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A Perfect Couple (1979)

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A repressed, middle-aged divorced U.S. Greek meets a young singer through a dating service and becomes smitten.

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Alex Theodopoulos
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Margery Bond ...
Wilma
Mona Golabek ...
Mona
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Alex Theodopolous is a mid-40s, divorced Greek-American who has moved back to the spacious estate of his autocratic immigrant father, who is also his boss in the family's successful antique importing business. He meets Shiela Shea through a dating service, but their first date turns into an unmitigated disaster when they are caught in thundershower during an outdoor concert, and Alex's car malfunctions. Twenty-something Sheila is part of traveling rock band which lives a gypsy-like existence in a communal loft under their controlling leader. Can Alex and Shiela overcome cultural, age, and lifestyle differences and find happiness? Written by duke1029@aol.com

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What do you do when everything between the two of you seems wrong? ...fall in love.


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18 January 1980 (West Germany)  »

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Ein perfektes Paar  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Actor Paul Dooley did not find out he had been cast in the film until a friend told him that it was mentioned in "Daily Variety." See more »

Quotes

ER doctor: [to Alex] You've got to stay in bed for a while. Do you want somme pain killers?
Sheila Shea: Yes.
Alex Theodopoulos: No!
ER doctor: Some doctors don't like to give out painkillers, but when you've seen as much pain as I have, it makes you want to kill it.
ER doctor: [to both] I don't think you two should be kissing while I'm suturing,
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Oddest assortment of dysfunctional characters I've seen in a while
15 October 2001 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Off the wall romantic comedy with one of the strangest plots I've ever seen. A middle aged man who still lives at home with his entire family falls for a woman 20 years his junior. This causes tension within his family, especially with the domineering father, a real tyrant. This guy is well into his fifties and still lets his father tell him he can't bring a woman home with him as though he were still a teen. Very weird family. The woman is a real loser type who needs a man to feed off of emotionally. They haven't got a chance. Very entertaining film with lots of shrill singing sequences and some good, and at times bizarre, dialogue. Great ending as the camera shows us the perfect couple after the rice has fallen from their hair and then pans over to the other perfect couple cynically revealing history in the process of repeating itself.


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