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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liz Hamilton
Merry Noel Blake
Douglas 'Doug' Blake
Christopher 'Chris' Adams
Jules Levi
Debby Blake, 18 Years
Jim, the Boy
Ginger Trinidad
Debby Blake, 8 Years
Joe Maross ...
Martin Fornam
Kres Mersky ...
Judy Heller
Cloyce Morrow ...
Martha Antilles
UCLA Voice (voice)
Desk Clerk
Ann Risley ...
Max's Wife


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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Ricas y famosas  »

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Frank De Felitta: The writer as a literary party guest. See more »


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 »


Liz Hamilton: I am sick and fucking tired of you trying to live your life through my skin!
Merry Noel Blake: Hah! If I had your skin I'd take better care of it!
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »


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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My brief review of the film
18 January 2006 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This was the last film that George Cukor directed, and the subject matter - looking at how a friendship develops over time - is appropriate content for a swan song from a director who had made many very different films over the years. However, as fitting as the premise might seem, the film is certainly not a high note for Cukor to end his career on. It is uneven in tone, and jumps through time without giving the impression that it is doing so, as the characters hardly change or age. It is no help that the characters are hard to like either, or that Bergen is an annoyance to have on screen. Bisset handles her part fairly well on the other hand, and she is able to pull through despite the excessive sexual antics given to her character. The film suffers from being too talkative too, but the dialogue does contain some wit, and there are some amusing moments in the mix. Overall, it is not a strong end to George Cukor's career, and it is not even a particularly good film. Still, for Bisset and Cukor completists, there will enough of interest here to be worth a look.

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