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Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)

When an upwardly mobile couple find themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writers:

David Giler (screenplay), Jerry Belson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Stars: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Dick Harper
Jane Fonda ... Jane Harper
Ed McMahon ... Charlie Blanchard
Dick Gautier ... Dr. Will
Allan Miller ... Loan Company Manager
Hank Garcia Hank Garcia ... Raoul Esteban
John Dehner ... Jane's Father
Walter Brooke ... Mr. Weeks
Sean Frye ... Billy
Mary Jackson ... Jane's Mother
James Jeter James Jeter ... Immigration Officer
Maxine Stuart ... Charles' Secretary
Fred Willard ... Bob
Selma Archerd Selma Archerd ... Beverly Hills Matron
John Brandon John Brandon ... Pete Winston
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Storyline

Manager Dick Harper and his attractive young wife Jane are used to a comfortable lifestyle. They just build a swimming-pool when Dick is fired very unexpectedly - leaving him with $70,000 debt on the house. They try to hide this from the neighbors and just cut down their expenses, but soon it's obvious: living from unemployment bonus drives them crazy, it's uncertain if they can keep the house. Dick doesn't see another way out than robbing drug stores - but this takes more skill than expected! Only as a team Dick and Jane can succeed. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Bonnie and Clyde they ain't. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1977 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

No robarás a menos que sea necesario See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,000,000, 31 December 1977
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The model rocket seen in Charlie's office (on the table and on a shelf behind his desk) is a semi-scale model of a real rocket. It's a Nike-X (specifically a Nike Zeus B (XLIM-49A)), an Army rocket. The model (identified by the decal markings) was probably made from a model rocket kit produced by Estes in the '70s and '80s (starting in '75) which could actually fly. The launch pad which it is displayed on (on the shelf) is an Estes PortaPad. See more »

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Quotes

Telephone customer: [Dick and Jane are robbing the phone company as the customers cheer] Someone's robbing the phone company. Bless you.
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Opening and closing credits listed in the form of pages of a children's book. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two additional scenes were added to the broadcast television premiere on ABC. One that stands out is a scene with Jane (Fonda) getting a job behind a cosmetics counter and having to confront a very difficult obese older female customer. This was a very funny scene that seems to now be lost forever and Is NOT going to be included in the new DVD release. See more »

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References Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Ahead of the Game (Title Song)
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Anti-heroes in suburbia
6 January 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

It's a sign of the times (i.e., the 1970s) when Dick and Jane rob the telephone company at gunpoint and all the customers applaud. It's distinctly un-PC now, but very funny back then. As usual, it's a "Jane Fonda movie" that thinly conceals a social message underneath its comic scenario, but I didn't feel it got too preachy until near the finish-line. George Segal works very easily with Fonda, and there are some hugely funny scenes after an arduous opening wherein Segal loses his cushy job. The desperation of unemployment is touched upon briefly (for a comic effect), but there are some stabs at social commentary that do not work (as with two bad caveats involving a transsexual and a man with no vocal chords). But for every foul ball there comes along something fresh and groovy, like the sequence where Fonda acts her way out of neighborhood humiliation once the gardeners start rolling up her lawn, or when the gentleman from Food Stamps shows up at an inappropriate moment (a ritzy family dinner) confessing he just had a Big Mac and a Coke. **1/2 from ****


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