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Rich and Famous (1981)

R  |   |  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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The name of the book that Merry Noel Blake (Candice Bergen) read twice a year was Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind". 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 »

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Liz Hamilton: What are you going to do with it, get it published?
Merry Noel Blake: I was going to ask you...
Liz Hamilton: Go ahead, ask!
Merry Noel Blake: I don't like your tone, Liz.
Liz Hamilton: What is the matter with my tone? The New York review of books said I was a master of irony!
Merry Noel Blake: Oh, drink your gin and go to sleep!
Liz Hamilton: You want me to show the book to Jules Levy.
Merry Noel Blake: Well, I want you to do whatever you think is right...
Liz Hamilton: Jules Levy is the wrong man for you, Merry. Too much expensive tailoring. He's like an apple the butler polishes every day.
Merry Noel Blake: He's the most impressive ...
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On The Sunny Side of the Street
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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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