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Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? -- Zee (KAREN BLACK) is walking up & down Manhattan streets, talking to herself and to the husband who has just left her.
Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? -- Zee (Karen Black) is walking up and down Manhattan streets, talking to herself and to the husband who has just left her...


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26 April 1985 (Sweden) See more »
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Directed by
Henry Jaglom 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henry Jaglom  writer

Produced by
M.H. Simonson .... producer
Original Music by
Karen Black 
Cinematography by
Bob Fiore 
Film Editing by
Pamela Guest  (as Pam Rack)
Francesca Rivieri  (as Francesca Riviere)
Production Management
Robert Beberian .... unit manager
Michael Emil .... executive in charge of production (as Michael Jaglom)
E.L. Fisher .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John A. Gallagher .... assistant director
Forrest Murray .... assistant director (as Forrest W. Murray)
Sound Department
Debra DeVito Jackson .... sound editor
Harry Lapham .... sound
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Hal Miles .... titles director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Voxembaum .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Laja Holland .... assistant editor
Debra DeVito Jackson .... assistant editor
Other crew
Thomas Ballman .... production assistant
Stanley Bushell .... production accountant
Carol Clerk .... production assistant
Julie Pari .... production assistant
Eric P. Steckler .... production assistant (as Eric Steckler)
Jenny Townsend .... script supervisor
Judith Wolinsky .... production coordinator

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

In one scene, a character is seen reading the book "In Praise of the Sensitive Man" by Anais Nin. Nin was a great admirer of Henry Jaglom's work and dedicated part of that book to praising his film A Safe Place (1971).See more »
Mort:Psychologically, I married my motherSee more »
Movie Connections:
References On the Town (1949)See more »
Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?See more »


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Hard to see what was the point of this Central Park West "romance", 15 February 2006
Author: shearn-2 from Canada

Can she Bake a cherry pie is a pointless film that perhaps was intended to be heartwarming--the coming together of an overanalytical rationalist and a confused, corny, Sixties-style lovable-airhead character, played by Karen Black. They meet in a café and start seeing each other on the day she was left by her husband, though we never learn why hubby left and it's not obvious in her character. Because we have seen lots of lovable-airhead films, the implication is that suit-and-tie husband couldn't handle her emotionality and whimsicality, yet these are not all that marked. Black's character actually seems a normal enough person (and has a fine singing voice), so we don't necessarily see why she is interesting--that is, how she is going to have to learn to grow, or how this new, badly matched partner will fit her needs. Her whole new relationship is uncomfortably suspect through the movie because it may be an impulsive rebound. The film aims to be character driven but instead is event driven; so and so happens, then the next thing in a one note plod.

The male character was dull--in fact nobody changes. One scene is poignant,where he plays back some home movies while someone's rendering of the ever-superb song "The way you look tonight" plays on top. Yet this scene does not add depth to our lead's characterization, because he is too neurotic to even imagine changing. Neuroses are, by definition, minor worries given excess emphasis, and are not deep, complex or amusing to be around. Halfway through, we know he's going to continue being his one note self.

Production values are poor with smudgy colors.

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