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Serial (1980)

R | | Comedy | 28 March 1980 (USA)
It's the end of the 1970s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the ... See full summary »

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Bill Persky

Writers:

Cyra McFadden (novel), Rich Eustis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Mull ... Harvey
Tuesday Weld ... Kate
Jennifer McAllister Jennifer McAllister ... Joan
Sam Chew Jr. Sam Chew Jr. ... Bill
Sally Kellerman ... Martha
Anthony Battaglia Anthony Battaglia ... Stokely
Bill Macy ... Sam
Nita Talbot ... Angela
Pamela Bellwood ... Carol
Barbara Rhoades ... Vivian
Ann Weldon Ann Weldon ... Rachel
Peter Bonerz ... Leonard
Jon Fong Jon Fong ... Wong
Christopher Lee ... Luckman Skull
Patch Mackenzie ... Stella
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Storyline

It's the end of the 1970s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the names, or who's sleeping with whom. This movie very skillfully conveys the hopeless muddle through which the many characters move as they try to find themselves. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@kiva.net>

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One mellow movie about creative divorce, group jacuzzis, organically-fed mistresses, and therapeutic adultery. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Serial See more »

Filming Locations:

Marin County, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,870,727
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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In his autobiography "Tall, Dark and Gruesome", Sir Christopher Lee identifies this movie as one that was particularly important to him (despite the fact that he played a relatively small part). The reasons being because it was the first time he got to act with an American accent, and also because he was cast against type. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Holroyd: You know Kate, and the way she feels about polluting the atmosphere.
Sam Stone: What has the atmosphere ever done for you?
Harvey Holroyd: Not much lately.
Sam Stone: You know, Angela's on that ecology committee, too. Big deal. Last month they saved the condor. You ever see a condor?
Harvey Holroyd: Not up close.
Sam Stone: Scare the shit out of you!
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Connections

Spoofs Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Born To Be Wild
Music and Lyric by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
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Absolutely dead on :-)
24 December 2001 | by NJtoTXSee all my reviews

I was always curious about this film. I had always figured that it would be a throwaway heavy-handed hit-and-miss increasingly dated piece about the 70s. Having spent the past 20 years in the SF Bay area, and "encountered" much of the new age mentality that still thrives there, I knew I'd have to at least give it a shot.

Well, Serial turned out to be a treat -- a brilliant, unexpected satire. It had me smiling or laughing from beginning to end, a few "pansy" comments notwithstanding. Sure, the pre-AIDS sexual situations are exaggerated and from another time. But nearly every target -- self-actualization, meditation, medication, cult groups, fad therapy, relationships, etc. -- is hit. Martin Mull plays the central character in the midst of all the mumbo jumbo with perfect subtlety.

Maybe some of the low votes come from people who think that people couldn't possibly talk and act the way these characters do. Well, they did and still do.


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