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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Carrie Fisher (book)
Carrie Fisher (screenplay)
Contact:
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Release Date:
14 September 1990 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.
Plot:
Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the best American screenplay of the last 50 years. See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meryl Streep ... Suzanne Vale

Shirley MacLaine ... Doris Mann

Dennis Quaid ... Jack Faulkner

Gene Hackman ... Lowell Kolchek

Richard Dreyfuss ... Doctor Frankenthal

Rob Reiner ... Joe Pierce

Mary Wickes ... Grandma

Conrad Bain ... Grandpa

Annette Bening ... Evelyn Ames

Simon Callow ... Simon Asquith
Gary Morton ... Marty Wiener

CCH Pounder ... Julie Marsden (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Sidney Armus ... Sid Roth

Robin Bartlett ... Aretha

Barbara Garrick ... Carol

Anthony Heald ... George Lazan

Dana Ivey ... Wardrobe Mistress

Oliver Platt ... Neil Bleene

Michael Ontkean ... Robert Munch

Pepe Serna ... Raoul
Mark Lowenthal ... Bart
Michael Byers ... Allen

JD Souther ... Ted (as J.D. Souther)
George Wallace ... Carl

Peter Onorati ... Cameraman

J. Roy Helland ... Make-up Man (as Roy Helland)

Douglas Roberts ... Soundman
Michael Haley ... Assistant Director (as R.M. Haley)
Kathleen Gray ... Cindy
Gloria Crayton ... Maid at Party
Gary Matanky ... Sound Editor

Marcelo Tubert ... Sound Editor
John Verea ... Young Intern
René Assa ... Passport Official

Natalija Nogulich ... Friend at Airport (as Natalia Nogulich)
Susan Forristal ... Friend at Airport
Evelina Fernández ... Airline Employee (as Evelina Fernandez)
Neil A. Machlis ... Rob Sonnenfeld (as Neil Machlis)
Gary Jones ... Fan at Party
Jane Galloway ... Nurse

Steven Brill ... Assistant Director
Jason Tomlins ... Officer
Shelley Kirk ... First Lady
Jessica Z. Diamond ... Script Supervisor
Scott Frankel ... Pianist at Party
Sheridan Leatherbury ... Stand-In
Ken Gutstein ... Director of Photography
James Deeth ... Helicopter Pilot
Robert Marshall ... Helicopter Pilot

Jim Cuddy ... Blue Rodeo Band
Greg Keelor ... Blue Rodeo Band
Bazil Donovan ... Blue Rodeo Band
Mark French ... Blue Rodeo Band
Bob Wiseman ... Blue Rodeo Band (as Bob Weiseman)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carrie Jachnuk ... Fan at Party (uncredited)

Beau Lotterman ... Soundman (uncredited)
Raymond Storti ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Nichols 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Carrie Fisher (book)

Carrie Fisher (screenplay)

Produced by
John Calley .... producer
Robert Greenhut .... executive producer
Neil A. Machlis .... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Susan MacNair .... associate producer (as Sue McNair)
Mike Nichols .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carly Simon 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein  (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
 
Art Direction by
Kandy Stern 
 
Set Decoration by
Chris Butler  (as Chris A. Butler)
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist
Greg Cannom .... special makeup artist: Shirley Maclaine (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager (as Neil Machlis)
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Haley .... first assistant director
Nathalie Vadim .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
C.J. Maguire .... property master
James F. Orendorff .... construction coordinator
Mark Boucher .... props (uncredited)
Charles William Breen .... set designer (uncredited)
David B. Brenner .... foreman (uncredited)
Dan Dorfer .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... supervising sound editor
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer
Steve Cantamessa .... boom operator
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Jacobi .... adr editor
Ellis Burman .... sound re-recording mixer (restored version) (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process projection
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Ballhaus .... first assistant camera
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator
David James .... still photographer
Tom May .... key grip (as Thomas May)
James R. Tynes .... chief lighting technician
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Lowell Peterson .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Bradford Ralston .... video assist operator (uncredited)
John 'Fest' Sandau .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Jeff Zucker .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gary Jones .... assistant costume designer
Eddie Marks .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kris Cole .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Blue Rodeo .... musician
Frank Filipetti .... music producer
Jack Lee .... musical coach: Ms. MacLaine
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Paul Samwell-Smith .... music producer
David Sharpe .... vocal effects (as David Sharpe's Totally Looped Group)
Howard Shore .... music supervisor: musical numbers
Brian Eddolls .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Diane Bandolas .... production accountant
Ilean Helland .... assistant: Mr. Nichols
Michele Imperato .... production coordinator
Ken Lavet .... location manager (as Kenneth D. Lavet)
Helen Robin .... assistant: Mr. Greenhut
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor (as Marshall I. Schlom)
Doug Taylor .... publicist
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Carlos Garcia .... caterer (uncredited)
Laura Petticord .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
101 min | Canada:95 min (edited version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cast mates Shirley MacLaine and Annette Bening would become sisters-in-law a few short years later, when Bening married MacLaine's brother, Warren Beatty.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Lowell tells Suzanne that none of the airport scene can be saved because it was shot without any cutaways. However, the scene is obviously edited as the characters jump about 3 feet farther from the camera as they walk from past a pole between the ticket counter and the passport control desk.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Faulkner:I do not like this particular side of you!
Suzanne Vale:I'm not a box, I don't have sides. This is it, one side fits all!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.75" (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Don't Know MeSee more »

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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
One of the best American screenplay of the last 50 years., 8 April 2005
Author: stefans69 from United States

This is easily one of the best American films of the 90s and certainly one of the best screenplays of the last 50 years.

Carrie Fisher writes dialogue like nobody else in show business and she outdoes herself with this semi-biopic about her life growing up in the biz with her actress Mom, Debbie Reynolds.

The film is loosely based on the novel of the same title by Fisher, and I say "loosely", because Nichols asked Fisher to re-write several parts to make them more "film-friendly". The book is more about drug addiction and the character of the mother (played brilliantly by Shirley MacLaine) is barely involved.

The film focuses (smartly) on the relationship between mother and daughter and Maclaine and Streep have a field day and create some of the most memorable mother-daughter scenes in American cinema history, thanks to the able direction of Mike Nichols. Dennis Quaid is also wonderful as the narcissistic drug addicted man that plays with Streep's character's emotions.

This is one of my all time favorite films, it's the only film on my top 10 list made in the last 25 years, and will be remembered for generations to come as the gem that it is. The screenplay is so amazing that about 80% of the dialogue is totally quotable and can be repeated ad nauseum to the delight of its fans (and annoyance of their relatives and significant others).

Wonderful cameos from everyone from Mary Wickes, Rob Reiner, Gene Hackman, Annette Benning, Oliver Platt and more...if you can get your hands on the DVD with Carrie Fisher commentary, it's just as hilarious as the film itself. The woman is a genius and it's a crime she wasn't nominated (or won) an Oscar for Best Screenplay for this film.

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