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Chapter Two (1979)

George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off, and just when things are moving along, the memory... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Moore

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... George Schneider
Marsha Mason ... Jennie MacLaine
Joseph Bologna ... Leo Schneider
Valerie Harper ... Faye Medwick
Alan Fudge ... Lee Michaels
Judy Farrell Judy Farrell ... Gwen Michaels
Debra Mooney ... Marilyn
Isabel Cooley ... Customs Officer
Imogene Bliss Imogene Bliss ... Elderly Lady in Bookstore
Barry Michlin Barry Michlin ... Maitre d'
Ray Young ... Gary
Greg Zadikov Greg Zadikov ... Waiter
Paul Singh Paul Singh ... Waiter (as Dr. Paul Singh)
Sumant Sumant ... Waiter
Cheryl Bianchi Cheryl Bianchi ... Electric Girl
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Storyline

George Schneider is an author whose wife had just died. His brother Leo gives him the number of Jennie Malone, and somehow they hit it off, and just when things are moving along, the memory of his first wife comes between them. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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It's not supposed to happen twice in your life, but it can. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1980 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's Chapter Two See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Rastar Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Herbert Ross made his stage directorial debut with "Chapter Two". Ross also directed five Simon-written films: Max Dugan Returns (1983), California Suite (1978), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975), and I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982). See more »

Quotes

Jennie MacLaine: I am wonderful, I'm nuts about me, and if you're stupid enough to throw someone sensational like me aside, you don't deserve as good as you've got.
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Referenced in Thief: Stolen Dreams with James Caan (2015) See more »

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I'm On Your Side
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Marilyn McCoo
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The best of Marsha Mason and the worst of Neil Simon
3 August 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

This agonizing comedy-drama got surprisingly sterling reviews upon its release in 1979. I remember opening the movie-section of the L.A. Times and looking at a 2-page advertisement for "Chapter Two" filled with glowing captions like: "Better than 'The Goodbye Girl'!" and "Neil Simon does it again!" What does Neil Simon do? He takes an autobiographical situation (remarrying too soon after the death of a beloved spouse) and makes it rusty, unpleasant and--worst of all--unfunny. James Caan plays Neil--er..that is, George--a writer who can't seem to get back into life after losing his wife; enter spirited Marsha Mason (real-life Mrs. Simon...soon to be ex-Mrs. Simon) who attempts to love George despite his moods and general melancholy. Mason is very appealing here and might've saved the day were it not for Caan's indifference (not to mention a sub-plot concerning painfully-thin, blonde Valerie Harper which brings the proceedings to a screeching halt). I liked Mason's outburst at the end ("I am wonderful! I am NUTS about me!"), but I saw no happy ending for these two people...and time proved me right. ** from ****


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