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Bobby Deerfield (1977)

Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Alvin Sargent (screenplay), Erich Maria Remarque (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Bobby
Marthe Keller ... Lillian
Anny Duperey ... Lydia
Walter McGinn Walter McGinn ... The Brother
Van Doude ... The Flutist
Gérard Hernandez Gérard Hernandez ... Carlos Del Montanaro
Stephan Meldegg Stephan Meldegg ... Karl Holtzmann
Norm Nielsen Norm Nielsen ... The Magician (as Norm Nielson)
Romolo Valli ... Uncle Luigi
Jaime Sánchez ... Delvecchio (as Jaime Sanchez)
Mickey Knox ... Tourist
Dorothy James Dorothy James ... Tourist
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Priest In The Garden
Monique Lejeune Monique Lejeune ... Catherine Modave
Steve Gadler Steve Gadler ... Bertrand Modave
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Storyline

Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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He had to meet her - to find himself! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 November 1977 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Momento, Uma Vida See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,300,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (DVD version)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Twenty-five minutes of the film were cut for the network TV showings; premium movie channels (such as Cinemax) show the complete 124 minute version. According to Hal Erickson at Allmovie, the film was "originally released at 124 minutes, Bobby Deerfield (1977) was pared down to 99 minutes by director [Sydney] Pollack for cable-TV consumption". See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Bobby Deerfield: She sailed at the dawning...
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Alternate Versions

25 minutes of the film were cut for the network TV showings; premium movie channels (such as Cinemax) show the complete 124 min version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in El rediezcubrimiento de México (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Sails In The Sunset
Music by Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams)
Words by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung by Al Pacino
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A bit deep, but very good.
6 August 2002 | by gordywrightSee all my reviews

I must admit, I had heard of this film, but never got round to seeing it.

When I did, i just caught the start of it in time, flicking through channels for something to watch.

I was glad I did, as this was a really good film, not the usual hour and a half of rootin' tootin' and shootin' that Hollywood likes to push out from time to time, but a really good film, where the actors were the stars and not the special effects.

Pacino, as always was excellent, I like his sullen and silent roles, and there are few who carry this off better, I also like him when he talks, but in this film there were shades of Michael Corleone, not the menace, but the deepness.

Marthe Keller, the female lead, was ideal to counterpoint Pacino, he was dark, deep and thoughtful, and she was, witty, bright and a little bit off beat.

As for the storyline, a love story would almost cover it, but not quite.

The Motor racing angle is a hook, with a very small cameo from Bernie Ecclestone, Formula Ones supremo, it adds to the film but doesn't overtake it ( please pardon the pun!) but if you want a film with lots of race cars and aggression watch James Garner in Grand Prix instead.

This is well worth seeing, and I would recommend that you do.


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