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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975)

PG | | Comedy | September 1976 (USA)
Sweeney, a divorced man, is willing to do anything, even kidnapping, to win back his wife. He stands a fair chance as the ex-mates continue to sleep together, despite the fact that she's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Newley ... Sweeney
Stefanie Powers ... Georgina
Isaac Hayes ... Moriarty
Lloyd Bochner ... Burton
Yvonne De Carlo ... Julia
Henry Ramer ... Prince
Lawrence Dane ... Broom
John Candy ... Kopek
Moya Fenwick Moya Fenwick ... Mrs. Chorley
Anne Marie Sten Anne Marie Sten ... Big Red (as Anne-Marie Sten)
Robert A. Silverman ... Lawyer (as Robert Silverman)
Roy Wordsworth Roy Wordsworth ... Albert
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Sweeney, a divorced man, is willing to do anything, even kidnapping, to win back his wife. He stands a fair chance as the ex-mates continue to sleep together, despite the fact that she's remarried. How far will he go to conquer his beloved once again? It's up to a team of New York cops to try and make sense of the crime.

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Comedy

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Idea! See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Mrs. Chorley: As I used to say to my late husband...
[she is poked with a stick]
Mrs. Chorley: don't poke that thing at me!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown in a zany animation sequence. Towards the end, the voice of star Anthony Newley comments on the names being introduced in these credits. He calls the producer "a funny fella" and mispronounces a slew of other names. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some video versions strategically crop the sequences featuring Anthony Newley's buttocks. All the dialogue, however, remains intact. See more »

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This is one of the most uniquely funny Canadian comedies I've ever seen
29 September 2007 | by bkboilerSee all my reviews

This film takes place in the mid 70's in Montreal. Anthony Newley plays a poor English avant-garde artist who struggles with an ex-wife's remarriage to a big, fat building contractor. He happens to be very anti-establishment, despite (like most artists) peddling wares to the rich bourgeoisie more often than not. He upsets a political patronage supper (that his wife the social climber is also at) by inviting a bunch of freak show carnival people to crash it (similar to what Karl Rove did in the early 70's). Isaac Hayes the black American singer plays Newley's roommate, as an avant-garde sculptor who among other things, uses a welding torch in the creation process. The two of them (much to Hayes' chagrin) are the instigators of all the havoc in this film. In short, it is a movie about an underdog fighting for his true love, by attacking the horde that has consumed her in its path of consummation. P.S. if you want to see a really bad movie from the 70's, may I recommend "The World is Full of Married Men" an English comedy from 1979 by Jackie Collins.


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