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Modern Romance -- A brilliant, hysterically funny comedy starring Albert Brooks as a film editor desperately trying to commit himself to his girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold). Brooks endures all the torture and joy of being in love throughout the course of the film.


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Writers (WGA):
Albert Brooks (written by) &
Monica Mcgowan Johnson (written by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1981 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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  (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
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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Did You Know?

After the Foley session ends, you hear over the loudspeaker "we have Heaven's Gate, the short version". The long version of Heaven's Gate (1980) came out during the filming of this movie.See more »
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 »
Robert Cole:I don't think we should go out. I mean, I just think it's over.
Mary Harvard:OK, it's over again.
Robert Cole:No, not "again". This it. It's the last time. It's for real.
Mary Harvard:You don't love me?
Robert Cole:I do love you. I mean, love has nothing to do with this. Yes, I love you. I mean, that makes it very confusing. But I just don't think. I mean... You've heard of a No Win Situation, haven't you?
Mary Harvard:No.
Robert Cole:No? Really, no? You've never heard of one? Vietnam; This.
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Albert Brooks At His Best, 4 December 1999
Author: Niro from Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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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