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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 »

Director:

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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Quotes

Man in parking lot: Hey, what's the big idea? This was my parking spot!
Sweeney: I am sorry indeed, dear brother. We have a badly abused copy of "Lady Chatterly's Lover" that is in desperate need of an ink transfusion. I'm sure you'll understand.
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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 »

Connections

Followed by Find the Lady (1976) See more »

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How did this seem like a good idea at any time?
5 August 1999 | by Tito-8See all my reviews

This pathetic comedy has precious few redeeming qualities, and is more proof of how Canada was all too willing to help make a barrage of horrible films in the 1970's and early eighties. There are several recognizable faces in the movie, but none of them shine with such a dumb script. Isaac Hayes, Stefanie Powers, John Candy, and Anthony Newley (who I will never forgive for Hieronymus Merkin) all fail to breathe life into this moronic film. Worse yet, this film spawned an equally bad sequel. Avoid both at all costs.


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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:

CAD1,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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