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The One and Only (1978)

1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips, he manages to win fellow student Mary's heart, although she's already otherwise ... See full summary »

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Carl Reiner

Writer:

Steve Gordon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Winkler ... Andy Schmidt
Kim Darby ... Mary Crawford
Gene Saks ... Sidney Seltzer
William Daniels ... Mr. Crawford
Harold Gould ... Hector Moses
Polly Holliday ... Mrs. Crawford
Hervé Villechaize ... Milton Miller
Bill Baldwin ... Announcer in Des Moines
Anthony Battaglia Anthony Battaglia ... Little Andy
Ed Begley Jr. ... Arnold - The King
Peter Brocco ... Autograph Hound
Brandon Cruz ... Sherman
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Agatha Franklen
Charles Frank ... Paul Harris
Chavo Guerrero Sr. ... Indian Joe (as Chavo Guerrero)
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1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips, he manages to win fellow student Mary's heart, although she's already otherwise engaged. But getting a job after college turns out much harder than he expected. Most directors take offense at his free interpretation of his roles. Desperate, he tries in wrestling. To avoid getting beaten up he stages the fights - and incidentally invents show-wrestling. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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She had to marry him. She was too embarrassed to have him as a date.

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das charmante Großmaul See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,928,137
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of a cycle of ring fighter movies, mostly boxing, some wrestling, initiated by the box-office and critical success of the Academy Award Best Picture winning boxing movie Rocky (1976). The films include Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Tough Enough (1983), Title Shot (1979), _Raging Bull_, The Champ (1979), Matilda (1978), The Main Event (1979), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Greatest (1977), Body and Soul (1981), Paradise Alley (1978), ...All the Marbles (1981) (aka "The California Dolls"), The One and Only (1978), Every Which Way but Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980). See more »

Goofs

As Andy travels between matches by train, we often see Amtrak equipment. The movie is set in 1951- Amtrak wasn't established until 20 years later- in 1971. See more »

Quotes

Andy Schmidt: I'm onto some very big things. Josh Logan called me up. Kazan likes me very much. It's all doing to happen in a matter of days.
Milton Miller: My career is in the shithouse, too.
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MY MAMMY
By Walter Donaldson, Sam Lewis and Joe Young
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Charming... if not new
21 November 2011 | by axeldahlSee all my reviews

Caught this on the french cable a few weeks ago and instantly felt "at home" with this films' characters and story. As I gradually found out, there's a reason for this : The One and Only is a straight retake of Fred Coe's A Thousand Clowns (1964), one of my favorite films ! Two of the original actors were even imported : Gene Saks and William Daniels, the latter having been in the original cast of the Herb Gardner play (if I remember correctly).

The global plot and situations are altered but the result is the same : how to (try to) keep youth spirit in a grim and conventional world... and make it alive ! Not as memorable as the original film (or the play) but just as lovely.


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