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Serial (1980)

It's the end of the '70s. 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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It's the end of the '70s. 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; the picture 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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Taglines:

"Honor thy wife, and everyone else's." See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography "Tall, Dark and Gruesome", Christopher Lee identifies this picture 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

Carol: By the way, I saw Harvey last night with his secretary.
Kate Linville Holroyd: Oh, yeah, I know, he said they were working late.
Carol: At an orgy?
Kate Linville Holroyd: [laughs] Carol, you know, you've always been really open with me, and I'd like to be open with you, too. You're a cunt.
Angela Stone: But extremely well dressed.
Carol: Thank you.
Angela Stone: You're welcome.
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Connections

References The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

We Love You, Conrad
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyric by Lee Adams
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One (make that more than one) funny movie--and ahead of its time!
1 January 2000 | by Mr. OpEdSee all my reviews

I must have seen Serial a half dozen times when it hit theatres. Ads were run wondering why not enough people were going to see it (hey, I was only one guy, I did my best). It should have been a monster money maker!

As others have said, this movie has fun with the Politically Correct. I thought it might have been a wake-up call (albeit a funny one) about the excesses of muddled thought and trend-of-the week morality, but it was sadly just a cataloging of PC in its infancy. Political Correctness has actually grown to be just as wacky (and all too prevalent) as Serial painted it. That said, don't think you've seen it all and heard it all from the PC crowd because so well made is Serial that it still keeps its edge

Serial also has some of the most shocking uses of profanity I've ever heard (and I loathe profanity), but is done in such a new way (still) that it's amazingly funny. Speaking of new, so far ahead of its time was Serial that it introduced gags that have since been done to death. Tired of "Born to Be Wild" used as a joke instead of a rebel anthem. The joke started here (for gay bikers, no less).

So when the PC crowd gets you down, grab Serial, sit down with your other of the moment (you-ness, me-ness, us-ness, we-ness) and enjoy.


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