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Reuben, Reuben (1983)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 June 1984 (Australia)
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A drunken Scottish poet, who has not written a word in years, feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman.

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Gowan McGland
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Geneva Spofford
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Frank Spofford
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Dr. Jack Haxby
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Bobby Springer
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Mare Spofford
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Lucille Haxby
Rex Robbins ...
C. B. Springer
Kara Wilson ...
Edith McGland
Jack Davidson ...
George Spofford
Damon Douglas ...
Tad Springer
Robert Nichols ...
Harry Pycraft
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Dr. William Ormsby
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TV Interviewer (as Tom McGowan)
Dan Doby ...
Alvin
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Gowan McGland is a half-Irish/half-Welsh Scottish poet with some renown. He is also a total s*** - a boozer, a womanizer (his conquests more frequently married than not), lazy, and a leech, with a deteriorating body and bad teeth, losing which he equates with death. He also has his charms, which, in combination with his renown, leads to him usually being able to get what he wants. His wife, Edith McGland, also a writer, is well aware of who he is, their marriage which is in name only, although they are still good friends. It is because of her profession and her connection that she has been commissioned to write his biography. Because he is lazy, he has not written anything in five years. He is on a speaking tour to earn what little money he has, currently on an extended stop in Woodsmoke, Connecticut. His reputation in almost every sense precedes him in Woodsmoke - including his womanizing where probably only the husbands of his conquests are unaware of what's going on, and his ... Written by Huggo

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Meet Gowan McGland, poet. He drinks and lies. Sleeps with other men's wives. He hasn't written a word in years...but every woman he meets falls in love with him.

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The movie was made and released about sixteen years after its source play "Spofford" by Herman Shumlin had been first performed in 1967. The play was based on the novel "Reuben, Reuben" by Peter DeVries. See more »

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Gowan McGland: Thanks for the drink, Frank.
Frank Spofford: What for? You didn't finished it.
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Casadrunka
7 June 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie wasn't just written by Julius Epstein - as executive producer, and with another Epstein co-producing, he clearly midwifed it as well. So this would be a fairly unmediated labour of love from the man who penned Casablanca 40 years earlier, and damn if I don't like it better than Casablanca - if there's one thing I wanted to see it's a portrait of the lapsed poet as an old womanizing souse. Making him a Scot run amuck in New England is another great touch, gives the milieu a specificity you don't see every day. And that's not mentioning Tom Conti's very specific, and brilliant, performance - no wonder he never did anything comparable, he LIVES inside this thing. His hilarious portrayal of the sad-eyed loser Epstein has written him is the opposite of maudlin. As his doomed infatuation with young 'un Kelly McGillis approaches its inevitable demise, you wonder how on earth they are going to wrap things up - redemption would be corny, but despair would be hopeless and wrong. The answer he comes up with is a head-spinner, but it's also a perfect answer to this dilemma, and answers your lingering questions about the movie's name.


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