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Rich Kids ()


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Two 12-year-olds, the products of Upper West Side broken homes, struggle to make sense of their parents lives and their own adolescent feelings.

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Franny Philips
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Jamie Harris
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Madeline Philips
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Paul Philips
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Ralph Harris
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Steve Sloan
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Barbara Peterfreund
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Simon Peterfreund
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Madeline's Mother
Diane Stilwell ...
Stewardess
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Ralph's Secretary
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Lawyer
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Juilliard Student
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Gym Teacher
Beatrice Winde ...
Corine (as Bea Winde)
Jack Hausman ...
Jamie's Grandfather
Stacy Peppell ...
Susan
Lacey Neuhaus ...
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Beverly
Michael J. Miller ...
Boy on Bus (as Michael Miller)
Shag Starbird the Dog ...
Shag (as Shag Starbird)
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Bruno DiGiorgi ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Singer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert M. Young

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Judith Ross ... (written by)

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Robert Altman ... executive producer
George W. George ... producer
Michael Hausman ... producer

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Craig Doerge

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Ralf D. Bode ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Edward Beyer

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Mercedes Danevic ... assistant film editor
Jay Dranch ... assistant film editor

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Paul Martino

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David Mitchell

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Richard Merrell
Harold Sasso

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Hilary Rosenfeld ... (as Hilary M. Rosenfeld)

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Joe Cuervo ... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Patricia Churchill ... post-production supervisor
Tommy Thompson ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Michael Hausman ... first assistant director
Paula Mazur ... dga trainee
Joel Tuber ... second assistant director

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Hal Bock ... chief carpenter
Richard Brandt ... property master
Carole Lee Carroll ... assistant to the art director
Steven Gamiello ... set dresser (as Steve Gamiello)
John MacWhinnie ... paintings by
Evelio Perez ... scenic artist
Larry Rivers ... paintings by
Tom Schwinn ... assistant to the art director
Morris Weinman ... set dresser

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Neil Fallon ... sound recordist
Sam Gemette ... sound editor
Robert Gravenor ... sound mixer
David M. Horton ... sound editor (as David Horton)
Tod A. Maitland ... boom operator (as Tod Maitland)
Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer
Cabell Smith ... sound recordist

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James V. Gartland ... second company grip (as James Gartland)
Marc Hirschfeld ... first assistant camera
Nancy Katz ... still photographer
Billy Miller ... key grip (as Bill Miller)
Ray Quinlan ... best boy
Michael Stone ... camera operator
David Wagreich ... second assistant camera
William Ward ... electrician (as Bill Ward)

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Pat Golden ... extras casting

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Elisabeth Seley ... wardrobe supervisor (as Elizabeth Seley)

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John Alper ... location supervisor

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Dave Palmer ... music recordist
Richard Whitfield ... music editor

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Sandy McLeod ... script supervisor

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Michael Fennell ... transportation captain

Additional Crew

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Robert Altman ... presenter
Randall Badger ... production assistant
Dick Dubuque ... auditor (as Richard Dubuque)
Lyn J. Fink ... assistant production office coordinator (as Lyn Fink)
David Fitzgerald ... liaison: Lion's Gate
George W. George ... presenter
Christopher Goode ... production assistant
Shawn Hausman ... production assistant
Florence Nerlinger ... production office coordinator
Pamela Rhodes ... production assistant (as Pam Rhodes)
Patrice Ryan ... title designer
Andy Starbird ... assistant auditor
Bridget Terry ... publicity coordinator
Seymour Chwast ... poster artist (uncredited)
Ed Horwitz ... personal assistant: Robert Altman (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Two ultra-precocious Upper West Side twelve-year-olds, Franny and Jamie, are best friends. Jamie, the "new boy" in town, has experienced his parents' divorce and guides his friend Franny in the art of surviving her own folks' imminent split. Franny senses the divorce because she has been secretly watching her father arrive home at 5:00 every morning and pathetically try to brush off (to his wife) and hide (from his daughter) the fact that he has been away all night. She is down in the dumps and finds a kindred spirit in her buddy Jamie, whose mother and father split up long ago. He points out the advantages of being a "child of divorce" - and is so persuasive that he almost convinces himself as well as Franny. When Franny connivingly convinces her parents to let her go to a sleep-over with Jamie, they explore their budding curiosity for the opposite sex. When Franny's mother finds the book "The Joy of Sex" in her daughter's bedroom and discovers that her daughter has deceived her, four frantic "adult" couples converge on the sleep-over site, Jamie's father's swanky, fantastical bachelor pad, to catch the two young ones in a compromising position. Ultimately, Jamie and Franny realize that, in order to survive the undeniable disadvantages of their parents' divorce, they must try to weather the hard times together as friends...if not more. Written by thustlebird

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Taglines What happens when kids grow up and parents don't. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Niños ricos (Spain)
  • Crianças de Valor (Brazil)
  • Divorzio stile New York (Italy)
  • Hjelp! Mamma og pappa er utro (Norway)
  • Rikkaat kakarat (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $53,064, 19 Aug 1979

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Trivia The portion of this film's budget provided by United Artists was cut to $2.5 million so that United Artists could properly finance the increasingly expensive financial demands of Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980). As a result, this is the last film that Robert Altman personally produced for fourteen years. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Real Life, La Cage aux Folles, Over the Edge, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Rich Kids (1979). See more »
Soundtracks Happy Ida and Broken-Hearted John See more »
Quotes Franny Philips: They can do anything they want to do, can't they? They can tell us anything, or not tell us anything, and we can't do anything, or say anything! We haven't got one single lousy human right!
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