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Only When I Laugh (1981)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 September 1981 (USA)
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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the ... See full summary »

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Georgia Hines
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Polly Hines
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Toby Landau
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David Lowe
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Vincent Heller (Lou)
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Man in Bar
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Tom
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Heidi Stanton
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Jason
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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the demands of all around her with humor and insight, while staying off the booze. Written by Ed Lorusso

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It'll make you laugh...'til you cry. See more »

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Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh  »

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At the time of production, actress Marsha Mason was married to Neil Simon, the film's producer, screenwriter, and source playwright. Of the movies they made together, Max Dugan Returns (1983) and this film were the only ones where Simon was a producer. See more »

Goofs

When Georgia arrives home from re-hab she waits outside her apartment door holding a full bouquet of pink roses and baby's breath wrapped in green tissue paper. The grouping of the pink roses and the baby's breath changes remarkably after she enters her apartment. See more »

Quotes

Bartender: What's the problem?
Georgia: Do you see cigarettes? That's the problem.
Bartender: How much money did you put in?
Georgia: Twelve dollar like it says.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Great Mom / Daughter Movie
16 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kristie McNichol is a wonderful actress, also in this movie,I grew up watching her on TV and in movies,I wish she would come out of retirement from acting,also, because now my daughter likes her "old" movies. This movie is wonderful for moms and teens, even if your life isn't like the caricatures. LOOOOVE IIIIIIT !!! Also Marsha Mason and the rest of the cast are just as wonderful. Kristie and Marshas caricatures are believable as mother and daughter, and very funny together. A very good movie I recommend it. But still can't find it to buy on DVD. Hopefully it will be released soon. Hollywood don't make movies like this anymore.


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