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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 ...
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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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Frances Bergen:  The widow of Edgar Bergen and the mother of Candice Bergen as a literary party guest. 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: I need the press of human flesh, and you're the only flesh around.
Merry Noel Blake: After all these years are you trying to tell me there's something strange about you?
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An Mediocre Swan Song For A Great Director
19 July 2010 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Most known as an "Actresses director" and with a long career in Hollywood George Cukor made in 1981 "Rich and Famous" his last film. Compared to some of his classics such as "Born Yesterday" and "It Could Happen to You" and other of his positive filmography this movie is quite disappointing and a mediocre swan song for a brilliant career. And despite the names of Candice Bergen and Jacqueline Bisset among the main characters both actresses are not that well considering that Cukor directed several performances winner of Oscar (that includes the rehearsals he made with Vivien Leigh and all the casting of "Gone With the Wind").

I think that much of my dislike is because of the strange screenplay based on a play written by John Van Druten. It is awkward at some points, it never fully allows a interesting presentation of characters, many of them appears and disappears out of nowhere, the focus in only Bisset's character made the film with one track to follow and the title is about the two friends and nothing is really well developed. And that might have ruined the acting of the cast (except for Hart Bochner who is quite good) and even worst perhaps the casting director didn't worked well and made some unfortunate mistakes.

The story of two great friends (played by Bisset and Bergen), their happy and sad moments; their affection for the same man (David Selby) who married with one of them and was in love by the other; also focuses on their search for love, happiness, comprehension, sex, success, and everything that humans wants or do.

Just like any other classic of the genre these friends are always disagreeing in some things, and their discussions are excessive, sometimes meaningless, other times it just makes you falling asleep. But despite all that it is a good effort from director Cukor, who actually made a impressive and surprising thing here. Although he was part of a old school tradition of directors he really made a 1980's movie, exploring good sexual scenes, something inexistent during most of the time he directed some of the most important classics of all time.

I didn't learned nothing with the plot except that writers are so sentimental about awards (Bergen's character infuriated for sharing a award she received along with another writer) and about their friends starting a career as...writers!

If you like all the people involved in this film watch it, you might enjoy more than I did. It was a good chance to see a very young Meg Ryan in her first film appearance as the troubled daughter of Bergen. 6/10


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