6.0/10
240
20 user 9 critic

Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)

A family reacts to the return of the patriarch who abandoned them seven years prior.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (play), Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Limbo (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Deals with the problems facing a group of women married to men who are missing in Vietnam action.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Kate Jackson, Katherine Justice, Stuart Margolin
Certificate: M Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A mentally disturbed man stalks a woman who had once aborted the child he had fathered.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Carol White, Paul Burke, Mala Powers
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Soviet KGB General Marenkov defects to the Americans and together with his CIA handler Harry Wargrave they plan an operation meant to reveal the KGB agents in Europe.

Directors: Mark Robson, Monte Hellman
Stars: Lee Marvin, Robert Shaw, Linda Evans
Between Time and Timbuktu (TV Movie 1972)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A poet-astronaut is shot through an area of space called the Chronosynclastic Infundibulum. He is duplicated into infinite copies of himself, each of whom finds himself in a bizarre ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Barzyk
Stars: 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow, Dortha Duckworth, William Hickey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Steve Howard, a British sales executive living in Middlesex, England, begins an affair with a young hitchhiker, Ella Patterson, to emotionally get away from his marriage to his wife Frances... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hall
Stars: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Judy Geeson
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After he gets blinded by a German sniper's bullet in 1943, Sergeant Larry Nevins begins the long and painful road to recovery.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Peggy Dow, Julie Adams
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman puts an advertisement in the newspaper and receives an answer from someone called Hans-Erik. They begin to correspond and even set up a date for marriage. The woman waits for Hans-Erik to arrive.

Directors: Peeter Simm, Toomas Tahvel, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Elle Kull, Lembit Ulfsak, Külliki Tool
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: J.J. Harting
Stars: Nanny Vonnegut, Mark Vonnegut, Steve Adams
Mother Night (1996)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

Director: Keith Gordon
Stars: Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Anthony J. Robinow
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

A rich, beautiful couple give birth to deformed alien twins who, when their heads are together, are the smartest kids on the planet.

Director: Steven Paul
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A portrait of a fictional town in the midwest that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealership owner that's on the brink ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte, Albert Finney
Phffft (1954)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

While pursing new companions, a former married couple keep running into one another all over town.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Jack Carson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Rod Steiger ... Harold Ryan
Susannah York ... Penelope Ryan
George Grizzard ... Dr. Norbert Woodley
Don Murray ... Herb Shuttle
William Hickey ... Looseleaf Harper
Steven Paul ... Paul Ryan
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Wanda June
Pamela Saunders Pamela Saunders ... Mildred Ryan
Louis Turenne Louis Turenne ... Major von Koningswald
C.C. Whitney C.C. Whitney ... Mrs. Kestenbaum
Lester Goldsmith Lester Goldsmith ... Mr. Kestenbaum (as Lester M. Goldsmith)
Edit

Storyline

A family reacts to the return of the patriarch who abandoned them seven years prior.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s Happy Birthday, Wanda June See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Happy Birthday, Wanda June" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. opened at the Edison Theater on December 22, 1970, ran for 96 performances and closed on March 14, 1971. See more »

Quotes

Penelope Ryan: Doctor Woodley, I would like you to meet Harold, my husband. Harold, I would like you to meet Doctor Woodley, my fiancé. Goodnight dear
[kisses Harold]
Penelope Ryan: goodnight dear
[kisses Dr Woodley]
Penelope Ryan: . Stay or go; talk or sulk; laugh or cry - as you wish. Do whatever seems called for. My mind is gone. Good night.
[she closes and locks door]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 to the Moon (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Men can touch other men and it doesn't mean a thing. Haven't you ever seen football players after they've won the Super Bowl?"
6 August 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. adapted his Broadway play about a big game hunter, missing for eight years in the Amazon jungle, returning home to the States, where his wife has understandably moved on with her life, having become engaged to the peace-preaching doctor who lives in the apartment next door. Either producer Leonard Goldsmith or director Mark Robson made the decision to film the play pretty much as is, using mostly one set for its action, with the actors talking and walking from stage right to stage left (or in circles); as the screenwriter, Vonnegut really didn't give them much of an opportunity to do anything else, though he later badmouthed the film. Tolerance for the performances will have to determine the picture's ultimate success: Susannah York does wonders with the role of Penelope, the wife who has become educated since her days as a car-hop, but Rod Steiger is all wrong for the role of Harold, the explorer filled with macho bravado. Perhaps Steiger overthought the material and the conception of his character--he approaches it like Burton doing Becket, with a 'masculine' voice and eyes ablaze. Young Pamelyn Ferdin giddily upstages the grown-ups as Wanda June, a birthday girl killed by a drunk driver before she got her cake, however Robson is perhaps too pushy with the satire in these Heavenly sequences (we're supposed to feel they're audacious, but instead they have a queasy undermining). Some of the interplay between the characters is indeed very funny, but so much of the movie is overwrought, with lines shouted to the rafters, that one doesn't wait for the film to end as much as implode. *1/2 from ****


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed