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A Perfect Couple (1979)

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

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Eleousa
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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

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


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5 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Ein perfektes Paar  »

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$1,900,000 (estimated)
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One of five late-1970s films that director Robert Altman made for the 20th Century Fox studio. The movies are HealtH (1980), Quintet (1979), 3 Women (1977), A Wedding (1978) and A Perfect Couple (1979). See more »

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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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A romantic comedy, courtesy of Robert Altman
7 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Robert Altman tries the romantic comedy genre in this offbeat and engaging film. It stars fellow Altman alumni Paul Dooley ( A Wedding, O.C. & Stiggs) and Marta Heflin ( Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean) as an unlikely pair matched by a computer dating game. Both give excellent performances. If you are tried of being over saturated with formulaic, predictable Julia Roberts/ Hugh Grant comedies this film is a refreshing change of pace. Unfortunately it has never been issued on video, ( I had to acquire a pirated copy) and rarely screened.


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