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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 »
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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 »
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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)
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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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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
According to Albert Brooks, Stanley Kubrick called him up after the movie came out and said told him he always wanted to do a film about jealousy. Later Kubrick made Eyes Wide Shut (1999), which explores the same theme.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:[selecting a prop for the space film he's working on] How much would you say this weighs?
Head Mixer:I don't know. Maybe it doesn't weigh anything - did you ever think of that? Maybe it's on one of those planets that doesn't have any gravity.
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Are You Blind?, 13 October 2012
Author: RabbitValleyRebel from United States

How could you watch this film and not realize that it is about a complex Jewish man's longing for a simple, gorgeous Gentile woman? This theme has been played out in numerous books and films for generations. I read most of the reviews here, and no one mentioned this, unless I missed it.

The character, "Mary" represents the polar opposite of Jewish women, and the Brooks character at once worships her, and feels guilty for being with her, because he knows that they do not have enough in common. Or to be more specific, she is not Jewish.

The film was released in March of '81, so I assume it was made in 1980. That was a year in the life of Los Angeles, that I particularly loved. The Lakers were on top, L.A. was still essentially American, (not Third Worldy), cars were cool, population was down, music was mellow, and sometimes danceable, and record albums were the ultimate entertainment.

Also, bakery-restaurants, and mid-level diners with cheezy, plush booths, like the one in the opening scene, were a staple of L.A. culture.

I envy and admire Robert Cole's (The Brooks character) lifestyle. The Porsche 911, the hot girlfriend, the bachelor house in the hills, the job in the field that he loves, and the expendable income.

All the supporting characters were perfectly natural. James L. Brooks and George Kennedy were playing themselves, so it shouldn't have been much of a stretch. Bruno Kirby, may he rest in peace, cracked me up.

I agree with the other reviewers regarding the hit or miss potential for the average viewer. If you can relate to the neurosis of a guy being with a girl he believes is out of his league or inappropriate, then you will relate to this picture. That seems to indicate that it is a man's movie. But women, being generally more sensitive creatures, should enjoy this too. Because they see how much a man appreciates a woman, and how he can potentially go through the same heart-pangs that women in love supposedly go through.

I think it was a great movie. It was simple, funny, short, and had multiple memorable lines and scenes. Add to the mix, a beautiful woman. What more can you ask for?

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