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Reuben, Reuben (1983)

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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Cynthia Harris ...
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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 June 1984 (Australia)  »

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Amor e Boemia  »

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On the Broadway stage, the film's source "Spofford" play by Herman Shumlin starred a top-billed Melvyn Douglas as Spofford. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Clayton: Even though your stay here is limited, we want you to feel a member of our congregation.
Gowan McGland: Certainly, who is she?
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Referenced in Between Two Worlds: The Making of 'Witness' (2005) See more »

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Great film
1 December 2008 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

This is a real gem of a movie from the early 80s. The script which is very funny and witty, expertly oscillates between comedy and tragedy. It reminds me of many great John Irving novels. Conti's performance as Gowan McGland, a washed up Scottish poet, is at the heart of this film. Conti's portrayal is so good that I can't think of anyone else doing it. We're charmed by this tragic and comic figure. Kelly McGillis also gives a good performance as the college student who gets mixed up with the world-renowned poet. The relationship is realistic and adult - they both know it will end. What they don't know is the shocking way in which it does end. It's a highly entertaining, thought-provoking and powerful classic. It's mind-boggling that it isn't available on DVD.


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