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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Albert Brooks (written by) &
Monica Mcgowan Johnson (written by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Robert was madly in love with Mary. Mary was madly in love with him. Under the circumstances they did the only thing they could do... they broke up. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
The greatest movie ever on the horror and insanity of love See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Albert Brooks ... Robert Cole

Kathryn Harrold ... Mary Harvard
Tyann Means ... Waitress

Bruno Kirby ... Jay
Jane Hallaren ... Ellen
Karen Chandler ... Neighbor
Dennis Kort ... Health Food Salesman

Bob Einstein ... Sporting Goods Salesman
Virginia Feingold ... Bank Receptionist
Thelma Leeds ... Albert Brooks' Mother (as Thelma Bernstein)
Candy Castillo ... Drugstore Manager

James L. Brooks ... David

George Kennedy ... Himself and Zeron
Rick Beckner ... Zeon
Jerry Belson ... Jerry
Harvey Miller ... Harvey (as Harvey Skolnik)
Ed. Weinberger ... Ed
Meadowlark Lemon ... Himself
Albert Henderson ... Head Mixer
Clifford Einstein ... Music Mixer (as Cliff Einstein)
Gene Garvin ... Sound Effects Mixer

Hugh Warden ... Bank Dick
Kelly Ann Nakano ... Hostess
Joe Bratcher ... Jim
George Sasaki ... Japanese Businessman
Victor Toyota ... Japanese Businessman
Roger Ito ... Japanese Businessman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bryar ... Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Mike Road ... Spaceman (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Brooks 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Albert Brooks (written by) &
Monica Mcgowan Johnson (written by) (as Monica Johnson)

Produced by
Andrew Scheinman .... producer
Martin Shafer .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Eric Saarinen 
 
Film Editing by
David Finfer 
 
Casting by
Barbara Claman 
Deborah Kurtz 
 
Production Design by
Edward Richardson 
 
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey 
 
Makeup Department
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist
Christina Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Stephen J. Fisher .... unit production manager
Daniel McCauley .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Looney .... second assistant director
Steve Perry .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Erik L. Nelson .... property master
Larry Verne .... construction coordinator
Mike Villarino .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ray Alba .... sound effects editor
Jeff Bushelman .... sound effects
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Nelson .... production sound mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Pat Somerset .... sound effects
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Ross Cannon .... second key grip
Joe Collins .... key grip
Catherine E. Coulson .... second assistant camera
Frederick Elmes .... camera operator
Bob Farmer .... best boy
Michael Katz .... gaffer
Dennis Matsuda .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Henrikson .... costumer
Christine Zamiara .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
John Currin .... apprentice editor
Michael D. Ornstein .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Lance Rubin .... music adaptor
Shinichi Yamazaki .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Alan Falco .... transportation coordinator (as Allan Larry Falco)
 
Other crew
Sharon Clark .... assistant to producers
Ruth J. Gribin .... pre-production secretary
Linda Hess .... location manager
Andree Juviler .... location manager
Max Manlove .... production assistant
Karen Martini .... production secretary
Phyllis Shafrin .... auditor
Gail Siemers .... assistant: Mr. Brooks
Frankie Slater .... unit publicist
Paula Wakefield .... location manager
Carol Westphall .... script supervisor
 

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93 min
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Trivia:
The director of Robert Cole's films is James L. Brooks, who would later direct Albert Brooks in Broadcast News (1987).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Robert Cole:[stretching before his first jog after breaking up] One, two, three! And I don't even miss her, two, three! One, two, three! And I don't even miss her, two, three...!See more »
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YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFULSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The greatest movie ever on the horror and insanity of love, 16 April 2007
Author: cannotlogon103 from United States

Though only his second directorial outing, "Modern Romance" is arguably Brooks' finest film and is the single most insightful and hilarious examination of the gut-wrenching and mind-twisting ordeal that is love. Some have commented that the movie is not as polished as his later work, and while that may be true from a cinematic standpoint, it is this raw quality that lends itself to an even greater statement about how a man can be turned upside down and inside out as he tries to comprehend life while under the influence of love. Brooks' doppelganger, Robert Cole, is the epitome of the obsessed and doomed lover, a man who knows his love for a woman (brilliantly portrayed by Kathryn Harrold, as the haughty and insecure Mary Harvard) is unhealthy, but is compelled nevertheless to have her. His struggle with reason and love is the central theme to the film, yet even though Cole is depicted as an irrational neurotic, never once does Brooks make him unsympathetic. While Coles' actions in his pursuit of Mary defy reason, anyone who has ever been in love will understand all too well why he does the things he does.

This is perhaps that only movie for which it can be said that every single scene -- nay, every line -- is hilarious. Spectacular performances from Mr. Brooks, Kathryn Harold, Bruno Kirby, and terrific cameos from James L. Brooks (no relation), Bob "Super Dave Osborne" Einstein (who IS Brooks' brother....Yes, Albert Brooks real name is....Albert Einstein!), George Kennedy and, believe it or not, Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, whose scene with Brooks is a moment of surreal genius. If for no other reason, see this movie for "the movie within the movie" that Brooks' and Kirby's characters are editing.

I would say to those who, for whatever reason, do not like Albert Brooks -- either you find him irritating or just don't get his humor -- then do not bother, because Brooks is center stage for the entire movie and the humor is the very essence of "Brooks-ian". Yet even if the movie seems very personal, it speaks to all of the world's "fools in love", managing to embody and transcend the filmmaker. I happen to think he is one of the funniest and insightful observers ever of the human condition, but am aware his style is not universally loved.

Though made in 1981, it is as resonant now as it was then; and, considering that people, against all rational thought, will forever fall in love, this movie will always have something very insightful and extremely funny to say. For what it's worth, I have over the years rated almost a thousand movies and TV shows here at IMDb, and have given less than 15 "10 stars". "Modern Romance" is one of those few films, and deservedly so. I am not saying the movie is not without its flaws; but because of the nature and subject matter of the movie, and because it is painfully obvious that Albert Brooks' personal experience is very much on display, those flaws actually add to the genius of the work.

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