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Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975)

Sheila Levine is a Jewish-American princess and a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. An innovative, bright, but painfully introverted individual, she comes to New York City with her mother... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Gail Parent (novel), Kenny Solms
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeannie Berlin ... Sheila Levine
Roy Scheider ... Sam Stoneman
Rebecca Dianna Smith ... Kate
Janet Brandt Janet Brandt ... Bernice
Sid Melton ... Manny
Charles Woolf Charles Woolf ... Wally
Leda Rogers Leda Rogers ... Agatha
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Uncle Herm
Allen Secher Allen Secher ... Rabbi
Lynne Pope Lynne Pope ... Rochelle
Jon Miller Jon Miller ... Norman
Noble Willingham ... Principal
Richard Rasof Richard Rasof ... Attendant
Evelyn Russell ... Miss Burke
Don Carrara Don Carrara ... Harold
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Storyline

Sheila Levine is a Jewish-American princess and a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. An innovative, bright, but painfully introverted individual, she comes to New York City with her mother and father to take an apartment with a nightclub-hopping roommate. Persuaded to go to a nightclub one night, she meets a doctor named Sam Stoneman who is on the hunt for a one-night stand. Sheila develops an intense attraction towards Sam who seemingly is attracted to Sheila's desperately flirtatious roommate. She returns to Harrisburg for a time and comes back to win the heart of Sam only to discover that he has been conned into an engagement with her ex-roommate. Meanwhile, stalwart Sheila quickly climbs the ladder at her job as a "office-singer/typist" for a record company. Written by thustlebird

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Sheila Levine is every single girl who has had to attend her younger sister's wedding.

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Cautiva de un amor See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roy Scheider was an eleventh hour replacement for another actor. Directly after the completion of the shooting, he traveled to Martha's Vineyard to film Jaws (1975). See more »

Quotes

Sam Stoneman: [repeated line, to Sheila] How are you, Harrisburg?
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Alternate Versions

For its very rare early 80's broadcast showings, 13 minutes were added onto the film's running time, boosting it to almost 127 minutes. Added are more scenes involving Sheila's "typing/singing" job. See more »

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Referenced in The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) See more »

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Sloppily-made, but ingratiating little film
16 March 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Adaptation of Gail Parent's celebrated novel about a quirky young woman who heads to New York City in search of a husband, but "finds herself instead" (as they say). Despite soupy production, bad editing and godawful music, Jeannie Berlin manages to shine as Sheila (she's utterly unpredictable and unconventional as a leading lady); Roy Scheider is also terrific in support as an eligible doctor (his spin-the-bottle monologue near the end is gorgeously done). Dated to be certain, but I got many laughs from sad-sack Sheila's predicaments. It's an offbeat, be-true-to-yourself serious-comedy, though hurt overall by a lack of restraint and a jerky narrative. **1/2 from ****


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