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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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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:

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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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Followed by Find the Lady (1976) See more »

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even "bad" can be amusing
25 February 2000 | by sbw55See all my reviews

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time is not supposed to be a classic. it's just goofy fun. 80-90% of the movies made annually are just candy.

when a movie is this "bad"...it's interesting to just look at other aspects of it. the direction...writing...what possibly passed as humor at that time. i think its amusing to just "watch" people act. see the wheels turning in their eyes as their minds bring out the next line of dialog.

don't be hard on movies like "Good Idea". they are not supposed to stand the test of time. it's just candy.


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