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There's Always Vanilla (1971)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  11 February 1972 (USA)
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A young man returns to his home city of Pittsburgh and moves in with an older woman whom he begins to rely on for emotional and financial support.



(as Rudolph J. Ricci)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Laine ...
Chris Bradley (as Ray Laine)
Judith Ridley ...
Lynn Harris (as Judith Streiner)
Johanna Lawrence ...
Terri Terrific
Richard Ricci ...
Michael Dorian
Roger McGovern ...
Mr. Bradley
Ron Jaye ...
Bob Wilson ...
TV Network Executive
Louise Sahene ...
Christopher Priore ...
Mr. Manspeaker
Robert Trow ...
Bryson Randolph
Val Stanley ...
TV rug commercial director
Vincent D. Survinski ...
Delivery man (as Vincent Survinski)
Eleanor Schirra ...
Mrs. Harris
S. William Hinzman ...
Drunk guy in bar (as Bill Hinzman)


Chris Bradley is a young man who returns to his home city of Pittsburgh after several years of drifting and working odd jobs around the country since his discharge from the U.S. Army. Rejecting moving back in with his father and not wanting to return to the family business of manufacturing baby food, Chris meets and shacks up with Lynn, an older woman who works as a model in local TV commercials, and whom becomes his 'sugar mama' of supporting him financially and emotionaly, which begins to put a strain on the affair especially when Lynn finds out that she's pregnant and does not feel that Chris would make a responsible father or husband. Written by Matthew Patay

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Every woman knows why the wrong man is irresistible!


Comedy | Drama | Romance






Release Date:

11 February 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Affair  »

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$70,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Briefly seen just after the 54 minute mark, the clapboard for the commercial shoot reads "ROMERO." See more »


Chris Bradley: This is my father, he can still cut the mustard!
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 6 (1999) See more »


There's Always Vanilla
Written by Frank Joseph
Sung by Frank Joseph
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Definitely in Romero's TOP 3 FILMS. Excellent!
1 June 1999 | by (Seattle, Wa.) – See all my reviews

I am first and foremost a vigilant fan and defender of the horror genre; it's where my heart lies. But this radical departure from the genre Romero has primarily stuck to - is a surprising delight. The previous user comments do a terrible injustice to the director, writer and cast. The sharp, intelligent dialogue is delivered by a talented, lively and very professional group of actors. The story itself is unlike other of its contemporaries in that it has the brains and skill of a true auteur fleshing out what, in the hands of a lesser artist, would have been a mere exploitation flick. Romero's distinct framing of shots and brilliant editing techniques are in full force; and anyone who appreciates Romero as a director (not just horror movies) should definitely see it. Considering Romero is as political a director as he is an artistic one, this is a perfectly logical follow-up to his horror masterpiece, "Night of the Living Dead". " There's Always Vanilla" is funny, artistic, lurid and intelligent. Highly recommended.

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