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Seems Like Old Times (1980)

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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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alone - at last . . . [UK]


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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times  »

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One of two releases from Columbia Pictures, starring Charles Grodin that were released in 1980. The two movies are It's My Turn (1980) and Seems Like Old Times (1980). 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: Disbarment. Disbarment and disgrace are all that lies ahead.
Nick Gardenia: [looking ahead] That and a big truck.
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Referenced in Dawson's Creek: Four Stories (2001) See more »


The High and the Mighty
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Portion whistled by Chevy Chase
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Seems Like Max Dugan Returns
2 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I love Neil Simon comedies. The situations are so utterly outrageous, that they're hilarious. Seems Like Old Times is the story of a woman (Hawn) who's ex-husband, Nick,(Chase) is wrongly accused of robbing a bank. Nick keeps popping up at his ex-wife's house to get her to help him out, and in the meantime, she's trying to keep him hidden from her husband (Grodin), who's got an interest in aprehending Nick because he's up for the role of Attorney General.

The story is very similar to Max Dugan Returns, another Simon comedy in which Marsha Mason plays a woman who's estranged father (Jason Robards) shows up at her doorstep one night with a suitcase full of "stolen" money. In need of a place to lay low from the cops, the woman has to hide him from her boyfriend, a detective played by Donald Sutherland. By the way, if you liked Seems Like Old Times, you'd probably enjoy Max Dugan Returns, although it is not filled with as much 'stupid comedy' as the former.

Seems Like Old Times is classic Chevy Chase wit, Goldie Hawn charm, Charles Grodin panic, and comfortable Neil Simon comedy. Plus, it's got a load of other familliar faces like Robert Gillaum as Grodin's best friend and co-worker. T.K. Carter is hilarious as Goldie Hawn's chauffeur/maitre di/whatever else the woman hires him for (you'll understand if and when you have seen the movie). I think my favorite character of all, however, is the sassy housemaid, Aurora. It's a nice little film about outrageously odd occurences.

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