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
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Larry Barton ...
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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 <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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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''s Herb Tucker character likes to gamble on horses at the races. Matthau was in real life a fan of the race-track and a big gambler. Matthau had long wanted to make a racing picture and got to do this when he starred in Casey's Shadow (1978). Matthau said of this: "Casey's Shadow is the first race picture that's come my way that I've liked". A couple of years after that movie, Matthau followed up that horse racing movie with another, Little Miss Marker (1980), then a couple years later, I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982). 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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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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6 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's a daughter to do when she wants to get in touch with her father who she hasn't seen in 16 years and lives 3,000 miles away? Answer: watch this movie and find out. It would be easy to rag this movie, to cite all its flaws, to point out its corniness, to dwell on Dinah Manoff's incredibly loud performance; to emphasize all the schlock, dreck, schmoozing and kvetching that identifies this movie as another example of 'ethnic" humor. Yes, one could easily rag this movie, but I won't do it. Not here, not in this website, not on the pc. Why? Let me tell you: I LIKED THIS MOVIE!!!!! Yes, I admit it. THIS WAS A GOOD MOVIE!!!!. So what if the acting was a bit strained! So what if the story was as stale as a corn beef sandwich that's been sitting in the refrigerator all night! This movie is a about a father and daughter who re-establish a relationship and that's something that cannot be ragged. No way. So what if the daughter talks with a certain ethnic inflection! So what if Walter Matthau reminded me of Oscar Homolka in "I Remember Momma." So what if this movie contains what has to be Ann-Margret's most forgettable role!! So what if this movie is like a pastrami sandwich with a lot of fat!!! So what if this movie's most inspiring character is a deceased grandmother!!!! I liked this movie and you will too if you just keep an open mind and remember: IT'S JUST A MOVIE!!!

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