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No Down Payment (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 30 October 1957 (USA)
The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), John McPartland (from the novel by)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joanne Woodward ... Leola Boone
Sheree North ... Isabelle Flagg
Tony Randall ... Jerry Flagg
Jeffrey Hunter ... David Martin
Cameron Mitchell ... Troy Boone
Patricia Owens ... Jean Martin
Barbara Rush ... Betty Kreitzer
Pat Hingle ... Herman Kreitzer
Robert H. Harris ... Markham (as Robert Harris)
Aki Aleong ... Iko
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Mr. Burnett
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Storyline

The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his long-suffering wife Isabelle, flirtatious Leola Boone and her sadistic husband Troy, hard working Herman Kreitzer and his understanding wife Betty, and newlyweds Jean and David Martin. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

John McPartland's Explosive Novel That Tell-Tales on Young Married America!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher do Próximo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$995,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Fox President Spyros Skouras was furious with production chief Darryl F. Zanuck when " No Down Payment" was banned in Ireland and Sweden, and also had restricted showings in Britain due to its adult nature. See more »

Quotes

Troy Boone: You better get hep to yourself, mister.
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Connections

Featured in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Drive-In Rock
(uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Carroll Coates
[The song first played and danced to at the Flaggs' dinner party, then played later when Troy rushes home after finding out about the Police Chief job]
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Quite simply the finest movie ever made about late-50s suburbia
30 November 2000 | by Eclectic CriticSee all my reviews

The script is sharp and at times, poignant, the acting is superb, and the overall impact is overwhelming. It peels the label off of the seemingly happy suburban couples and, in so doing, provides the sharpest snapshot ever put to film about a time and place that no longer exists, the one that was written about by such giants as Updike and Cheever. The only problem with this movie is that it's only shown on TV about once every ten years and it's not available on video. One last comment. After watching this movie, you'll never look at Tony Randall in the same way.


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