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Sorrowful Jones is a cheap bookie in 1930's. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her arrival and his ... See full summary »

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Walter Bernstein

Writers:

Damon Runyon (story), Walter Bernstein (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Sorrowful Jones
Julie Andrews ... Amanda Worthington
Tony Curtis ... Blackie
Bob Newhart ... Regret
Lee Grant ... The Judge
Brian Dennehy ... Herbie
Kenneth McMillan ... Brannigan
Andrew Rubin ... Carter
Sara Stimson ... The Kid
Joshua Shelley Joshua Shelley ... Benny
Randy Hermann Randy Hermann ... Fleabag Hotel Clerk
Nedra Volz ... Mrs. Clancy
Tom Pedi ... Vittorio
Jacquelyn Hyde ... Lola
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Front Desk Receptionist
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Storyline

Sorrowful Jones is a cheap bookie in 1930's. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her arrival and his sudden love for a woman also involved in gambling operations. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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A wildly romantic comedy about a bookie, a cookie, and the kid they bet their hearts on. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein reizender Fratz See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,321,392
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The 15th June edition of 'The New York Times reported that producer Jennings Lang had introduced director-screenwriter to Hyman Saul who was his uncle. Saul had been a "turf advisor" in the 1930s in New York City and had been part of this film's source story writer Damon Runyon circle of luminaries. See more »

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Seventies-era issue of Vogue Patterns prominently displayed on Depression-era newsstand. See more »

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Sorrowful Jones: You? You're a dame.
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Cute But No Cigar
9 September 2013 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

This was a nice 1970's movie even though it was made in 1980. The little girl who played The Kid,(Viola Kates Stimpson) appeared to be a seasoned actress even though this was her first and last movie role. Too bad, because she showed a great presence on the large screen. Walter Matthau playing the cantankerous unhappy bookie who falls for The Kid was believable and quite touching.

Supporting characters Tony Curtis as the mobster killer with his muscle Brian Dennehy , as well as Bob Newhart playing Walter Matthau's right hand man, and rounding up the stellar cast, Julie Andrews, whose horse farm was slowly being taken over by the mobster Tony Curtis, were all great supporting actors.

This is very light movie fare, and you won't need any facial tissues for any sad tug at your heart string scenes, but what you will get is a 70's style THE STING type movie that is enjoyable for the whole family.


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