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The Happy Ending (1969)

R | | Drama | 22 May 1970 (Ireland)
A middle-aged woman walks out on her husband and family in an desperate attempt to find herself.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writer:

Richard Brooks
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Simmons ... Mary Wilson
John Forsythe ... Fred Wilson
Shirley Jones ... Flo Harrigan
Lloyd Bridges ... Sam
Teresa Wright ... Mrs. Spencer
Dick Shawn ... Harry Bricker
Nanette Fabray ... Agnes
Bobby Darin ... Franco (as Robert Darin)
Tina Louise ... Helen Bricker
Kathy Fields Kathy Fields ... Marge Wilson
Karen Steele ... Divorcee
Gail Hensley Gail Hensley ... Betty
Eve Brent ... Ethel
William O'Connell ... Minister (as Wm. O'Connell)
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Handsome Man
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Storyline

The triumphs and failures of middle age as seen through the eyes of runaway American housewife Mary Wilson (Jean Simmons), a woman who believes that ultimate reality exists above and beyond the routine procedures of conscious, uninspired, everyday life. She feels cheated by an older generation that taught her to settle for nothing less than storybook finales, people who are disillusioned and restless and don't know why, people for whom life holds no easy answers. Great supporting cast includes John Forsythe, Teresa Wright, Lloyd Bridges, Shirley Jones, Bobby Darin, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, and Nanette Fabray. Written by alfiehitchie

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Marriage is a 30 billion dollar business! And that's just to get married. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some substance abuse and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1970 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Amar Sem Amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pax Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Teresa Wright was just 11 years older than Jean Simmons, who was playing her daughter. See more »

Goofs

During opening credit sequence, many late model 1960's cars can be seen in flashback scene supposedly set 15 years earlier. See more »

Quotes

Agnes: If sex were the only thing that really mattered, the whole world would be run by rabbits!
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Connections

References Candid Camera (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pause That Refreshes
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
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Watch it for Jean's superior work
30 April 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Jean Simmons makes this compelling viewing. The back-story of the film is that director Richard Brooks, Simmons husband at the time, was concerned and aware of Jean's alcoholism and designed the picture not only as a showcase for her prestigious talent, rewarded with an Oscar nomination, but hopefully a wakeup call for her. It didn't work immediately and eventually helped destroy their marriage but she was able to eventually conquer her demons and live sober until the end of her life. The film itself is a scatter-shot affair what with its frequent flashbacks and fragmented nature but does have a beautiful score and excepting Bobby Darin very good supporting work. Shirley Jones is notable in particular in the smallish role of an old college chum of Jean's. The ending is beautifully done, simple and true.


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