like to be a middle aged man facing death all possibilities are now all dead. The dying of the light; no, I never agreed with that silly poem. Make peace with what must be. The light is always there we have but to reach for it. George returns to the light of his life: Sam may have flaws, like everyone does, but she is a mature woman who loves him. Blake Edward's best movie by a mile. Even with its flaws, it shows to all what it is like to turn away and face impending old age and death.

"Behold, Life Itself Spoke To Me: I Am That Which Must Overcome Itself." Nietzsche From Zarathustra


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