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Release Date:
23 September 1981 (USA) See more »
From the very beginning, they knew they'd be friends to the end. What they didn't count on was everything in between.
Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jacqueline Bisset ... Liz Hamilton

Candice Bergen ... Merry Noel Blake

David Selby ... Douglas 'Doug' Blake

Hart Bochner ... Christopher 'Chris' Adams

Steven Hill ... Jules Levi

Meg Ryan ... Debby Blake, 18 Years

Matt Lattanzi ... Jim, the Boy

Daniel Faraldo ... Ginger Trinidad

Nicole Eggert ... Debby Blake, 8 Years
Joe Maross ... Martin Fornam
Kres Mersky ... Judy Heller
Cloyce Morrow ... Martha Antilles

Cheryl Robinson ... UCLA Voice (voice)

Allan Warnick ... Desk Clerk
Ann Risley ... Max's Wife
Damion Scheller ... Max's Son
Haley Fox ... Max's Daughter

Fay Kanin ... Professor Fields
Tara Simpson ... Stewardess
Herb Graham ... Waiter
Charlotte Moore ... Cartier Clerk
William G. Schilling ... Waldorf-Astoria Doorman (as William Schilling)
John Perkins ... Limo Driver
Herbert Bress ... Waiter in Hallway (as Herb Bress)
Alan Berliner ... Photographer
Don Bachardy ... Malibu Party Guest
Ruth Storey ... Malibu Party Guest (as Ruth Conte)
Marsha A. Hunt ... Malibu Party Guest (as Marsha Hunt)

Christopher Isherwood ... Malibu Party Guest
Pola Miller ... Malibu Party Guest

Paul Morrissey ... Malibu Party Guest
Jennifer Nairn-Smith ... Malibu Party Guest
Karen Somerville ... Malibu Party Guest
Roger Vadim ... Malibu Party Guest
Sandra Smith Allyn ... Literary Party Guest
Frances Bergen ... Literary Party Guest

Ray Bradbury ... Literary Party Guest

Ellen Brill ... Literary Party Guest
Gwen Davis ... Literary Party Guest
Frank De Felitta ... Literary Party Guest
Michael Dewell ... Literary Party Guest

Nina Foch ... Literary Party Guest
Elizabeth Forsythe-Hailey ... Literary Party Guest
Oliver Hailey ... Literary Party Guest

Randal Kleiser ... Literary Party Guest

Gavin Lambert ... Literary Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Brandon ... Max (uncredited)

Dick Cavett ... Himself (uncredited)

Merv Griffin ... Himself (uncredited)
Betty Keeney ... Malibu Party Guest (uncredited)

Dack Rambo ... Kent (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerald Ayres 
John Van Druten  play

Produced by
William Allyn .... producer
Jacqueline Bisset .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman  (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
Production Design by
Jan Scott 
Art Direction by
Fred Harpman 
Set Decoration by
Donald J. Remacle  (as Don Remacle)
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
Makeup Department
Candida Conery .... hair stylist (as Candy Conery)
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Martin Samuel .... hair style designer: Miss Bergen
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Edward Ternes .... makeup artist (as Ed Ternes)
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager: New York (as William Badalato)
Dennis E. Jones .... unit production manager (as Dennis Jones)
Ira Loonstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Quinn .... first assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... second assistant director: New York (as Joseph Reidy)
Tom Seidman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Alan Hicks .... set decorator: New York
David Moll .... property master (as David C. Moll)
Jimmy Raitt .... property master: New York (as James Raitt)
Robert Reilly .... property master: New York (as Bob Reilly)
Daniel Robert .... set decorator: New York (as Dan Robert)
James A. Taylor .... art director: New York exteriors
Martin A. Kline .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Rick Sternbach .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hochman .... sound editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound (as Darin Knight)
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank M. Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Roberts .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Catharine Bushnell .... still photographer: New York
Angelo Di Giacomo .... second assistant camera: New York (as Angelo Digiacomo)
Craig DiBona .... camera operator: New York (as Craig Dibona)
Peter Eco .... director of photography: New York
Lawrence Grauman .... second assistant camera (as Larry Grauman)
Gerald A. King .... key grip
Dan Lerner .... camera operator: New York
Kal Manning .... gaffer
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Robert Paone .... first assistant camera: New York
Keith Peterman .... first assistant camera
Jonathan Smith .... first assistant camera: New York
John Verardi .... second assistant camera: New York
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting: New York
Jane Feinberg .... casting: Los Angeles
Mike Fenton .... casting: Los Angeles
Howard Feuer .... casting: New York
Jeremy Ritzer .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Cain .... costume supervisor: women
Bruce Ericksen .... costume supervisor
Donna Thomas .... assistant costume designer (as Donna Tomas)
Peggy Thorin .... costume supervisor: women
Editorial Department
Bob Ramae .... assistant editor
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
William Saracino .... music editor
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Georges Delerue .... conductor (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Other crew
Karen Day .... location auditor
Amy Kastens .... unit publicist
Sandy Lawrence .... production secretary
Peter R. McIntosh .... location manager: New York (as Peter McIntosh)
Florence Nerlinger .... production coordinator: New York
Paul Pav .... location manager
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Mary Ann Braubach .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Rick Derby .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sam Irvin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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117 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Actress Jacqueline Bisset stated in an interview that the mile-high club airplane scene was lifted straight out of Emmanuelle (1974).See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Merry Noel Blake:You, darling Aunt Liz. After whom my daughter has chosen to craft her formative years. You no doubt find it amusing her little affair with a car thief.
Liz Hamilton:He stole a car?
Merry Noel Blake:He's addicted to the practice.
Merry Noel Blake:Hmmm... maybe he can get me a Mercedes...
Liz Hamilton:I'm sure Debby would roar over that cynical humor.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Remote Control (1988)See more »
On The Sunny Side of the StreetSee more »


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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Bitch and Hair mousse, 5 August 2004
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

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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