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Chapter Two (1979)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  30 August 1980 (Taiwan)
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George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off. And just when things are moving along, the memory... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Schneider
Jennie MacLaine
Leo Schneider
Faye Medwick
Lee Michaels
Judy Farrell ...
Gwen Michaels
Isabel Cooley ...
Customs Officer
Imogene Bliss ...
Elderly Lady in Bookstore
Barry Michlin ...
Maitre d'
Ray Young ...
Greg Zadikov ...
Paul Singh ...
Waiter (as Dr. Paul Singh)
Sumant ...
Cheryl Bianchi ...
Electric Girl


George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off. And just when things are moving along, the memory of his first wife comes between them. Written by <>

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It's not supposed to happen twice in your life, but it can.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

30 August 1980 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's Chapter Two  »

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(Metro Color)

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1.85 : 1
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This film was made and released about two years after its source play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1977. The original Broadway production of "Chapter Two" opened at the Imperial Theater on 4th December 1977 and then transferred to the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on 16th January 1979. It ran for a total of 857 performances until 8th December 1979 two years later. The play was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award for the Best Play. The play premiered in London's West End at the Gielgud Theatre in February 1996 and starred Sharon Gless and Tom Conti. Moreover, though a New York playwright, Simon's play actually premiered in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre on 7th October 1977. See more »


Jennie MacLaine: I am wonderful, I'm nuts about me, and if you're stupid enough to throw someone sensational like me aside, you don't deserve as good as you've got.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Martin Sheen/David Bowie (1979) See more »


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Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Marilyn McCoo
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The best of Marsha Mason and the worst of Neil Simon
3 August 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

This agonizing comedy-drama got surprisingly sterling reviews upon its release in 1979. I remember opening the movie-section of the L.A. Times and looking at a 2-page advertisement for "Chapter Two" filled with glowing captions like: "Better than 'The Goodbye Girl'!" and "Neil Simon does it again!" What does Neil Simon do? He takes an autobiographical situation (remarrying too soon after the death of a beloved spouse) and makes it rusty, unpleasant and--worst of all--unfunny. James Caan plays Neil--er..that is, George--a writer who can't seem to get back into life after losing his wife; enter spirited Marsha Mason (real-life Mrs. Simon...soon to be ex-Mrs. Simon) who attempts to love George despite his moods and general melancholy. Mason is very appealing here and might've saved the day were it not for Caan's indifference (not to mention a sub-plot concerning painfully-thin, blonde Valerie Harper which brings the proceedings to a screeching halt). I liked Mason's outburst at the end ("I am wonderful! I am NUTS about me!"), but I saw no happy ending for these two people...and time proved me right. ** from ****

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