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I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 March 1982 (USA)
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Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Herbert Tucker
Steffy Blondell
Libby Tucker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Calvin Ander ...
Shelby Balik ...
Larry Barton ...
Bill Cross ...
Truck Driver
Boy on bus
Gillian Farrell ...
Monte Del Rey
Baseball Fan


Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has been out of Libby's life for 16 of her 19 years. Libby arrives in LA on a Tuesday and phones Dad the one night that Stephanie, who does Jane Fonda's hair, stays over. Stephanie is there the next morning when Libby decides she needs to tell her story face-to-face. Written by Dale O'Connor <>

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Libby Tucker hitchhiked from Brooklyn to take Hollywood by storm. And her father by surprise.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

26 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures  »

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$6,968,359 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Walter Matthau sports a beard in this movie for the entire picture. See more »


In the closing scenes Libby is first seen sitting on the left side of the bus talking to her seat mate, then when Herb drives his car up next to the bus on the right side she sees him through the right side window. See more »


Libby: Grandma was right. Once a shitheel, always a shitheel.
Herbert: Your grandmother talks like that?
Libby: The words are mine, the wisdom is hers!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


One Hello
Music & Lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Randy Crawford
Produced by Tommy LiPuma
(P) 1982 WEA International Inc.
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The Value of Family Ought to Be Shown More in Films ***1/2
26 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wonderful film with Neil Simon again showing that he is the master of writing.

Dinah Manoff is just marvelous as the precocious 19 year old who goes to California to see the dad she hasn't seen in 16 years.

The film is touching as it first shows that Matthau knows so little about his daughter (and son) but then as the film goes on, he shows all the attributes that a father shows.

As Matthau's girlfriend, Ann-Margret is very good. The picture itself provides no screaming of usual Matthau antics. He is genuine here in every sense of the word.

The film shows the strong bond that is formed and we're sorry when Libby takes the bus back to N.Y. At least, there is a commitment by the father to keep in touch.

We also have to wonder what kind of woman he was married to that drove him away years before.

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