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Rich and Famous (1981)

 -  Drama  -  23 September 1981 (USA)
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Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist. Merry Noel marries, has a daughter and writes... See full summary »

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Liz Hamilton
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Merry Noel Blake
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Douglas 'Doug' Blake
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Christopher 'Chris' Adams
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Jules Levi
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Debby Blake, 18 Years
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Jim, the Boy
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Ginger Trinidad
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Debby Blake, 8 Years
Joe Maross ...
Martin Fornam
Kres Mersky ...
Judy Heller
Cloyce Morrow ...
Martha Antilles
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Desk Clerk
Ann Risley ...
Max's Wife
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Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist. Merry Noel marries, has a daughter and writes, too: "trash" fiction which becomes enormously successful. Their story begins in college and jumps ahead some years at a time to show their relationship with each other and those in their orbits as they grow and mature. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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From the very beginning, they knew they'd be friends to the end. What they didn't count on was everything in between.

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Trivia

MGM released this remake the same year they acquired United Artists, which had owned the rights to the original film since 1958, when they acquired Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.), owners of the pre-1950 Warner Bros. film library. MGM/UA would hold on to both film versions of the story until 1986, when Turner Broadcasting System acquired MGM's library including the a.a.p. library. Turner Entertainment became the new rights holders to the films, and in 1996, Turner merged with WB's current parent Time Warner, not only bringing the 1943 version back under WB control, but also giving them the rights to the 1981 version. Turner continues to hold the copyrights to both films. See more »

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Merry is in bed when she suddenly comes up with title for her next novel - "Home Cookin'". But a moment later, when she rushes into her office, that title is already scrawled across the blackboard where she jots down her ideas. See more »

Quotes

Merry Noel Blake: You have been lying!
Liz Hamilton: I would only be lying if I let you believe it was merely scotch or gin that are making me do what I'm about to do.
Merry Noel Blake: What are you about to do?
Liz Hamilton: Vomit!
[Running out of the roo]
Merry Noel Blake: She liked my book.
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Take Me for a Buggy Ride
Written by Mezz Mezzrow, Wesley Wilson (uncredited)
Sung by Bessie Smith
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Bitch and Hair mousse
5 August 2004 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

Throwing his hat into the ring one last time before retiring (and then dying two years later!), legendary director George Cukor helmed this remake of "Old Acquaintance", the type of film that would not have been a surprise to see on his resume back in '43 (but the director was actually Vincent Sherman.) Cukor was noted throughout his remarkable 40 year career for his way with actresses (some of which were considered the most famous under the sun!), so it is appropriate that his last film featured two of them in showy starring roles. Bisset and Bergen are college friends in 1959 when Bergen skips out of the dormitory to marry Selby. A few years later, Bergen is a seemingly contented housewife and mother while Bisset has published a highly acclaimed first novel (and a second one is slow in coming!) Eventually, Bergen expresses a desire to write as well and this kicks off a feud between the ladies regarding art versus entertainment. meanwhile, they each experience heartbreaks in the romance department. Bisset produced this film (understandably, to get out of dreck like "When Time Ran Out") and is the more prominently featured of the two. She has many strong moments in the film and more than a few silly and/or tiresome ones as well. She makes no attempt at any point in the film to display even a shred of period detail in her hair or costuming (insisting on a shaggy-poodle hairstyle that is neither appropriate nor flattering to her gorgeous features) and this hurts the quality of the film more than one might expect. Bergen, on the other hand, looks smashing in a time-tunnel-tour of fabulous hair and clothing pieces. She gives her role every ounce of zest and humor that it can contain. In short, she comes out way on top in the acting and presence horse races. At times threatening to become a parody, she manages to imbue her character with depth and resonance. Also in the cast are (the oddly cast) Selby as Bergen's emasculated husband, (gorgeous) Bochner as a laid-back Rolling Stone reporter who admires Bisset and a wet-behind-the-ears Ryan (in her first role) as Bergen's impetuous daughter. Though some of the dialogue gets a little out there every once in a while and the story is bound by its old fashioned roots despite modern (foul) language and sexual implications, some degree of true human emotion still comes through and the ladies share a nice onscreen rapport. Georges Delerue provides a lovely pre-"Steel Magnolias" score. The plot occasionally gets a little off track and the film resorts to overdone melodrama at times (the teddy bear scene), but enough intelligence went into the portrayals and the script for this to have some meaning. As an added treat, impossibly young Lattanzi shares his much-lauded rump with the camera and the delectable Dack Rambo makes an unbilled appearance.


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