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Rich and Famous (1981)

R | | Drama | 9 October 1981 (USA)
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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UCLA Voice (voice)
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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

Literary figures quoted in the film include T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, Marcel Proust and William Butler Yeats. See more »

Goofs

Jackie Bisset's character is shown flying from LA to NY in a 747, but that plane didn't enter service until 1970, the year after this scene takes place (1969). 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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Referenced in The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

On The Sunny Side of the Street
Sung by Willie Nelson
Composed by Jimmy McHugh (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Farewell, George, and thank you, Mr. Ayres
18 December 2015 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Not-bad-at-all swan song for the great George Cukor, a "women's picture" remake of 1944's "Old Acquaintance" that actually improves on it somewhat. That's thanks mostly to screenwriter Gerald Ayres, who has updated it in credible and interesting ways and cut down on some of the excesses of the genre. As old friends who become romantic and professional rivals, Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen appear to be having a marvelous time, and David Selby's quite all right in the Gig Young-ish role of the dreamboat who married the wrong Smith graduate. Cukor's venture into R-rated filmmaking is a little self- conscious, and he dwells perhaps too long on the various beautiful young men who make the acquaintance of these two, but it's professional, attractive filmmaking. Notable also for the fascinating party guests who turn up as extras--Nina Foch, Christopher Isherwood, etc.


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