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There's Always Vanilla -- 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.

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11 February 1972 (USA) See more »
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Every woman knows why the wrong man is irresistible!
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Romero's second film isn't as bad as you think or what the filmmaker said about his second film. See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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 ... Fox
Bob Wilson ... TV Network Executive
Louise Sahene ... Samantha
Christopher Priore ... Mr. Manspeaker
Robert Trow ... Ralph
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)
Mike Marracino
Lee Hartman ... TV Reporter
Thomas Ashwell
George Kosana
Bob Stevens
Dorrit Chase ... Mrs. Bradley
Helen Tumpson ... Actress in TV beer commercial
Donald Neeld
Al Croft
Roger Ray
Ken Peters
Elsie Doughty ... Herself
Richard France ... Broadway producer on TV
Nat Carter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George A. Romero ... Beer Comercial Director (voice)
Lane Carroll ... Actress in rug TV commercial (uncredited)
Jack Dutch ... Crewperson (uncredited)

John A. Russo ... Music producer (uncredited)
Russell Streiner ... TV beer commercial director (uncredited)

Directed by
George A. Romero 
 
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Rudy Ricci  (as Rudolph J. Ricci)

Produced by
John A. Russo .... producer
Russell Streiner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jim Drake 
Steve Gorn 
 
Cinematography by
George A. Romero 
 
Film Editing by
George A. Romero 
 
Production Design by
Vincent D. Survinski  (as Vincent Survinski)
 
Costume Design by
Carol Muldoon 
 
Makeup Department
Luigi Caesar Caruso .... hair stylist
Bonnie Priore .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Gary Streiner .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlyle Belland .... grip
S. William Hinzman .... grip (as William Hinzman)
Paul McCollough .... assistant camera
Greg Treleaven .... grip
 
Music Department
Jim Drake .... conductor
Jim Drake .... music arranger
Steve Gorn .... music performer: electronic music
Mike Marracino .... composer: additional music
 

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93 min
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This is 'George A. Romero''s second film, and according to him, his worst. He stated that the writer was "very lazy" and showed little interest in the production, leaving halfway through the shooting.See more »
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Chris Bradley:Dad, I just don't want to go to work in your baby food factory. And, I don't want to sell vacuum cleaners. I don't want to sell little toy plastic aircraft carriers. I don't wanna... I don't know what I want.
Mr. Bradley:Chris, I think I understand what you're talking about. A little bit anyway. But these problems are a little bit like going to Howard Johnsons for some ice cream. You can get all kinds of wild, exotic flavors. But somehow, you always wind up with vanilla.
Chris Bradley:Oh, Jesus Christ, Dad, I could cry!
Mr. Bradley:You get what I mean? Now one thing, just once in a while...
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Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 18 (1998) (V)See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Romero's second film isn't as bad as you think or what the filmmaker said about his second film., 11 January 2006
Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada

A free-spirited young man (The late:Ray Laine) comes back home to Pittsburgh trying to make a new life for himself but when he meets a beautiful young model (Judith Ridley) that affects his life and they fall in love. But the two couple are so different from each other and they try to make their relationship work, despite their complicated lifestyle.

Directed by George A. Romero (Creepshow, Knightriders, Martin) made an interesting, bittersweet drama that is a certainly an Unusual film even for director:Romero. Romero made this film, because he feared being typecast as a "Horror Director". Romero claims this film to be his worst, because he felt his heart wasn't in the right place. When he made the film in the early 1970's. But i liked this film, because of Laine and Ridley strong performances. The behind the scenes moments where Ridley makes Television Commercials are the highlight, that's what Romero was doing in his career at that time.

DVD has an fine non-anamorphic widescreen (1.77:1) transfer and an fine-Dolby 2.0 mono sound. DVD has an interview with the filmmaker:Romero, trailer and Romero's biography. This DVD is double feature with "Season of the Witch". Only faults in the film is Romero's use of flash cutting at several moments and an flawed conclusion. The film has amusing moments for Romero's fans, which Romero close friends like John A. Russo, Russell Streiner, Bill Hinzman and the late:Vince Survinski were involved with Romero's first film "Night of the Living Dead". Which his close friends appears in cameos. Written by Rudy Ricci (Who also wrote the story for Dan O'Bannon's 1985 Cult Classic "Return of the Living Dead"). This film is also known as "The Affair". (****/*****).

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