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Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)

Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known as a soon to be spinster if she doesn't marry soon. She isn't looking forward to ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Peter De Vries (novel), Julius J. Epstein (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Matthau ... Pete
Carol Burnett ... Tillie
Geraldine Page ... Gertrude
Barry Nelson ... Burt
Rene Auberjonois ... Jimmy Twitchell (as René Auberjonois)
Lee Montgomery ... Robbie (as Lee H. Montgomery)
Henry Jones ... Mr. Tucker
Kent Smith ... Father Keating
Philip Bourneuf Philip Bourneuf ... Dr. Willet
Whit Bissell ... Minister
Timothy Blake Timothy Blake ... Lucy Lund
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Storyline

Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known as a soon to be spinster if she doesn't marry soon. She isn't looking forward to meeting the latest in a long string of blind dates, his name being Pete Seltzer. Pete and Tillie are not a match made in heaven, he using wisecracking and constant flirtations with women to mask his own insecurities about his average looks and not wanting to deal with life head on. Despite Tillie's guard being up with regard to Pete, he is able slowly to chip away at her defenses. They do embark on a relationship which ends up in a straightforward and somewhat mutual declaration that they will get married despite their fundamental differences. But can their relationship survive these fundamental differences, which don't change during the course of their marriage, and as they deal with the terminal malignant tumor diagnosis of their nine-year old son, Robbie? Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Honeymoon's over... It's time to get married. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1973 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pete i Tillie See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Walter Matthau sings the title song, orchestrated by John Williams and written by Marilyn and Alan Bergman. It was also released as a single on the Decca label. See more »

Goofs

The song Strangers In The Night, first recorded in 1966, is heard on a jukebox in a scene set several years earlier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tillie Shlain: I wasn't looking forward to this party - or meeting Pete Seltzer. But when you've reached my age and your friends are beginning to worry about you, blind dates are a way of life.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #9.17 (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's the Only Game in Town
Music by John Williams (as John T. Williams)
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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One of my favourite film lines
3 February 2006 | by oyvaySee all my reviews

I'll treasure this movie for having given me of the my favourite lines, which I have used continually since first seeing this film... when on their first date... given a choice of beverages from Burnett, Matthau says 'whatever's the most trouble'.... that's pure Groucho... and of course the fight between Page and Burnett. A good woman on woman fight is rare in this type of film and the scene on the lawn with the hose is a gem,

I like to revisit this film every few years and still enjoy it immensely. Yeah, it degenerates to soap...too bad...if it hadn't this one might have been WAY up there in the ratings.


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