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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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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)

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

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John A. Russo .... producer
Russell Streiner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jim Drake 
Steve Gorn 
Mike Marracino 
 
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 
 
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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
 

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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:This is my father, he can still cut the mustard!See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Cassavetes reference somewhat apt, 7 March 2009
Author: Howard_B_Eale from Braintree, MA

As said here previously, THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA is a far better film than its reputation suggests (or director Romero himself apparently believes). As with all his best work, the writing is snappy and original, and quite unlike his best work, it proves that he could have (had?) a career with non-horror pictures if he wished so.

The film is told in flashback, with the main character (played excellently by Raymond Laine) ruminating in seemingly improvised sequences about his failed relationship, as the film illustrates its path. Fascinatingly, it resembles nothing less than Woody Allen's ANNIE HALL from some six years later - and is the far better movie. Where Allen's "see? I'm a lovable schnook" persona made me want to murder him when I revisited the film recently, Laine's portrayal of a sort of anti-hero in emotional turmoil here actually rings true.

Among the many pleasures in the film is seeing various cast members of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (to say nothing of lead actress Judith Steiner) back again in completely different roles. But there are also a host of terrific set pieces, a great, HUSBANDS-like night of stoned debauchery with father and son among them.

It doesn't all work - there are two pretty awful sentimental montages which fail - but there's plenty of spirited jump-cutting, frame flashes and other unique touches which show a thoughtful stylistic hand at play. I wish Romero hadn't stopped with this "failure" - he certainly would have made a more interesting ANNIE HALL.

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