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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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John Trent
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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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Storyline

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Mrs. Chorley: My late husband always used to say...
[she notices that the curtains are shut]
Mrs. Chorley: just open them a little wider so people can see what's in between.
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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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Great actors, TERRIBLE movie!
23 October 2007 | by d_kittleSee all my reviews

I might have given it a higher rating, if there was any way to figure out what was going on. Stephanie Powers is gorgeous. Yvonne DeCarlo has a great expressive face, that is wonderful to see. A young John Candy has a minor role, which was kind of fun. Some of the outfits and 1970's fashions were really awesome. Unfortunately, the plot is truly incomprehensible. The direction is uneven, at best. The script is deranged - there does not appear to be a real plot at all. I got to the last scene, and still did not know what the point of this movie was. All I can say is, it was a waste of a dollar at Walmart. Not to mention an hour and a half of my time. I cannot believe that a studio paid to have this movie made, let alone releasing it on DVD.


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