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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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Definitely in Romero's TOP 3 FILMS. Excellent! 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 
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 
 
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
 

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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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 18 (1998) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wild Mountain ThymeSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Definitely in Romero's TOP 3 FILMS. Excellent!, 1 June 1999
Author: mikey33 from Seattle, Wa.

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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