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Modern Romance (1981)

Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tyann Means ...
Waitress
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Jay
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Ellen
Karen Chandler ...
Neighbor
Dennis Kort ...
Health Food Salesman
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Sporting Goods Salesman
Virginia Feingold ...
Bank Receptionist
Thelma Leeds ...
Albert Brooks' Mother (as Thelma Bernstein)
Candy Castillo ...
Drugstore Manager
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David
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Himself and Zeron
Rick Beckner ...
Zeon
Jerry Belson ...
Jerry
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Storyline

Robert Cole, a film editor, is constantly breaking up with and reconciling with long-suffering girl friend Mary Harvard, who works at a bank. He is irrationally jealous and self-centered, while Mary has been too willing to let him get away with his disruptive antics. Can they learn to live with each other? Can they learn to live without each other? The movie also provides insight into film editing as Robert and co-worker Jay work on their current project, a cheesy sci-fi movie. Written by Reid Gagle

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Comedy | Romance

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13 March 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Modern Romance - Muß denn Liebe Alptraum Sein?  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$18,225 (USA) (15 March 1981)

Gross:

$2,863,642 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Due to the having a minimal amount of editing to be conducted during post-production on this picture, writer-director Albert Brooks was able to deliver his final cut to the Columbia Pictures studio about two weeks earlier than expected, and as such the U.S. release date of the pictured was brought forward by the studio about a couple of months earlier from May 1981 to March 1981. See more »

Goofs

When Albert is high on Quaaludes, he puts on a record album and the disco hit "A Fifth of Beethoven" comes on. But watch the needle on the turntable - you can see the arm retracting and returning from the spindle while the music is playing. See more »

Quotes

Mary Harvard: I don't think we should go together anymore. This is too painful for me. I can't do this. It's over.
Robert Cole: Marry me.
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References The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

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MY OWN BEST FRIEND
Performed by Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Albert Brooks At His Best
4 December 1999 | by (Farmington Hills, MI, USA) – See all my reviews

Brooks' astute observation on men's foibles when obsessed, love~wise, aims high... and hits every mark.

His character's on~again, off~again boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with coke~sniffing Kathryn Harrold [in what is clearly her best performance in what turned out to be a quickly~disintegrating short career] is the basis for the film.

And it's a winner, for most male romantics I'd presume.

Or at least for me: I've done most of the sneaky things Brooks' character does at one time or another, while desperately in love.

As with most of Brooks' works, this isn't laughing out loud funny: it's wry, subtle and makes some great statements on man's utter base incapability of understanding women.

PS: In case you didn't know, Brooks' real name is Albert Einstein... his brother Dave also became a big star in the late '80s: as pseudo~daredevil "Super Dave Osborne"...


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