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The War Between Men and Women (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 26 June 1972 (Sweden)
A sarcastic near-sighted cartoonist, averse to commitment, falls for an eye-catching brunette, a single mother of three and the only woman who can stand his strong anti-feminist opinions, and eventually proposes and moves in with her.


Melville Shavelson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Peter Wilson
Barbara Harris ... Terry Kozlenko
Jason Robards ... Stephen Kozlenko
Herb Edelman ... Howard Mann
Lisa Gerritsen ... Linda Kozlenko
Moosie Drier ... David Kozlenko
Severn Darden ... Doctor Harris
Lisa Eilbacher ... Caroline Kozlenko
Lucille Meredith ... Mrs. Schenker
Ruth McDevitt ... Elderly Woman
Joey Faye Joey Faye ... Delivery Boy
Alan DeWitt Alan DeWitt ... Man #1
John Zaremba ... Minister
Richard Gates Richard Gates ... Bernie (as Rick Gates)
Lea Marmer Lea Marmer ... Old Hag


Two quirky Manhattanites crash into each other at an ophthalmologist's office. Peter is a grouchy cartoonist/author whose vision is failing; divorced mother Theresa is also reluctant to plunge into a relationship right now. It's not love at first sight - both have their eyes dilated, plus Peter constantly lampoons women in his work, which bookseller Theresa knows well. Loosely based on James Thurber's drawings "The War Between Men and Women," and his life, the film features animated sequences.

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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


The Doubleday book store window features among its books on display: "How To Make A Jewish Movie." This non-fiction book was written by director Melville Shavelson, and details the making of the film "Cast A Giant Shadow," which he also directed. See more »


Peter Edward Wilson: [aside, to audience, about speaker of overheard comment] Author of "Kiss Me, Kill Me, Buy Me, Love Me", I think that's the title. Or possibly it's "Buy Me, Take Me, Cut Me, Burn Me". I don't know, but at any rate you get the idea. It's a romantic novel.
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Referenced in Lovelace (2013) See more »


You And Me
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Howard Liebling
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Probably Not Worth Watching
3 January 2003 | by zeemanguySee all my reviews

Unless you are trying to see all of Jack Lemmon's films you should probably skip this film. Lemmon plays an almost blind cartoonist who is getting progressively worse. He has a weird relationship with Barbara Harris's character. She was formerly married to Jason Robards. The movie is not funny though it is supposed to be a comedy. It didn't really have any point or redeeming feature. 3 out of 10.

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