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The Love Machine (1971)

R | | Drama | 27 August 1971 (USA)
An ambitious TV newscaster has an affair with the wife of a network executive to get a promotion.

Director:

Jack Haley Jr.

Writers:

Jacqueline Susann (novel), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) (as Samuel Taylor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Phillip Law ... Robin Stone
Dyan Cannon ... Judith Austin
Robert Ryan ... Gregory 'Greg' Austin
Jackie Cooper ... Danton Miller
David Hemmings ... Jerry Nelson
Jodi Wexler Jodi Wexler ... Amanda
William Roerick William Roerick ... Cliff Dorne
Maureen Arthur ... Ethel Evans
Shecky Greene ... Christie Lane
Clinton Greyn Clinton Greyn ... Alfie Knight
Sharon Farrell ... Maggie Stewart
Alexandra Hay ... Tina St. Claire
Eve Bruce ... Amazon Woman
Greg Mullavey ... Bob Summers
Gene Baylos Gene Baylos ... Eddie Flynn
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Storyline

Robin Stone, an ambitious, sex driven TV news anchor catches the eye of Judith Austin, the wife of network executive Greg Austin. She pressures Greg into promoting him to a higher position and before long, he is running the network while Greg recovers from a massive coronary. Meanwhile, Robin dumps his model girlfriend Amanda and begins an affair with Judith. But Robin soon strays with an assortment of girls. Apart from the sexual liaisons, he's at constant odds with the network. When Greg begins to recover and wants to take back his reign, he gets considerable resistance from Robin. So Greg considers harsher methods to oust Robin from his former position and regain control of the network. Written by alfiehitchie

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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First of two theatrical feature film adaptations of a Jacqueline Susann novel by SuJac Productions. The second and final one would be Once Is Not Enough (1975) which debuted after Jacqueline Susann had passed away. See more »

Quotes

Danton Miller: What does class have to do with television?
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Soundtracks

Amanda's Theme
Music by Artie Butler
Lyrics by Mark Lindsay
Sung by Dionne Warwick
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You got to be in the mood for this one
28 April 2009 | by steven-87See all my reviews

Well, where to start? I stumbled across this one in 1993 and just hit "record" on the VCR out of habit, more than anything else. "Citizen Kane" it sure isn't...but if you've had a bad day and are in the mood for crashing out in front of something not too intellectually stimulating, then I tentatively suggest this might just be your "thing".

We have the lot here - great title track, more stereotypes than you could shake a stick at, unconscious comedy, the bitchiest fight scene of all time and more, more, more! David Hemmings plays the diametric opposite of his role in the 60s classic "Blow Up" - still a photographer, still hormonally stimulated but not "quite" the same.

John Philip Law is easy to slam as an actor who makes a log appear unwooden but that wouldn;t be fair seeing as how he had about 5 minutes notice before accepting the role.

Wexler as "Amanda"? Suffice to say it was her one and ONLY film role! The real star of this movie, though, is Ethel Evans who plays a, shall we say secretary (?), with the morals of an alley cat and an ambition to match. The way she manages to reconcile her present life with that of a future with her comedian husband-to-be is actually quite touching in an earthy, gritty, what-is-to-be-will-be way.

I actually love this movie when I'm in the mood for it.......and wouldn't touch it with the proverbial bargepole when I'm not.

Kudos to the cast for keeping a (relatively) straight face when filming.

A "classic" in the Edward D Wood school of cinematic endeavours!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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