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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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We're not in love. We just make love. And damn little of that! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Franco: Lady, I'm a bum. A hustler from L.A. down on his luck. One long run of rotten luck. I've been like a goddamn service station to all kinds of broads from all over the world. Gas 'em up, grease their parts, charge their batteries, "Hello, goodbye, that's service with a smile... Who's next?"
Franco: Jesus, lady, I'm 34, my hair's falling out, and you were my long shot. For a while there we had somethin' nice going. Somethin'... Sorry, lady, but I can't afford to waste it. Lady, I used to be a pistol. Bang...
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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Whistle While You Swing
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
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An underrated movie
4 May 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

I have not seen this movie in awhile so I do not know if it has aged well, but I remember it being very dramatic and very well acted by a large cast. Richard Brooks movies are always full of great actors & this is no exception. First is Jean Simmons, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance. The supporting cast includes John Forsythe, Nanette Fabray and Shirley Jones. The soundtrack has a song by Barbara Streisand called "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life"? which is so great that you can't believe you don't hear it more often.


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