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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 »
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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:
'Albert Brooks'' real life brother 'Bob Einstein' (aka Super Dave Osborne) plays the sporting goods salesman.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:[on the phone with Jay] Jay, listen -- I didn't tell you this before, and I think I should tell you now. I love you. I mean, in the right way. I think you're an amazing guy, and I -- I think I just love you.
Jay:The ludes kicked in, right?
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
lust in America, 8 May 2006
Author: gurghi-2 from Lexington, Kentucky

I do like Albert Brooks. As an actor. As a writer and director, his movies fall short of funny, happy to be amusing. Modern Romance is par for the course.

Only in the exchange with Medowlark Lemon does the movie come close to explaining Brooks' neurotic obsession with his girlfriend: she's out of his league. We don't know enough to understand why she's with him; the movie is more interested in his antics. Not only is Brooks' character narcissistic, his movie is too.

The foley scene, the shopping excursion, the Hollywood party are all deftly handled and expertly underplayed. I truly believe that Brooks can find the humor in anything. But he's satisfied with too little in his movies, and his disregard for structure (in his early films) is both curious and frustrating. It's as if he thinks he can get away with less if he doesn't seem to be trying as hard.

Essentially, Modern Romance is a 60-minute monologue with some situational humor mixed in. Is he in love with her, or with himself? That may be the point, but that makes me neither marvel nor laugh.

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