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Divorce American Style (1967)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 June 1967 (USA)
After 17 years, things have become too predictable and stale. They argue, they visit a marriage counselor, Richard (drunk) visits a prostitute. They split up. After meeting other people, ... See full summary »


Bud Yorkin


Robert Kaufman (story), Norman Lear (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Richard Harmon
Debbie Reynolds ... Barbara Harmon
Jason Robards ... Nelson Downes
Jean Simmons ... Nancy Downes
Van Johnson ... Al Yearling
Joe Flynn ... Lionel Blandsforth
Shelley Berman ... David Grieff
Martin Gabel ... Dr. Zenwinn
Lee Grant ... Dede Murphy
Pat Collins Pat Collins ... Pat Collins
Tom Bosley ... Farley
Emmaline Henry ... Fern Blandsforth
Dick Gautier ... Larry Strickland
Tim Matheson ... Mark Harmon (as Tim Matthieson)
Gary Goetzman ... Jonathan Harmon


After 17 years, things have become too predictable and stale. They argue, they visit a marriage counselor, Richard (drunk) visits a prostitute. They split up. After meeting other people, they are re-united at a night club where they realize that their marriage was better than their divorce.

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A timely, probing look at today's marital dropouts! See more »




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Early in the movie they mention that they're paying their maid $250/month and that their house cost $49,000. Inflation adjust equivalents in 2010 are $1614.14/month for the maid and $316,372.14 for the house. See more »


When Richard goes to Nancy's house the night after he finds out that Barbara is dating Al, the angle of Richard's shadow on Nancy's door changes between the long shots and the close-up shot. See more »


David Grieff: Well now, to the property settlement. I've prepared a list here of major items of community property with some suggestions as to how they may be distributed amongst the parties.
Richard Harmon: [looking at the list] Seems to be fair. Split right down the middle. The house to Barbara; the mortgage payments to me. The furnishings, colour TV and piano to Barbara; the monthly payments to me. The insurance benefits to Barbara; the premiums to me. The uranium in our uranium mine to Barbara...
David Grieff: Uranium mine?
Richard Harmon: And the shaft...
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: Opening credits (and the musical score) begin when a conductor - having just walked across a field and set up a music stand - raises his baton, gives a downbeat, and "cues" the sounds of husbands and wives arguing from the houses in the neighborhood below. At the end of the picture, the conductor again appears in the field above the neighborhood and begins conducting the final musical score through the closing credits (and drowning out the sound of arguing). See more »


Let's Fall in Love
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung partially by Pat Collins
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I Turned It Off
28 July 2009 | by reader4See all my reviews

I had mildly looked forward to seeing this film because of the stars. Dick van Dyke is usually good, and Debbie Reynolds almost always is. And I loved "Divorce Italian Style," so I thought the American version sounded promising as well.

I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up. What a disappointment! The first twenty minutes consists largely of people all yelling at each other at once in different venues: a conference room, a living room, a courtroom...

Debbie Reynolds has never looked less attractive. In fact, I have never seen her look unattractive until I saw this film. With her hair piled up on top of her head, and her pallid makeup, she reminded me of a blond version of the Katzenjammer Mamma.

I nearly recognized Jean Simmons with her short blond hair, reprising her faded look from "Mister Buddwing" the previous year.

Almost any movie that keeps my interest till the end rates at least 4 stars. I turned this turkey off after a grueling forty minutes. I didn't even laugh once. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2 is that it has a lot of well-known and talented people in it.

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