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A Perfect Couple (1979)

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A repressed, middle-aged divorced U.S. Greek meets a young singer through a dating service and becomes smitten.

Director:

Robert Altman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dooley ... Alex Theodopoulos
Marta Heflin ... Sheila Shea
Titos Vandis ... Panos Theodopoulos
Belita Moreno ... Eleousa
Henry Gibson ... Fred Bott
Dimitra Arliss ... Athena
Allan F. Nicholls ... Dana 115
Ann Ryerson ... Skye 147 Veterinarian
Poppy Lagos Poppy Lagos ... Melpomeni Bott
Dennis Franz ... Costa
Margery Bond Margery Bond ... Wilma
Mona Golabek Mona Golabek ... Mona
Terry Wills Terry Wills ... Ben
Susan Blakeman Susan Blakeman ... Penelope Bott
Melanie Bishop Melanie Bishop ... Star
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Alex Theodopolous is a mid-40s, divorced Greek-American who has moved back to the spacious estate of his autocratic immigrant father, who is also his boss in the family's successful antique importing business. He meets Shiela Shea through a dating service, but their first date turns into an unmitigated disaster when they are caught in thundershower during an outdoor concert, and Alex's car malfunctions. Twenty-something Sheila is part of traveling rock band which lives a gypsy-like existence in a communal loft under their controlling leader. Can Alex and Shiela overcome cultural, age, and lifestyle differences and find happiness? Written by duke1029

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What do you do when everything between the two of you seems wrong? ...fall in love.


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According to 'DVD Talk', "[Director Robert] Altman purposely kept 'A Perfect Couple' a little ragged [i.e. low-budget and without big names]. He wanted his lead actors to be more like normal people than big movie stars". See more »

Quotes

ER doctor: [to Alex] You've got to stay in bed for a while. Do you want somme pain killers?
Sheila Shea: Yes.
Alex Theodopoulos: No!
ER doctor: Some doctors don't like to give out painkillers, but when you've seen as much pain as I have, it makes you want to kill it.
ER doctor: [to both] I don't think you two should be kissing while I'm suturing,
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Written by Tony Berg,Ted Neeley & Allan F. Nicholls
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Romantic comedy that actually has more music than either romance or comedy
3 January 2020 | by gridoon2020See all my reviews

This decidedly unconventional romantic comedy is watchable, but is neither very romantic, nor very funny; more often it seems like a promo for a pop music band. One half of the "perfect couple", Marta Heflin, has some appeal, but Paul Dooley lacks charm, and their instant connection is not believable. The liveliest performance is given by Ann Ryerson as a horny possible date, but unfortunately her part is very small. Still, at least compared to the same year's "H.E.A.L.T.H", also by Robert Altman, which I saw yesterday, this one has a bit more structure to it. **1/2 out of 4.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Romance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Lion's Gate Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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