Burt Reynolds is an attractive middle-aged man who suffers a crisis of confidence when ditched by his ambitious singer wife (Candice Bergen), until he begins to forge a new new relationship with an equally insecure teacher (Jill Clayburgh). But when the wife attempts a reconciliation - seduction followed by a truly excruciating song she has composed for him - he realizes where his loyalty lies. Written by
Phil Potter would like to straighten out his life...One way, or the other.
Did You Know?
Originally director Alan J. Pakula
did not want Burt Reynolds
for the Phil Potter part, feeling he was not the right type; he wanted a more New York-trained actor along the lines of Al Pacino
or Dustin Hoffman
. But Reynolds lobbied hard for the role and Pakula finally let him audition. After two auditions, Reynolds had the role and Pakula subsequently has praised his work in the film. See more
As Jessica and Phil prepare to go to bed, he slips off underwear below bottom frame line. But as shot continues, actor Burt Reynolds is clearly wearing abbreviated white undergarment. See more
Michael Potter, to crowd observing Phil's anxiety attack, "Anybody have a Valium?" Everyone in crowd reaches into purses and pockets.
Better Than Ever
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Candice Bergen See more