Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  15 August 1980 (USA)
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Cleveland 1951. Pre-med student Artie Shoemaker dreams not so much of a medical career but a life in the theater, against the wishes of his working class parents. Despite having no ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Crystal
Artie Shoemaker (as Thomas Hulce)
Mr. Shoemaker
Herbert Berghof ...
Dr. Julius Fuldauer
Mickey Bellinger
Fibby Geyer
George Morfogen ...
Sherman Sprat
Marshall Colt ...
Anthony Mannino ...
Rose Arrick ...
Mrs. Shoemaker
William Robertson ...
Mr. Henry
Steve Levitt ...
Randy Stumpf ...
Mark Keyloun ...


Cleveland 1951. Pre-med student Artie Shoemaker dreams not so much of a medical career but a life in the theater, against the wishes of his working class parents. Despite having no experience in the theater whatsoever, he is hired as the props man at the Kempton Hills Park Theater, an open air venue that is part of the summer stock circuit. The resident leading man at Kempton Hills is Harry Crystal who, along with some of the other more experienced company members, is working toward more lucrative and higher profile acting jobs. For most, including Harry, the goal is back to Broadway. For some, that Broadway dream is more a delusion than a true possibility. Despite being a bit of a divo, which grates on many of the other crew members, Harry takes inexperienced Artie under his wing both in terms of guiding him through his current position in props, as well as a general life in the theater. Part of that general life includes romantic couplings, the person who Artie ultimately chooses, ... Written by Huggo

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On stage, Harry Crystal is sheer magic. In the wings, Artie Shoemaker is learning his tricks!


Comedy | Romance


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15 August 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deine Lippen, deine Augen  »

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Did You Know?


When Artie and his father are driving in the truck, discussing Artie's future, passing trees are reflected on the windshield. At the end of the conversation, a street light is reflected that did not exist in 1951 (the setting of the movie). See more »


Harry Crystal: Time's winged chariot is breathing up my ass, baby.
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Referenced in Moonlighting: Those Lips, Those Lies (1989) See more »

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8 November 1999 | by (ny, ny) – See all my reviews

The warmest, most engaging movie of its genre, Those Lips, Those Eyes, made me smile and cry as it reminded me of the work it takes to pursue a dream and the pain of disappointment. Hulce and Langella are superb and the story seems to write itself. A brilliant screenplay by David Shaber (one of my favorites! - see The Warriors and Nighthawks for more...) and beautiful sets filmed on location (I think) at the actual summer theater in which the story takes place. You can't see this movie and not want to drop everything and get into the theater! Please check this video out if you can find it.

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