The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfield girl, subsequent career and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.
Executive George Dupler loses his temper and is demoted to the night manager at a 24 hour drugstore. After he suggests to his teenage son Freddie that he stop having an affair with suburban housewife Cheryl Gibbons, who is a distant cousin, Cheryl tries to seduce George. At home, in front of his mother, Freddie accuses his dad of stealing his girl, because he found Cheryl serving George a meal in the middle of the night, while her husband Bobby was on duty at the fire station. George then separates from his wife Helen, quits his job, moves into a warehouse, and asks Cheryl to move in with him. Written by
This picture's director Jean-Claude Tramont once spoke of the fact that his wife Sue Mengers was Barbra Streisand's agent at the time. He commented on the media circus' response that ensued which suggested that Mengers heavily persuaded Streisand to do the picture as a personal favor to her: "My wife and I have been together eleven years. If she had the ability to force Barbra to do a picture with me, I wish she had used it sooner. In most of her pictures, she [Streisand]'s criticized for overpowering the screen. In All Night Long (1981), she's criticized for not overpowering the screen." Tramont stated that Streisand took the part because she wanted to play a different type of character to what she had done before. See more »
If you haven't seen this movie, do yourself a favor and the next time AMC is showing the same James Bond movie for the tenth time in a week or TBS is airing the same movie three nights in a row, take the time to visit the video store and rent this.
I'm not a big Barbra Streisand fan, but this and What's Up Doc are two movies I never miss. Barbra actually plays someone who can't sing. That alone is worth taking a look at.
But the real reason to watch this movie is Gene Hackman. Hackman is the most overlooked actor of all time. Unfortunately, he came along at the same time that his more flashy peers Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Jack Nicholson did. While his understated performances got lost in the shuffle, time has proved him to easily have the most lasting power. While all four of those have suffered downturns in their career--temporary in the cases of Hoffman and Nicholson, erratic in the case of DeNiro, tragically permanent in the case of Pacino--Hackman never for a moment stopped turning in quality performances.
All Night Long is one of his greatest. While this guy could have become a sad sack that we merely pity, Hackman turns him into a fighter, watching the insanity taking place around him. He also invents the greatest product ever designed to be a symbol of the movie's theme.
Hackman invents a mirror that lets you see yourself as others see you, as you really are, not as a mirror image. This film is about looking at yourself for who you are, rather that letting others define you. Don't be misled by those looking for a "10" like middle-aged crisis comedy. It's far more than that. "10" was garbage, this is brilliant.
From Dennis Quaid's comment that somebody had a "brain hemorrhoid" (instead of hemorrhage) to the sublime Apocalypse Now helicopter scene parody taking place inside a grocery store, this movie is also filled with hilarious little touches.
It's worth the rental. Get it. (If it's even been released yet, that is).
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