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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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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

Troy's television is a 1957 Zenith. See more »

Quotes

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

References The $64,000 Question (1955) 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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Please, everyone, try to see this film and salute it as masterly
19 November 2005 | by john-ezardSee all my reviews

Author Mrb1980 is in the right direction, but this film is a small masterpiece. It remains rare in dealing with the tragedies of consumerism as a way of life ruthlessly led by the nose by the big companies and the advertising industry.

Though it's subject is a serious one, No Down Payment has more narrative drive and excitement than most thrillers. I still remember the shatteringly moving central performances of Joanne Woodward and Cameron Mitchell nearly 50 years later. The film was - and is - revelatory about what intelligent popular cinema could and can do. It made a tremendous evening at the pictures.

As I think about it, I could weep for the state of America film now. Far worse than McCarthyite blacklisting (which presumably caused one scriptwriter to be credited under a false name) is Hollywood's effective blacklisting of writers and directors with any true perceptions of real life, so that modern equivalents of No Down Payment such as Groundhog Day are a rarity and cynically connected feel-good rubbish is the norm.

NOTE to IMDb: your scale of marks up to Excellent is not good enough. Some films are more than Excellent


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