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Interiors (1978)

PG | | Drama | 2 August 1978 (USA)
Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents' sudden, unexpected divorce.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kristin Griffith ... Flyn
Mary Beth Hurt ... Joey
Richard Jordan ... Frederick
Diane Keaton ... Renata
E.G. Marshall ... Arthur
Geraldine Page ... Eve
Maureen Stapleton ... Pearl
Sam Waterston ... Mike
Missy Hope Missy Hope ... Young Joey
Kerry Duffy Kerry Duffy ... Young Renata
Nancy Collins Nancy Collins ... Young Flyn
Penny Gaston Penny Gaston ... Young Eve
Roger Morden Roger Morden ... Young Arthur
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Judge Bartel
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Storyline

The story of a very dysfunctional family and what happens when the parents divorce. Eve (Geraldine Page) and Arthur (EG Marshall) are a 60-something couple, recently separated. They have three adult daughters - Renata (Diane Keaton), Joey (Mary Beth Hurt) and Flyn (Kristin Griffith). Renata is a poet and is married to Frederick (Richard Jordan). Joey is (reluctantly) in advertising and is married to Mike (Sam Waterston). Joey is a film and TV actress. Eve is an incredibly negative woman and this has had a toxic effect on her children. This results in stifling, unsupportive relationships and joyless lives. Written by grantss

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anhedonia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,432,466, 31 December 1978
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

When Renata stands up on the beach, she is wearing black pants, not khaki as in the scene. See more »

Quotes

Mike: I love you, Joey.
Joey: Why do you stick with me? I give you nothing but grief!
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Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
(1932)
Written by Fats Waller (uncredited) & Andy Razaf (uncredited)
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
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One of Woody Allen's most underrated films
9 March 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Interiors is one of the most divisive films of one of the most love-it-hate-it directors. For me Interiors is not one of Allen's best films(Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanours, Manhatten, Hannah and Her Sisters, Husbands and Wives) with some dialogue monologues that ramble on a bit too much, but when it comes to his most underrated films Interiors is very high on the list. It is very easy to see why people wouldn't like it with how bleak it is and how it's different from much of what Allen has done, but those are hardly reasons to dismiss Interiors because apart from the occasional rambling it is a great film. It is very stylishly shot with good use of locations, probably Allen's second most visually striking 70s film after Manhattan. Like Annie Hall, there's no music score and that's not a bad thing at all, Interiors is a very intimate and intricate film and having no music added to that quality. Much of the dialogue is full of insight and pathos, to me it did have dramatic weight and it is one of Allen's most honest films along with Husbands and Wives. The screenplay is not "funny" as such and is not as quotable as Annie Hall, but it wasn't ever meant to be. The story is paced deliberately but how Interiors was written and performed ensures that it isn't dull, it was very moving(personally it didn't topple into melodrama) and layered storytelling- didn't notice any convolutions- deftly handled. Allen directs assuredly in one of his more restrained directing jobs. The characters are neurotic and not the most likable, but are written and performed with such compelling realism that in the end there is some sympathy felt for them. The cast was a talented one in the first place, and none of them disappoint. Especially good are Geraldine Page, in one of her best performances, in very frightening and heart-breakingly tormented form and Mary Beth Hurt, the centrepiece of the story and is very affecting. Maureen Stapleton is a breath of fresh air as the most lively character- an anti thesis to the rest of the characters but not an out of place one- and E.G. Marshall brings a great deal of quiet dignity. Diane Keaton when it comes to Woody Allen films is better in Annie Hall and Manhattan but plays a purposefully shrill character with gusto. Richard Jordan and Sam Waterson are fine. Kristin Griffith is good too but her part seemed underwritten. All in all, won't be for everybody but a great film from personal perspective and one of Woody Allen's most underrated. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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