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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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Walter Matthau once said of this movie: "It's filled with very real emotions . . . there were a few seconds while I was acting when I flashed back to my childhood when my father deserted us . . . I was exhausted at the end of each day. Some roles are easier but comedy, such as Neil Simon writes, is twenty times more difficult than straight acting or tragic acting. I prefer the challenge of comedy. It requires a great deal more energy, a great deal of kinetic output." 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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A Modest but Touching Film
9 April 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a modest but affecting little film. Besides his gift for one-line zingers, Neil Simon has a way of giving his characters lines that are both surprising and believable. Dinah Manoff is perhaps a bit abrasively cooky at first, but she moderates the Brooklyn shtick after awhile and comes over as more complex and real. Walter Matthau as her bewildered but finally disarmed dad is consummately believable. Ann Margaret has little to do, but she does it with superb subtlety. Just watch how well she listens and understands

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