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A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the... See more »

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
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Georgia Hines
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Polly Hines
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Jimmy Perrino
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Toby Landau
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David Lowe
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Vincent Heller (Lou)
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Man in Bar
Ed Moore ...
Dr. Bob Komack
Byron Webster ...
Tom
Peter Coffield ...
Mr. Tarloff
Mark Schubb ...
Adam Kasabian
Ellen La Gamba ...
Receptionist
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Nurse Garcia
Nancy Nagler ...
Heidi Stanton
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Jason
Michael A. Ross ...
Paul (as Michael Ross)
Tom Ormeny ...
Kyle
Ken Weisbrath ...
Waiter
Henry Olek ...
George De Vane
Jane Atkins ...
Doreen
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Don Holcroft
Ron Levine ...
Gary Chandless
Rebecca Stanley ...
Denise Summers
Nick Lapadula ...
Bartender (as Nick La Padula)
Phillip Lindsay ...
Super
Birdie M. Hale ...
Super's Wife (as Birdie Hale)
Wayne Franson ...
Father (as Wayne Framson)
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Manuel (as Jon Vargas)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Kelley ...
Jeffrey Kramer (uncredited)
Llewellyn Lafford ...
Car Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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Glenn Jordan

Written by

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Neil Simon ... (screenplay)
 
Neil Simon ... (based on the play "The Gingerbread Lady")

Produced by

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Roger M. Rothstein ... producer
Neil Simon ... producer

Music by

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David Shire

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David M. Walsh ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John Wright

Editorial Department

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Kathy Virkler ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Jennifer Shull

Production Design by

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Albert Brenner

Art Direction by

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David M. Haber ... (as David Haber)

Set Decoration by

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Marvin March

Costume Design by

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Ann Roth

Makeup Department

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Kathryn Blondell ... hair stylist
E. Thomas Case ... makeup artist (as Tom Case)

Production Management

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Thomas John Kane ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William S. Beasley ... first assistant director (as Bill Beasley)
Jim Van Wyck ... second assistant director
Stephen Wertimer ... dga trainee: New York crew (as Steve Wertimer)

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Richard Adee ... property master: New York crew
Nick F. Caprarelli ... lead man (as Nick Caprarelli)
Robert Krume ... construction coordinator
Bill MacSems ... property master
Wendell Powell ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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Michael Hilkene ... supervising sound editor
Dennis Jones ... boom operator
Gregg Landaker ... re-recording mixer
Les Lazarowitz ... sound mixer: New York crew
Tod A. Maitland ... boom operator
Steve Maslow ... re-recording mixer
Tom Overton ... production sound mixer (as Tommy Overton)
Bill Varney ... re-recording mixer

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Alan E. Lorimer ... special effects coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Martin G. Beazell ... second assistant camera (as Martin Beazell)
Norman Buck ... key grip: New York crew
Robert Edesa ... camera operator (as Bob Edesa)
Norman Harris ... gaffer
Ron Kenyon ... electrical best boy
Richard C. Kratina ... camera operator: New York crew (as Richard Kratina)
Frank Lambers ... grip best boy
Richard Moran ... key grip
Michael Nash ... first assistant camera
Ray Quinlan ... gaffer: New York crew
Warren Rothenberger ... director of photography: New York crew / director of photography: New York
Orlando Suero ... still photographer (as Orlando)
Barry Wexler ... dolly grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Seth Banks ... costumer: men
Shirlee Strahm ... costumer: women

Location Management

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Vince Martinez ... location auditor
Roger Paradiso ... location manager: New York crew

Music Department

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Erma E. Levin ... music editor (as Erma Levin)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Harry J. Leavey ... transportation captain: New York crew (as Harry Leavey)
Jack Lietzke ... transportation

Other crew

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Joan Eisenberg ... unit publicist
Sheryl Gold ... production assistant
Pat Logue ... secretary: Mr. Jordan
Dennis Maguire ... production assistant
Mary Malin ... assistant: Ann Roth
Shirley Marcus ... production office coordinator: New York crew
Michele Panelli-Venetis ... assistant: Mr. Rothstein (as Michele Panelli)
Howard Poyourow ... dialogue coach
June Samson ... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

A boozy Broadway actress comes out of a 12-week cure to face the problems of her best friends as well as her needy daughter. She tries to balance the terrors of returning to work with the demands of all around her with humor and insight, while staying off the booze. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Taglines It'll make you laugh...'til you cry. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh (United States)
  • It Hurts Only When I Laugh (United Kingdom)
  • Mrs. Hines & Tochter (Germany)
  • Sólo cuando me río (Spain)
  • Sempre Te Amei (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $3,880,870, 27 Sep 1981

Did You Know?

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Trivia James Coco became the first and only (to date) actor to be nominated for both an Academy Award and a Razzie for the same performance. Coco won neither award. See more »
Goofs In one of the opening scenes when Marsha Mason's character is leaving the "Betty Ford Clinic" of the time, there is an employee, Sandy, who passes her by the stairs says good-bye but addresses her as Mrs. Simon instead Mrs. Hines the character's real name. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Continental Divide, Mommie Dearest, Only When I Laugh, Body Heat, First Monday in October (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Heart See more »
Quotes Georgia: Let me sleep on the sofa. I love sleeping on the sofa. Beds are too big when you're alone.
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