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The Arrangement (1969)

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A suicidal advertising executive is forced to re-evaluate his life while dealing with his unhappy marriage, his mistress, and his aging father.

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Elia Kazan

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Elia Kazan, Elia Kazan (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Eddie Anderson
Faye Dunaway ... Gwen
Deborah Kerr ... Florence Anderson
Richard Boone ... Sam Arness
Hume Cronyn ... Arthur Houghton
Michael Higgins ... Michael Anderson
Carol Eve Rossen ... Gloria Anderson (as Carol Rossen)
William Hansen William Hansen ... Dr. Weeks
Harold Gould ... Dr. Leibman
Michael Murphy ... Father Draddy
John Randolph Jones ... Charles
Anne Hegira Anne Hegira ... Thomna
Charles Drake ... Finnegan
E.J. André ... Uncle Joe (as E.J. Andre)
Philip Bourneuf Philip Bourneuf ... Judge Morris
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Storyline

Eddie is a very rich man who has everything he wants; money, family, success, but a car crash causes him to reevaluate the life he leads. Searching for the happiness he lost, he remembers his one-time lover, Gwen, even as his wife conspires to take his fortune... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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It's the new life-style. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Arrangement See more »

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Gross USA:

$8,720,000
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Athena Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography, Elia Kazan says he wanted Marlon Brando to play the protagonist of his film, Eddie Anderson. Brando initially agreed to play the role, but backed out after the assassination of Martin Luther King, saying he could not go on with the film in light of such terrible events. While Kazan, a political person himself, took Brando's exit graciously, he wondered whether Brando's excuse was just a con and that he didn't really want to play the role. Kazan says that Brando's interest in playing the role, during their discussions, never got beyond his desire that the studio use a particular Italian wigmaker for his hairpieces. On his part, Kazan had urged Brando to lose weight so that the character would be "lean and hungry." See more »

Goofs

When Florence finds the pictures in Eddie's desk, she picks them up and starts walking towards Eddie. The prints appear to be about 4 x 6". However, when she goes to tear them up in front of him, the prints become much larger - almost twice the size. See more »

Quotes

Gwen: The screwing I'm getting is not worth the screwing I'm getting.
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Gadj goes nutzoid
19 March 1999 | by matt-201See all my reviews

Elia Kazan's 1969 midlife-crisis epic is an x-ray of American manhood gone cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Kirk Douglas, icon of tortured machismo, plays Eddie Anderson, son of a tyrannical Greek merchant (Richard Boone) turned Madison Avenue sell-out. He sleeps in childlike separate beds with his wife (Deborah Kerr), who looks and acts more like his mother. He's obsessed with the one woman (Faye Dunaway) who looks at his barbered, Lavoris'd self and sees the Man He Could've Been. The sixties satire of Organization Man is stock, the bombast beats thick and hard, and, as per usual, Kazan can't resist the Big Moments that are thoroughbred Hollywood hokum. But it's impossible to deny that this is as anguishedly personal as any of Kazan's movies--and the machete hacking through the brush that cleared the way for Cassavetes, Scorsese and Ferrara. With its mod, PETULIA-style sets, balletic editing and penchant for stylized tricks, it's also the most goofily cinematic of Kazan's pictures--a Sam Fuller whirligig turned into a slick, upscale thirty-second spot.


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