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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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Complete credited cast:
... Sweeney
... Georgina
... Moriarty
... Burton
... Julia
... Prince
... Broom
... Kopek
Moya Fenwick ... Mrs. Chorley
Anne Marie Sten ... Big Red (as Anne-Marie Sten)
... Lawyer (as Robert Silverman)
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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Good Idea!  »

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CAD 1,200,000 (estimated)
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Mrs. Chorley: Is that Hortense?
Sweeney: She looks perfectly relaxed to me.
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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 »

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As bad as a comedy can get
5 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the UNFUNNIEST comedies I've ever seen. Not only is the humor extremely lame and unenergetic, there aren't that many attempts at humor! The only thing to be said in its favor is that it isn't one of those bad, sex-perverted Canadian films that Canada now makes.

The sequel, "Find The Lady", is just as unfunny, though done with somewhat more energy.


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