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Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)

R | | Comedy | 12 August 1970 (USA)
Mike Vecchio and Susan Henderson are preparing for their upcoming wedding. However, they seem to be the only two people at the wedding that are happy. Mike's brother Richie and his wife ... See full summary »

Director:

Cy Howard

Writers:

Joseph Bologna (play), Renée Taylor (play) (as Renee Taylor) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bea Arthur ... Bea Vecchio (as Beatrice Arthur)
Bonnie Bedelia ... Susan Henderson
Michael Brandon ... Mike Vecchio
Richard S. Castellano ... Frank Vecchio (as Richard Castellano)
Bob Dishy ... Jerry (as Robert Dishy)
Harry Guardino ... Johnny
Marian Hailey Marian Hailey ... Brenda
Joseph Hindy ... Ritchie Vecchio
Anne Jackson ... Kathy
Diane Keaton ... Joan Vecchio
Cloris Leachman ... Bernice Henderson
Anne Meara ... Wilma
Gig Young ... Hal Henderson
Anthony Holland ... Donaldson
Bob Kaliban Bob Kaliban ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

Mike Vecchio and Susan Henderson are preparing for their upcoming wedding. However, they seem to be the only two people at the wedding that are happy. Mike's brother Richie and his wife Joan are going through a divorce, which is upsetting his overly devout Catholic mother Beatrice. Also, Susan's father is carrying on an affair and her sex starved older sister Wilma is going through her troubles with her husband Johnny. All this is going on while Mike's best friend Jerry is trying to bed the maid of honor, Susan's cousin Brenda. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amantes y otros extraños See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sylvester Stallone was an extra in this film. He briefly appears as a groomsman in the wedding scene. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, when Gig Young and Cloris Leachman are sitting on the couch with a mirror behind them, you can see a reflection of a crew member in the mirror as he tries to move out of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Frank Vecchio: So, what's the story Ritchie?
Richie Vecchio: We're just not compatible.
Frank Vecchio: You hear that Beatrice, they're not compatible.
Bea: I heard, but I'm not listening, Frank.
Frank Vecchio: They're married for six years, all of a sudden they're looking to be compatible.
Bea: It's a phase they're going through.
Frank Vecchio: You stupid kids today, they don't know what to do with themselves, they get a divorce, for kicks.
Bea: That's what it is, Frank, kicks.
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Soundtracks

For All We Know
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Robb Royer (as Robb Wilson) and Jimmy Griffin (as Arthur James)
Performed by Larry Meredith
Courtesy of A&M Records
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You don't have to be Italian-American......
25 June 2014 | by mangelenoSee all my reviews

This was the first "R" rated film that we ever took my mother to see. The whole family saw it at the Dyker Theater in Brooklyn, and we just about fell out of the balcony from laughing so hard! Nobody does the culture clash between Italian-Americans and the rest of the US of A better than Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor.

Although some of the humor is a bit dated, most of the gags hold up very well. The interplay between all of the various Vecchio family members is timeless. The whole rap about "they're STILL together" is classic!

While Gig Young is spot on as the philandering father of the bride, the best repartee is by and between Bea Arthur and Richard S Castellano. Joseph Hindy is a stalwart foil for Castellano. Bob Dishy, Ann Meara and Harry Guardino have memorable character turns to flesh out a top-shelf ensemble.

The characterization of a working-class Italian-American family is perfect. When Mama Vecchio uses "Have some more soup, Frank" as the double -edged sword of nourishing her family while attempting to steer away from conflict, I could almost hear my Nonna (grandmother). She used soup to solve all the world's problems one bowl ata a time, too! My Mom still thinks that this is one of the funniest pictures she ever saw. I concur.


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