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The Other Side of Midnight (1977)

A Greek tycoon's mistress tries to track down and find her ex-World War II lover.


Charles Jarrott


Sidney Sheldon (based upon the novel by), Herman Raucher (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie-France Pisier ... Noelle
John Beck ... Larry / husband
Susan Sarandon ... Catherine / wife
Raf Vallone ... Constantin / Noelle's lover
Clu Gulager ... Fraser
Christian Marquand ... Armand Gautier
Michael Lerner ... Barbet
Sorrell Booke ... Lanchon
Antony Ponzini ... Paul Metaxas
Louis Zorich ... Demonides
Charles Cioffi ... Chotas
Lilyan Chauvin ... Mrs. Page
George Keymas ... Dr. K
Lidia Kristen ... Housekeeper
Denise DeMirjian Denise DeMirjian ... Nun


During WWII, beautiful Noelle meets dashing American pilot Larry in France and falls in love. She expects him to marry her, but instead he abandons her and meets successful Catherine in the United States and they marry. But Noelle hasn't forgotten him even as she's become a successful actress. She maneuvers to have Larry hired as the private pilot of her wealthy and powerful lover Constantin so she can seek revenge on him, but instead they rekindle their passion. Desperate to be together, they make deadly plans. But soon the lovers face a terrible fate determined by the jealous Constantin using Catherine as his pawn. Written by Anonymous

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The Romance Of Passion And Power


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Because of the phenomenal success of the book on which this film was based, 20th Century-Fox was sure the film was going to be a huge hit at the box office. At the same time there were such low expectations surrounding Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) that many theaters refused to book it. So Fox came up with the idea of a package deal, telling theater chains that if they wanted this movie they had to book "Star Wars" first. This movie went on to become a box-office dud while "Star Wars" went on to become one of the most successful films of all time. See more »


When Noelle insists that Larry fly her to Switzerland in Deneris's private plane in the middle of a snowstorm, the plane lands at night on a 1970's airport runway. Seen through the plane's windshield, the runway has pathfinder landing lights along its edges and strips of florescent landing lights down its center. (A 1947 airfield would have used large searchlights as landing lights.) See more »


Larry Douglas: [dancing together] Are my medals cutting into your boobs?
Catherine Alexander Douglas: Shakespeare or Marlowe?
Larry Douglas: Cathy, you have to know how I feel about you, especially when we dance so goddamn close.
Catherine Alexander Douglas: Actually, maybe we should just sit down.
Larry Douglas: [sitting down] I don't know why you're so annoyed. That's one of the nicest compliments a man could pay a woman.
Catherine Alexander Douglas: Strange, but I feel you're the only man that can come up with it any time day or night.
Larry Douglas: Only with you.
Catherine Alexander Douglas: Oh yeah. What are you packin' there, a Louisville Slugger?
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Spoofed in The Other Side of Julie (1978) See more »


Larry And Noelle
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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early mini-series fodder
26 July 2006 | by retailmail-1See all my reviews

If this were to have been done twenty years later with a modern sensibility, gullible stars, a more lethal editor, and a spot more atmosphere, it could well have ended up as a hit. The budget was obviously good, and the photography is mostly excellent despite its too-frequent descent into seventies syrup. The lighting (and look) tends to be pretty uniform - for example, Wartime Paris was apparently a beautifully colorful time, and the mood gay and sumptuous, but then so is everything else, right down to the fitted carpet. The debt owed to the black and white classics is apparent, but there is something very unconvincing about using the old styles of movie-making with full-on glossy, TV color. A shame they didn't go all the way, and let the hammers fly -for heavens' sake give me some deep shadow when the lights are on. All in all, the zoom lens is over-active, the script underwhelming, and the score dreary. The performances, however, are lively and committed and the styling and costumes sometimes inspired. "Entraptured" as I was, I couldn't help feeling I was watching a Judith Krantz novel....oh, that's right - it's Sidney Sheldon! Compelling nonetheless...

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8 June 1977 (USA) See more »

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