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First major film appearance of actress Bo Derek in a main role, having previously had a small part in the movie Orca (1977). She was cast at the suggestion of then-husband John Derek, who had previously been married to both Linda Evans and Ursula Andress. Bo was twenty-two years of age when she appeared in this movie. She had been most well-known at the time for an erotic poster where she was seen at the beach kneeling in the surf, which had sold over half a million copies. When she auditioned for 10 (1979), Blake Edwards recounted, "Her first words, when she came in to read for us, were: 'I'm sorry about wasting your time...' Meanwhile, [co-producer] Tony Adams and I were crossing our fingers and praying: 'Let her be able to act -- please let her be able to act!.'" See more »
When George and Samantha are looking at each other through telescopes, the scopes are seen at angles away from each other, which wouldn't be possible if they are looking directly at each other. See more »
When the credits of the cast begins to scroll up and out of the iris of the telescope's view to George and Samantha's inside penthouse, only the members of the cast are seen and not their characters they played. See more »
"10" isn't really the sort of movie that I feel that I can just straightforward review, as it has its ups and downs. The plot of course has composer George Webber (Dudley Moore) going through his midlife crisis all obsessed with the hot young women, thereby messing up his relationship with girlfriend Samantha (Julie Andrews). I guess that if the movie has any problem, it's the casting of Moore. From everything that I've ever heard, it sounds like he was kind of worthless and undesirable to be around. Granted, in this movie he does a passable job as George, although it's hard to tell whether the movie is romanticizing or ripping at the LA lifestyle.
As for the movie's famous scene - Bo Derek in her swimsuit - I don't know what else to say. She later spoofed that scene in "Tommy Boy", but I don't know what else she's done recently except appear at the Republican National Conventions. And who on the set of "Mary Poppins" would have ever guessed that Julie Andrews would eventually star in this? Among the really funny scenes in my opinion are the wedding (and the events leading thereto), and what happens when George identifies himself as a Brit. In a way, Dudley Moore was expanding on his character from "Foul Play". Still, I think that we're probably doing Blake Edwards a favor if we remember him more for the "Pink Panther" movies. Also starring Dee Wallace (yep, ET's mom!), Brian Dennehy, and that guy at the end was character actor Don Calfa; you're sure to have seen him somewhere.
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