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Seems Like Old Times (1980)

Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.




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Writer Nick Gardenia is kidnapped from his California cliffhouse and forced to rob a bank. Now a fugitive, he seeks help from his ex, Glenda. She is a public defender remarried to a prosecutor, and we get a houseful of hijinks. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times  »

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The film's title was so-called by Neil Simon on two counts. First, it summarized the affection the two ex-spouses felt for one another. Second, it encapsulated the screwball comedy genre of Hollywood's old fashioned romantic comedies. The production notes for the film state: "There is a double meaning in the title, "Seems Like Old Times" for Simon. It is the use of a genre from the past, and it is the relationship between Glenda and Nick (Hawn and Chase), who, as ex-spouses, still have an affection for each other that time hasn't changed." See more »


When Nick is crawling on his hands and knees around the limo, the driver dumps out a cup of hot coffee out the window. Nick screams as though he were burnt. He then reaches the trellis to climb up and his jacket is totally clean. See more »


Glenda Gardenia Parks: Are you saying you may not become Attorney General if I make Veal Parmesan?
Dist. Atty. Ira J. Parks: No, I'm just saying with your ex-husband on the loose we're alot safer, with Chicken Pepperoni!
Glenda Gardenia Parks: Alright! I'll make it. Only don't make me crazy, I can't cook when I'm crazy.
Dist. Atty. Ira J. Parks: I'm not making you crazy...
Glenda Gardenia Parks: Yes, you are! Anyone who forces me to make Chicken Pepperoni is making me crazy, and you, are making me crazy!
[She exits]
Dist. Atty. Ira J. Parks: I'm not making her crazy.
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References The High and the Mighty (1954) See more »


The High and the Mighty
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Portion whistled by Chevy Chase
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FUN movie, great cast, great lines. Remake....
1 June 2003 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Every line is a hilarious pun or joke. Seems to be a remake of Talk of the Town (black and white movie, 1942), which was more of a drama than a comedy. Same plot of "love triangle", based on help from an old flame, up against an adversary running for public office, who is trying to avoid bad press. The hero, wrongly accused, even uses the same hiding places throughout the flick. Yvonne Wilder steals the show as the house-keeper Aurora, who runs a tight ship amid all the confusion of the pack of dogs always running around; She speaks her mind yelling things "under her breath". It isn't any Shakespeare, but its all around fun for all ages, and has a clever screenplay. Charles Grodin is the dour, serious husband who is trying to hold his position as Husband. The chemistry between Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn is amazing, and you can sense the conflict that the married Goldie Hawn feels as she tries to avoid falling back in love with Chevy Chase. Some great one-liners from Chevy Chase - he seems to be answering his own question half the time, and the jokes are for the benefit of the audience and Chevy himself.

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