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Valerie Curtin (written by) &
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Release Date:
17 December 1982 (USA) See more »
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MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME! Why isn't it out on the market? See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Reynolds ... Richard Babson

Goldie Hawn ... Paula McCullen

Jessica Tandy ... Eleanor McCullen

Barnard Hughes ... Tim McCullen

Audra Lindley ... Ann Babson

Keenan Wynn ... Tom Babson

Ron Silver ... Larry Weisman

Carol Locatell ... Nellie Ballou

Richard Libertini ... Jorge Medina

Peggy Walton-Walker ... Carol Brandon

Noah Hathaway ... Lyle Ballou
Mikey Martin ... Robbie Ballou
Helen Page Camp ... Maid

Joan Pringle ... Doria
Vincent J. Isaac ... Cab Driver
Jeffrey Bannister ... Shoe Salesman
Alfred Mariorenzi ... Gate Guard
David Cullinane ... Waiter
Rodney Kageyama ... Meter Reader

Terrence Currier ... Henry Spaulding
Nannette Rickert ... Marion Talbot (as Nan Rickert)
Jim Scopelitis ... Bob Skinner
Elaine Dunstan ... Edwina Coolie
Cal Kirby ... Man at Table
Walter Davy ... Ron Barbero
Catherine A. Frederico ... McCullen's Neighbor
James D. Griffin ... Coach
Jennifer Jewison ... Skier
Wally McMahon ... Conductor

Doug Roberts ... Stuart
Brian Corrigan ... Waiter
Michele O'Brien ... Patti

Daniel Bushnell ... Craig
Lynn Sue Nitkin ... Girl in Restaurant
James C. Lewis ... Diner (as Jim Lewis)
William B. Kennedy ... Conductor
Aulinda Gigena ... Wedding Chapel Owner
Dora Baldor ... Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pamela Clay ... Georgetown Mall Shopper (uncredited)

Valerie Curtin ... Paula's Friend in Playpen (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
Writing credits
Valerie Curtin (written by) &
Barry Levinson (written by)

Produced by
Norman Jewison .... producer
Patrick J. Palmer .... producer (as Patrick Palmer)
Joe Wizan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Don Zimmerman 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Art Direction by
Josan F. Russo  (as Josan Russo)
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Gabriel Borgo .... hair stylist
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist
Tom Ellingwood .... makeup artist
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Production Management
Tom Jacobson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregory Palmer .... second assistant director (as Greg Palmer)
Win Phelps .... first assistant director
Jim Van Wyck .... second assistant director
Art Department
Henry Alberti .... set designer
Louis S. Fleming .... assistant property master (as Louis Fleming)
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator (as Bill Maldonado)
Jim McGee .... construction foreman
Anne Pritchard .... visual consultant
George Szeptycki .... assistant art director
Michael Taylor .... lead man
John Zemansky .... property master
Sound Department
Neil Brody .... re-recording mixer
John S. Coffey .... boom operator
Jay Engel .... dialogue editor
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady .... sound
Don Hall .... sound editor
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Charles M. Wilborn .... production sound mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects (as Larry Cavanaugh)
David Domeyer .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl L. Clark .... first assistant camera (as Earl Clark)
Cary Griffith .... key grip
Richard Hart .... gaffer
Johnny E. Jensen .... camera operator (as John Jenson)
Kevin Jewison .... second assistant camera
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Casting Department
Marci Liroff .... additional casting
Carol Ness .... extras casting: Viginia
Linda Phillips-Palo .... extras casting: New York (as Linda Phillips Palo)
Dagmar Wittmer .... extras casting: Viginia
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman Salling .... costumer: Mr. Reynold
Victoria Snow .... costumer: women
Don Vargas .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Elyane Bretherton .... assistant film editor
Mario Leone .... apprentice film editor
Location Management
Dow Griffith .... location manager: Los Angeles
Stuart Neumann .... location manager: Virginia
Eric Young .... location manager: New York
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Quincy Jones .... music producer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Arthur F. 'Mickey' McAteer .... transportation captain (as Mickey McAteer)
Craig Pinkard .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Ann Ashcraft .... production office coordinator
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist
Robert Hatfield .... production office assistant
Lisa L. Hyde .... personal assistant: Goldie Hawn (as Lisa Hyde)
Candace Koethe .... production office secretary
Charles Milhaupt .... assistant to producer
Leanne Moore .... assistant production accountant
Bonnie Palef .... personal assistant: Norman Jewison (as Bonnie Palef Woolf)
Johanne Samuel .... production office secretary
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Tom Udell .... production accountant
Janet L. Wattles .... assistant production accountant (as Janet Wattles)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)

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116 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

The movie's song, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?", in 2004 was nominated by the American Film Institute for their "AFI's 100 Years . . . 100 Songs" Top 100 List of Songs from American cinema during the 20th century.See more »
Factual errors: Goldie Hawn mentions Teresa Wright not being on the train in "Since You Went Away." It was Jennifer Jones, not Wright.See more »
Larry Weisman:Commitment. Discipline. Make it work.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Little Caesar (1931)See more »
How Do You Keep The Music Playing?See more »


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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME! Why isn't it out on the market?, 11 September 2005
Author: cyndisellscondos from United States

I can't think of ANY movie made before or since, that I've seen that compares to this hysterically funny yet dramatic view of relationships.

If you've been married and divorced or lived with someone then married, you have to be able to relate to this movie! It's SOOOOOOOO true to call!

I'm ordering this DVD today- but I haven't seen it for 10 years. Yet~ it's one of those movies I always look for ~ and relate to. It's sticks with you!

DYNAMIC writing- EXCELLENT Performances. The in-law scenes... Blah... But the basic plot and performances- Sensational!

A friend of my daughter (LANA) is an actress and was working with Goldie's son. When Lana called my daughter- All I could yell in the background was for her to GET ME THIS MOVIE!! It's one of a kind!

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