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Something Short of Paradise (1979)

A romantic comedy revolving around the on-again, off-again relationship of a young New York couple.

Director:

David Helpern

Writer:

Fred Barron
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Madeline Ross
David Steinberg ... Harris Sloane
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Jean-Fidel Mileau
Marilyn Sokol Marilyn Sokol ... Ruthie Miller
Joe Grifasi ... Barney Collins
Robert Hitt Robert Hitt ... Edgar Kent
David Rasche ... David Ritchie
Bob Kaliban Bob Kaliban ... George Pendleton
Ted Pugh Ted Pugh ... Frank Barnett
Ann Robey Ann Robey ... Gail Barnett
William Francis William Francis ... Hotel Manager
Adrienne Jalbert Adrienne Jalbert ... Fru-Fru
Terrence O'Hara Terrence O'Hara ... Donny Conrad
Fred Nassif Fred Nassif ... Desk Clerk
Sonya Jennings Sonya Jennings ... Beth
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A romantic comedy revolving around the on-again, off-again relationship of a young New York couple.

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Love isn't blind... just a little nearsighted!

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1982 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Perfect Love See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First theatrical film directed by David Helpern. His two previous works were documentaries and as of 2015, it remains as the only film he directed. See more »

Quotes

Harris Sloane: She talks so much about space, you'd think she was an astronaut.
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Spring Fever
Written by Steve Stone
Sung by Pam Bricker
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Goy meets moyl, but no Woody Allen
13 May 2003 | by ccharles-1See all my reviews

Kooky midwestern shiksa meets kooky New York Jew and embarks on tentative romance. On a sunny day with all the planets aligned you get "Annie Hall". On a rainy day in Akron, you get the bravely-titled "Something Short of Paradise", a romantic comedy with no romance, not to mention wit, chemistry or pathos. Sarandon and Steinberg grimly plod through the standard plot points, meeting, breaking up and getting back together, but since they strike no romantic sparks you wonder why they bother. Nothing entertaining is made of the characters' cultural or tempermental differences, and the actors often move (or stand around) awkwardly as though they hadn't rehearsed. What's worse, Steinberg's Harris Sloane is petulant and even shows some flashes of jealous violence. Besides being completely wrong for his rather nebbishy character, I'd think this would cause any intelligent woman to run while she could. Unless you're a big fan of Sarandon or Steinberg, both of whom give their all in this lost cause, I'd suggest you do the same.


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