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Seems Like Old Times (1980)

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Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.


Jay Sandrich


Neil Simon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Glenda Parks
Chevy Chase ... Nicholas Gardenia
Charles Grodin ... Ira Parks
Robert Guillaume ... Fred
Harold Gould ... Judge John Channing
George Grizzard ... Governor
Yvonne Wilder ... Aurora De La Hoya
T.K. Carter ... Chester
Judd Omen ... Dex
Marc Alaimo ... B.G.
Bill Zuckert ... Gas Station Attendant
Jerry Houser ... Gas Station Attendant
David Haskell David Haskell ... Policeman
Chris Lemmon ... Policeman
Ed Griffith Ed Griffith ... Policeman


Writer Nick Gardenia is kidnapped from his California cliffhouse and forced to rob a bank. Now a fugitive, he seeks help from his ex, Glenda. She is a public defender remarried to a prosecutor, and we get a houseful of hijinks. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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alone - at last . . . [UK]


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Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »


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Rastar Films See more »
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The comedy and the relationship of the three principal characters recalls such farce comedies as My Favorite Wife (1940), which starred Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, and Randolph Scott; The Awful Truth (1937), with Grant, Dunne and Ralph Bellamy; His Girl Friday (1940), with Grant, Bellamy and Rosalind Russell; and The Philadelphia Story (1940), with Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, and again with Grant. "Farce", says writer Neil Simon, "is like juggling six balls in the air at one time, It's very difficult to keep them all going, The pace must be very fast, It's not done often, because we don't have those people (Cary Grant, Irene Dunne). You need actors who are facile enough to do this kind of comedy, Goldie, Chevy, and Chuck (Charles Grodin) can do it." See more »


When Aurora brings the dogs into the final courtroom scene. See more »


Glenda Gardenia Parks: No kiss, Nick. I'm a married woman with a Governor inside.
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Referenced in Tarnation (2003) See more »


The High and the Mighty
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Portion whistled by Chevy Chase
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Goldie and Chevy: That Match Made In Heaven
2 May 2003 | by jberlin11797See all my reviews

It is, count'em, 25 years of my loyal fanship to Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, through thick and thin. "Foul Play" is their first go-round, and "Seems Like Old Times" is equally as timeless and great.

For the over 1000 times I have watched "Foul Play" and "Seems Like Old Times," I feel warm, giddy, and romantic every time as I look at this beautiful and funny pair. However, in "Seems Like Old Times," they are divorced. Hawn is the pretty but confused lawyer divorced from klutzy, easygoing novelist Chase turned bank-robbing fugitive and currently married to prim D.A. Charles Grodin. In fact, Hawn is so liberal she aids illegal aliens, a kleptomaniacal black chauffer, and faces the ultimate dilemma: Should she take in her ex-husband and come back and have fun with him or should she stay with her humorless current husband. Both men love her. Chase scoots under every bed due to intimidation by Grodin. Grodin does everything to get rid of Chase. Chase still has loving feelings for Hawn. This causes Hawn titilation, even insomnia with Chase hiding out in their house. When the two men finally meet, sparks fly. Not only do they get into a fistfight during dinner, but a court case looms over. Naturally, Grodin prosecutes Chase and Hawn defends him. Hawn wins. Chase kisses Hawn in front of an exasperated Grodin. Then Hawn and Grodin go away. They have car trouble, and Hawn unexpectedly gets to Chase's cabin in a rainstorm. She smiles at him. But that is the ending. Still, despite some flaws, "Seems Like Old Times" is a timeless small movie for those who want to laugh and fall in love. But why did it flop? Was it hard to accept Hawn and Chase as divorced? But the chemistry is still there, whether they get married or split up. Sure there are several romantic screen teams, such as Hanks and Ryan, Powell and Loy, and Hepburn and Tracy, but it is Hawn and Chase who do it for me and, of course, they are not married to each other in real life, but are married in spirit on screen.

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