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Real Life (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 23 March 1979 (USA)
A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family". However, ... See full summary »

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Councilman Harris
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Matthew Tobin ...
Dr. Howard Hill
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Dr. Ted Cleary
Joseph Schaffler ...
Paul Lowell
Phyllis Quinn ...
Donna Stanley
James Ritz ...
Jack from Cincinnati
Clifford Einstein ...
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Harry Einstein ...
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Mandy Einstein ...
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Karen Einstein ...
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Driving Evaluator
Zeke Manners ...
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Warren Yeager
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Jeannette Yeager
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A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family". However, instead of remaining unobtrusive and letting the family be themselves, he can't keep himself from trying to control every facet of their lives "for the good of the show". Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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In the first production meeting scene, producer Martin Brand rattles off some possible big-name stars that could be recruited to star in the reality movie: "Where the hell's Paul Newman? Where's [Robert Redford]? Where's [Jack Nicholson]? . . . " He then suggests that the movie would make more money with Neil Diamond as the "star". A producer actually suggested Diamond for the Travis Bickle role in Taxi Driver (1976) (in which Albert Brooks had a supporting role). See more »

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Martin Brand: [on speakerphone] Albert, may I interrupt for one minute please? People aren't gonna walk out of a theater saying, "I don't like that guy... that guy that holds the cup with one hand, with two hands ... "
Albert Brooks: Absolutely.
Martin Brand: I'll tell you what they DO have a good chance of saying: "Where the hell is Paul Newman? Where's Redford? Where's Nicholson?" Believe me they prefer Nicholson with the cup than the cup with the other guy.
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The end credits finishes with a barcode for Alka-Seltzer See more »

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Referenced in Real Life: A Conversation with Albert Brooks (2000) See more »

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Real Life Is The Most Underrated movie ever!
3 February 1999 | by (Ellensburg, WA) – See all my reviews

I think what most filmmakers say when they watch a great film is "I wish I made that movie". This is one of those movies. Not only is this a comedy classic, I would say that this movie is ground breaking. And way ahead of its time. Albert Brooks, proves that he is one of the funniest comedians ever, and in my opinion one of the best actors on the screen. And the ending is simply brilliant, and at the same time "Hilarious". I would like to tell you more, "But I don't have the time, or the cord!"


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