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Rich and Famous (1981)

Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist. Merry Noel marries, has a daughter and writes... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Gerald Ayres, John Van Druten (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Liz Hamilton
Candice Bergen ... Merry Noel Blake
David Selby ... Doug Blake
Hart Bochner ... Chris Adams
Steven Hill ... Jules Levi
Meg Ryan ... Debby at 18 years
Matt Lattanzi ... The Boy, Jim
Daniel Faraldo ... Ginger Trinidad
Nicole Eggert ... Debby at 8 years
Joe Maross Joe Maross ... Martin Fornam
Kres Mersky Kres Mersky ... Judy Heller
Cloyce Morrow Cloyce Morrow ... Martha Antilles
Cheryl Robinson ... UCLA Voice (voice)
Allan Warnick ... Desk Clerk
Ann Risley ... Max's Wife
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Storyline

Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist. Merry Noel marries, has a daughter and writes, too: "trash" fiction which becomes enormously successful. Their story begins in college and jumps ahead some years at a time to show their relationship with each other and those in their orbits as they grow and mature. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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From the very beginning, they knew they'd be friends to the end. What they didn't count on was everything in between.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ricas y famosas See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,492,125
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dick Cavett: Uncredited, as himself. See more »

Goofs

Merry is in bed when she suddenly comes up with title for her next novel - "Home Cookin'". But a moment later, when she rushes into her office, that title is already scrawled across the blackboard where she jots down her ideas. See more »

Quotes

Merry Noel Blake: Liz is bein' a simple bitch is what we call it down home!
Merry Noel Blake: Well, we're not down home! We're way out west! Atlanta has fallen haven't you heard? Sherman has spared us any more wisdom from that quotable capital of the south!
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ABC edited 22 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »

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Take Me for a Buggy Ride
Written by Mezz Mezzrow, Wesley Wilson (uncredited)
Sung by Bessie Smith
Courtesy of CBS Records
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My brief review of the film
18 January 2006 | by sol-See all my reviews

This was the last film that George Cukor directed, and the subject matter - looking at how a friendship develops over time - is appropriate content for a swan song from a director who had made many very different films over the years. However, as fitting as the premise might seem, the film is certainly not a high note for Cukor to end his career on. It is uneven in tone, and jumps through time without giving the impression that it is doing so, as the characters hardly change or age. It is no help that the characters are hard to like either, or that Bergen is an annoyance to have on screen. Bisset handles her part fairly well on the other hand, and she is able to pull through despite the excessive sexual antics given to her character. The film suffers from being too talkative too, but the dialogue does contain some wit, and there are some amusing moments in the mix. Overall, it is not a strong end to George Cukor's career, and it is not even a particularly good film. Still, for Bisset and Cukor completists, there will enough of interest here to be worth a look.


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