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Happy Birthday, Gemini (1980)

Based on the off-Broadway smash of the 1970's; a poor Harvard student's romance with a girl hits a rough spot when he realizes , on his 21st birthday, that he's in love with her brother.

Director:

Richard Benner

Writers:

Albert Innaurato (play), Richard Benner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeline Kahn ... Bunny Weinberger
Rita Moreno ... Lucille Pompi
Robert Viharo ... Nick Geminiani
Alan Rosenberg ... Francis Geminiani
Sarah Holcomb ... Judith Hastings
David Marshall Grant ... Randy Hastings
Timothy Jenkins ... Herschel Weinberger
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ... Sam Weinberger
Maura Swanson Maura Swanson ... Mary O'Donnel
Richert Easley ... Judge
John William Kennedy John William Kennedy ... O'Donnel
Micheal Donaghue Micheal Donaghue ... Father McBride
Alberto De Rosa Alberto De Rosa ... Dominique (as Alberto de Rosa)
Michael Holton Michael Holton ... Court Clerk
A. Frank Ruffo ... Jerry
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Based on the off-Broadway smash of the 1970's; a poor Harvard student's romance with a girl hits a rough spot when he realizes , on his 21st birthday, that he's in love with her brother.

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The birthday cake is part nuts...the birthday party is completely nuts! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Version of Gemini (1982) See more »

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Happy Birthday, Gemini
Written by Rich Look and Cathy Chamberlain
Sung by Cathy Chamberlain
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Awkward adaptation to the screen of very funny play
8 March 1999 | by Riff-3See all my reviews

This play had significant personal meaning for me in the early 80s and I only recently found a copy of this film adaptation. Like many stage comedies, the translation to film falls flat in most scenes partly due to the absence of theatrical elements (including the audience) but the biggest problem with this version is the casting. With ethnicity at the core of much of the humor, it was less than convincing to have Rita Moreno as an Italian widow, Madeline Kahn as an Irish floozy, and other characters trying to "play" an ethnicity that was not natural for them. But I really liked the ending on this filmed version, and the scene between Francis and his father at the end was very real and touching making this a nice "coming out" film for the whole family.


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