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Movers & Shakers (1985)

PG | | Comedy | 3 May 1985 (USA)
Joe Mulholland, Head of Production at a Hollywood studio, makes a rather fool-hardy promise to a dying friend. He undertakes to make a major movie using the title - if not the content - of ... See full summary »

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Joe Mulholland
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Herb Derman
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Saul Gritz
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Nancy Derman
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Sid Spokane
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Livia Machado
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Marshall
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Arnie
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Larry
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Louis Martin
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Freddie
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Robin (as Peter Marc)
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Ray Berg
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Joe Mulholland, Head of Production at a Hollywood studio, makes a rather fool-hardy promise to a dying friend. He undertakes to make a major movie using the title - if not the content - of a best-selling sex manual "Love in Sex". Enlisting the help of depressed screenwriter Herb Derman and rather off-centre director Sid Spokane to try and come up with an idea or two, Joe soon wishes he was not one of those people who always try to keep their promises. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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$9,580 (USA) (5 May 1985)

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$372,438 (USA)
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In the mid Seventies, Paramount Pictures paid a great amount of money to secure the rights to Alex Comfort's sex manual The Joy of Sex just so they could use the title, which they found to be highly commercial. In 1978 they hired Charles Grodin to write a script, telling him the movie 'could be about anything'. Grodin decided to use this exact situation as the premise: a Hollywood writer struggles to write a script based on a sex manual after a big studio acquires the rights. When he finished his first draft, Paramount passed. The title was finally used for a teenage sex comedy 1984 (Joy of Sex (1984)) See more »

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The huge prop dinosaur that is mounted on the lawn of the movie studio lot changes position in respect to nearby buildings several times throughout the film. See more »

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References The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952) See more »

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Sid and Livia's Wedding
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Bottom Rung Grodin
25 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This aired on TCM last night, selected by guest programmer/star/screenwriter Charles Grodin. Classic? Hardly! He seems fairly proud of this pic, though, which allows an extremely talented cast to either overplay or underplay to agonizing effect. Director Asher (an Emmy winner for Bewitched) was better in the half hour television format. A complete waste of time. I think it's supposed to satirize the dying Hollywood studio system. It was movies like this that killed it. Pairing Bill Macy and Gilda Radner as a couple? Penny Marshall is credited and we hear her voice, but to my recollection only ever actually see her feet. Tyne Daly stands around with nothing substantive to do but be ticked off.


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