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A Touch of Class (1973)

Romantic comedy about a pair of clandestine lovers in a London-Spain tryst.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve Blackburn
... Vickie Allessio
... Walter Menkes
... Patty Menkes
... Wendell Thompson
... Cecil
Mary Barclay ... Martha Thompson
... Night Hotel Manager
Ian Thompson ... Derek
Ève Karpf ... Miss Ramos (as Eve Karpf)
David de Keyser ... Doctor Alvarez (as David De Keyser)
Gaye Brown ... Dora French
Carl Oatley ... Bell Boy
Rebecca De Los Reyes ... Rent-A-Car Clerk
Felipe Solano ... Airline Clerk Malaga
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American Steve Blackburn, in the insurance business, is married with two kids. Vickie Allessio, a self described design "stealer" for a knockoff fashion house, is a recent divorcée with two kids. Steve and Vickie are running into each other more and more in their day to day lives in London before even knowing who the other is, which suits them both fine, as when they do finally officially meet, Steve is up front that he wants to have an affair with her, Steve who has had affairs in the past whenever his wife Gloria, who is from old money, isn't around which is currently the case as she is in the States visiting her parents. Vickie, in turn, is up front that she is amenable to a no-strings affair with him under specific circumstances, namely that it be at least a classy short term affair, meaning no cheap motels, and preferably a weekend away somewhere warm. Able to arrange a business trip to Málaga, Spain, for a week, Steve convinces Vickie to change their agreed weekend to a week and... Written by Huggo

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9 August 1973 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Een slippertje met allure  »

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$18,312,000
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Glenda Jackson was not present at the Academy Awards Ceremony when she won her Best Actress Oscar for A Touch of Class (1973). The film's writer-director-producer Melvin Frank accepted the gong on her behalf. Lost and Found (1979) was the pair's first cinema movie collaboration since Jackson's Oscar win for Best Actress in a Leading Role See more »

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At 7:08, when Vickie gets out of the cab, the position of the window changes. See more »

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Vickie Allessio: Don't cross-examine me in the rain. I'll be there. Wet. But I'll be there.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Seventies (1993) See more »

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Charismatic Star Performances rise above a clichéd script
7 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

A TOUCH OF CLASS was a charming romantic comedy about a married American businessman (George Segal) who lives in London and drifts into an affair with an English fashion designer (Glenda Jackson). Though the script borders on the cliché, Segal and Jackson manage to rise above rather ordinary story thanks to their surprisingly effective on screen chemistry. Jackson actually snagged a second Best Actress Oscar for this film (something that still baffles me to this day)but Segal is just as good as she is. Personally, I think this is one of Segal's best performances...Segal's Steven Blackburn is urbane, sophisticated, witty, and sexy and his attraction to Jackson's Vicki Ellesio is a bit of a puzzle since her character is sort of a bitch, but the film is still worth a rental if you've never seen it.


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