Julie Messinger has it made. She is a New York housewife whose husband, Richard, is an editor for a prominent photography magazine. They have a small circle of friends, including well-meaning, but inept Dr. Timothy Spector, photographer Cal Whiting and Cal's live-in girlfriend Miranda. Julie's mother spends her days getting pedicures and manicures, applying make-up and fake eye-lashes and buying expensive clothes, all the while criticizing her daughter for her looks and behavior. When Richard goes into the hospital for a minor mole-removal surgery, Julie gets more than she bargained for. Richard suffers from complications and goes into a coma, supposedly caused by a rare surgical factor, and she gathers friends and family together, culminating in a hilarious "quasi-cocktail-party" scene in the blood donation center of the hospital. While dealing with red tape, hospital bureaucracy and clueless doctors, Julie discovers her husband's "little black book," which contains the names of her ...
The little black book that became a national bestseller.
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According to John Gregory Dunne, eight screenwriters altogether worked on this film's screenplay, although only two were credited, one under a pseudonym. Dunne was himself one of the six others, his wife Joan Didion another. See more
[taking notes for a prospective blood donor
Have you ever had hepatitis?
Have you ever had venereal disease?
Well... how would you classify syphilis?
I'd classify it as a venereal disease.
Oh... you know I think I did have hepatitis.
In the film's opening, three red-colored "legs-crossed icons" (the trademark that Saul Bass created for the film, as seen on the poster) converge on a blank screen to form one whole icon. The title appears and then below the title, it reads "AN OTTO PREMINGER FILM". Cast and crew are credited in the closing, but nowhere else. Preminger was the only one credited in the opening. See more
Referenced in Bass on Titles
Suddenly It's All Tomorrow
Sung by O.C. Smith
Music by Thomas Z. Shepard
Lyrics by Robert Brittan See more