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Once Is Not Enough (1975)

A young woman goes home to New York after a long stay in Europe. Her former schoolmate introduces her to the decadence of New York and she ultimately falls in love with an older man who's a stand-in for her father, before tragedy strikes.

Director:

Guy Green
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Mike Wayne
Alexis Smith ... Deidre Milford Granger
David Janssen ... Tom Colt
George Hamilton ... David Milford
Melina Mercouri ... Karla
Gary Conway ... Hugh
Brenda Vaccaro ... Linda
Deborah Raffin ... January
Lillian Randolph ... Mabel
Renata Vanni ... Maria
Mark Roberts ... Rheingold
John Roper ... Franco
Leonard Sachs ... Dr. Peterson
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Scotty
Ann Marie Moelders Ann Marie Moelders ... Girl at El Morocco
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Storyline

January Wayne, the sheltered, much-loved daughter of a formerly successful Hollywood producer, goes home to New York after a lengthy stint in a Swiss hospital. Mike Wayne has fallen on hard times and decides to marry for money. January is an innocent young woman who searches for her place in the world. Pursued by her rich new stepmother's playboy of a cousin, she instead falls hard for a much older man, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who's a surrogate for her father, before tragedy strikes.

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Taglines:

Jacqueline Susann's bold best seller that explored the avenues and darkest alleys of love among the international set. "Once Is Not Enough". See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

"How old are you?" - David Janssen says this line to two different female co-stars in two different movies 14 years apart. In Once Is Not Enough (1975) his character Tom Colt is talking to January Wayne. The other movie is Ring of Fire (1961), and his character Sergeant Walsh is talking to Bobbie, a troubled teenager. Neither gives him a straight answer. See more »

Quotes

Tom Colt: [talking about January's feelings for her father] I've always had a hunch I was just a replacement.
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Connections

Referenced in Isn't She Great (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Is Not Enough
Lyrics by Larry Kusik
Music by Henry Mancini
Sung by The Mancini Singers
courtesy of RCA Records
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I miss this terrific film
30 July 2004 | by theehtSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this in a while, and miss this rarely seen pic, which deserves a cult following. Deborah Raffin is outstanding as a gorgeous young girl with strange feelings for her Dad. She gets involved with an unhappy alcoholic writer, played by David Janssen. Brenda Vaccaro is outstanding as her beautiful but embittered friend who is desperate for a man. And Melinda Mercouri is memorable as a lovely lesbian. They knew they were making a piece of trash here, and it is well worth your time. Good job. I esp. like those corny singers at the end of the film which seem to have stepped out of a 1960s movie!Deborah is good and she is fortunate to have such a great ensemble cast to support her. Enjoy!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,700,729

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,700,729
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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