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Just Tell Me What You Want (1980)

A TV producer who is the mistress of her boss, tries to have him make their relationship more permanent, and begins a relationship with a younger man. When her boss hears of this, he tries ... See full summary »

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Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Jay Presson Allen (novel), Jay Presson Allen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ali MacGraw ... Bones Burton
Alan King ... Max Herschel
Myrna Loy ... Stella Liberti
Keenan Wynn ... Seymour Berger
Tony Roberts ... Mike Berger
Peter Weller ... Steven Routledge
Sara Truslow Sara Truslow ... Cathy
Judy Kaye ... Baby
Dina Merrill ... Connie Herschel
Joseph Maher ... Dr. Coleson
John Walter Davis John Walter Davis ... Stan
Annabel Lukins Annabel Lukins ... New Baby
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ... Teddy
Michael Gross ... Lothar
Joseph Leon Joseph Leon ... Julie Raskin
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A TV producer who is the mistress of her boss, tries to have him make their relationship more permanent, and begins a relationship with a younger man. When her boss hears of this, he tries to stop it, and win her heart again. Written by Orig. by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>, correct by U.N. Owen

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Anything - and everything - can be a weapon in the war between the sexes. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dime lo que quieres See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,086,905
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Stereo

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Color (Technicolor)
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Judy Kaye's movie debut. See more »

Quotes

Max Herschel: Marriage, it's the quintessential deal... just tell me what you want.
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CBS edited 11 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

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Overlooked gem
18 July 2008 | by gdlkallSee all my reviews

This slightly jaded look at the film industry, and at love, is the work of Jay Presson Allen, who also wrote "Marnie", "Cabaret", and "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". You will find her trademarks: fascinating characters and witty, insightful rapid-fire dialog.

Her 20th Century women lack sugar-coating. But here, a lot of the action concerns the close ties of an unconventional family. This, along with the heroine's ironic first-person narration, give the story a lighter, less distant feel. However, the direction and pacing are uneven and the picture has been overlooked.

A year after this film was released, Jay Presson Allen and Sidney Lumet wrote and produced Prince of the City, a much darker film about police corruption. It found a far warmer reception. And Alan King has a cameo, playing himself.


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