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Director:
Writers:
Dan Wakefield (based on the novel by)
James L. Brooks (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 October 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Phil Potter would like to straighten out his life...One way, or the other.
Plot:
A divorced man falls in love, but somehow he can't get over his ex-wife. This affects his love life in comic ways. Based on Dan Wakefield's novel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Bright Comedy with Stellar Cast Shining in Sharp Pakula-Brooks Collaboration See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Reynolds ... Phil Potter

Jill Clayburgh ... Marilyn Holmberg

Candice Bergen ... Jessica Potter

Charles Durning ... Michael (Mickey) Potter

Frances Sternhagen ... Marva Potter

Austin Pendleton ... Paul

Mary Kay Place ... Marie
MacIntyre Dixon ... Dan Ryan

Jay O. Sanders ... Larry (as Jay Sanders)

Charles Kimbrough ... Salesman
Richard Whiting ... Everett
Alfie Wise ... Workshop Member

Wallace Shawn ... Workshop Member
Sturgis Warner ... John Morganson
Mary Catherine Wright ... Student 1 (as Mary C. Wright)

Daniel Stern ... Student 2
George Hirsch ... Student 3
Ian Martin ... Doorman
Aerin Asher ... Lord & Taylor Lady
Ben Pesner ... Victor
Mort Marshall ... Room Service Waiter
Gilmer McCormick ... Stephanie
Helen Stenborg ... Older Woman
Michael Kaufman ... Clerk
Marvin Lichterman ... Husband

Anne De Salvo ... Wife
Connie Fleming ... Babysitter
Alison Stevens ... Marie's Daughter
Michael McDermott ... Marie's Son
Russell Horton ... Man #2
Harold Lamson ... Mark
Michael Belleran ... Small Boy
Deborah Reagan ... Young Woman - Young Couple

Kevin Bacon ... Husband - Young Couple
Tara King ... Checkout Girl
A.C. Weary ... Athletic Father
Lisa Sloan ... Mother of Kid
Gaby Glatzer ... Kid
Thomas James Riselli ... Key Maker
Harriet Rawlings ... Bloomingdale's Crowd
Simon McQueen ... Bloomingdale's Crowd
Stacy Holiday ... Bloomingdale's Crowd
Nadine Darling ... Bloomingdale's Crowd
Kitty Muldoon ... Bloomingdale's Couple
John Murray ... Bloomingdale's Couple
Eric Geier ... Bloomingdale's Couple
Sol Schwade ... Man in Market
Tony Romano ... Boston Man (as Anthony Romano)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matteo Cafiso ... Pupil at School (uncredited)
Laurie Gould ... Piano Instructor (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan J. Pakula 
 
Writing credits
Dan Wakefield (based on the novel by)

James L. Brooks (screenplay)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... producer
Isabel Halliburton .... associate producer (as Isabel M. Halliburton)
Alan J. Pakula .... producer
Douglas Wick .... associate producer (as Douglas Z. Wick)
 
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman (edited by)
 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
 
Set Decoration by
Philip Smith  (as Phil Smith)
Harold McConnell Jr. (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
John Boxer 
 
Makeup Department
Frank Bianco .... hair stylist
Tom Ellingwood .... makeup artist
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist (as Bob Jiras)
Mike Maggi .... makeup artist (as Michael Maggi)
Craig Lyman .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Gains .... second assistant director
Alex Hapsas .... assistant director
Lewis Gould .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Michael Bird .... set dresser
James Halligan .... construction grip (as Jim Halligan)
Harry Lynott .... shop craftsman
Michael Molly .... assistant art director
David Moon .... chargeman scenic artist (as Dave Moon)
Walter Stocklin .... property master (as Walter A. Stocklin)
 
Sound Department
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Norman Gay .... loop editor
Vito L. Ilardi .... boom operator (as Vito Ilardi)
Marc Laub .... supervising sound editor (as Marc M. Laub)
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
Denine Rowan .... assistant sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... recordist
Greg Sheldon .... assistant sound editor
Arthur Bloom .... boom operator: New York City & Boston (uncredited)
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound mixer: New York & Boston (uncredited)
James Perdue .... sound recordist: New York & Boston (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
William Canfield .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bobby Bass .... stuntman
Trudy Clemens .... stunt woman
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Brook .... first assistant cameraman (as Anthony S. Brooke)
Ricki-Ellen Brooke .... second assistant cameraman (as Ricki Brooke)
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Rusty Engels)
James Finnerty .... key grip (as Jim Finnerty)
Michael Ginsburg .... stillman
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Michael F. Burke .... electrician (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Micky Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Loger .... costumer
Norman Salling .... wardrobe: Mr. Reynolds'
Rose Trimarco .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Marlayna Franklin .... assistant editor
Scott Vickrey .... assistant editor
Kathleen Korth .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William C. Carruth .... music editor (as William Carruth)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
William Curry .... teamster captain
 
Other crew
Harry Clein .... executive in charge of publicity
Christopher Cronyn .... assistant to: Mr. Garrity
William C. Gerrity .... production executive
Maggie James .... script supervisor
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production office coordinator (as Adeline Leonard)
Margery Leonard .... assistant to: Mr. Pakula
Frank Simpson .... location manager
Donald Warnock .... photo double (Austin Pendleton )
Donald Warnock .... photo double: Austin Pendleton
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (1980) | Norway:16 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1987) | USA:R (PCA #25516) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
One of the locations was an actual apartment building in New York City. Tenants were upset because they were forbidden from entering or leaving their apartments while scenes were shot in the hallway.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During an outdoor grade school carnival, bathing suit-clad Marilyn participates in a dunk tank concession in the dead of a Boston winter. In reality, she would freeze.See more »
Quotes:
Marilyn Holmberg:What do you want?
Phil Potter:I want us to live together. I want us to get married. I want us to have children together. I want us to put our teeth in the same cup. I want us buried together in a family plot with one headstone. What do you want?
Marilyn Holmberg:I want a separate cup for my teeth.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Way We WereSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Bright Comedy with Stellar Cast Shining in Sharp Pakula-Brooks Collaboration, 8 February 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Just coming off producing and writing the classic sitcoms, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Taxi", James L. Brooks wrote the screenplay, his first, for this 1979 divorce comedy. Even after all these years and finally out on DVD, it remains funny, perceptive and thoroughly engaging in a way that later crystallized into Brooks' film-making trademark in "Terms of Endearment" and "As Good As It Gets". Fortunately, the director is the accomplished Alan J. Pakula, who shows a flair for romantic comedy coaxing excellent performances from the three stars.

The plot centers on Phil Potter, a magazine writer-turned-writing teacher who has been informed by his beautiful but flaky wife Jessica that she wants a divorce. Without much recourse, he seeks solace from his bear-hugging psychiatrist brother Mickey and sister-in-law Marva, who eventually set him up on a blind date with Marilyn, a mild-mannered, rather dowdy nursery schoolteacher. The movie then becomes a clever seesaw of Phil vacillating between his wife and potential new love interest. What remains fresh about the movie is how Pakula and Brooks keep the focus on the flawed characters and less on the predictable clichés about the awkward consequences of divorce.

Even taking into account his comeback turn in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 "Boogie Nights", I doubt if Burt Reynolds has given a more subtle, genuinely humane performance than he does here. Cast completely against type (he was in his Smokey/Hooper/Sharkey action phase at the time), he makes Phil's uncertainty feel real - even at the risk of losing audience sympathy in the way he treats Marilyn no matter how inadvertently. In the afterglow of her brilliant work in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman", Jill Clayburgh again demonstrates the malleable quality and fierce intelligence to make her deglamorized Marilyn an attractive and credibly cautious woman. In a revelation before her long, successful run as "Murphy Brown", a deadpan Candice Bergen breaks free from her heretofore vacuously decorative roles and supplies the movie's biggest laughs as the narcissistic Jessica, especially when she sings with uproariously tone-deaf panache to seduce Phil in her hotel room.

There is also a terrific supporting cast - Charles Durning bringing out all the unctuous support that Mickey can muster; a scene-stealing Frances Sternhagen as Marva, more than anxious to provide Phil emotional support when he is down and out; Austin Pendleton as a needy member of Phil's divorced men's club, who keeps remarrying his ex-wife; and Mary Kay Place in a funny cameo as Phil's aggressive first post-marital date. Other than Marilyn's unflattering outfits (the orange down jacket is hideous), Marvin Hamlisch's seventies-lite pop music is really the only significant element that dates the movie severely. The divorced men's club meeting scenes are hilarious, and you can see Jay O. Sanders and Wallace Shawn as fellow members. Unlike other romantic comedies of the period full of I'm-OK-You're-OK pop psychology, this one is still well worth viewing.

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