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Mr. Sycamore (1975)

Jason Robards is a man who decides he'd rather be a tree.


Pancho Kohner


Ketti Frings (screenplay), Pancho Kohner (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... John Gwilt
Sandy Dennis ... Jane Gwilt
Jean Simmons ... Estelle Benbow
Robert Easton ... Fred Staines
Mark Miller ... Rev. Fletcher
Brenda Smith Brenda Smith ... Daisy
Richard Bull ... Dr. Ferfield
Ian Wolfe ... Abner / Arnie
David Osterhout David Osterhout ... Officer Kelly
Lou Picetti Lou Picetti ... Humphry
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Higgins
Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor ... Harry
Paul Berini Paul Berini ... Milkman
Eddie Lewis Eddie Lewis ... Milkman
Sydna Scott Sydna Scott ... Clubwoman


An unusual but affectionate story of a man's longing for his ideal of peace and serenity. A postman and part-time poet is inspired by the Greek legend of the two elderly guards at Jupiter's temple who are transformed into beautiful trees. His wife has him committed when he stands in his backyard awaiting the same metamorphosis to take place. With the help of a friendly librarian, he escapes in a milk truck during a violent storm. Written by Anonymous

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tree | storm | peace | legend | escape | See All (16) »


A man's desire to escape...and finds refuge through metamorphosis


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


Jason Robards and Sandy Dennis had co-starred in the original 1962 Broadway production of "A Thousand Clowns." Four of the six players in the show went on to appear in the 1965 film version. Ironically, Sandy Dennis, who won the only Tony for the play, did not appear in the film (Barbara Harris got the part). But Martin Balsam, who had not been in the play, won an Oscar for the role that A. Larry Haines played on Broadway. See more »


Referenced in 10 to Midnight (1983) See more »


Time Goes By
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Maurice Jarre
Sung by Laura Devon
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Thank God, I'm not crazy
24 January 2008 | by ForTommy2LookieSee all my reviews

This film for the longest time made me think I was loosing my mind. I remember watching it on television long long ago as a little child with my mother. Her and I commented on the film all throughout the length of the movie at how wonderful it was.

Years and years later, I brought it up to her, "Hey mom, remember that movie we watched about the old guy who wanted to become a tree so he planted his feet in the backyard?" She had no freegin clue what I was talking about. I insisted we had seen the movie, and told her I even remember where we were sitting in the living room that night. She was clueless. So for a looong time afterwards I really truly thought I had imagined this story in my mind.

Finally, one day a friend and I were talking movies, and I joked with him about how I had created this weird story in my head about this movie about a guy who wants to be a tree, and all nonchalantly he was like, "Oh yeah, Mr. Sycamore... that was a pretty decent flick." WHHATTT?!! There really IS A MOVIE ABOUT THAT!!! And then I come to find out it was Jason Robarts who actually played the part.

I know, this wasn't even a movie review at all, and I have no idea where to find the movie now to watch it again and give it an honest vote out of 10. So I'll leave my story at that. :)

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12 December 1975 (USA) See more »

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