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Rich and Famous (1981)

R | | Drama | 9 October 1981 (USA)
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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Liz Hamilton
... Merry Noel Blake
... Doug Blake
... Chris Adams
... Jules Levi
... Debby at 18 years
... The Boy, Jim
... Ginger Trinidad
... Debby at 8 years
Joe Maross ... Martin Fornam
Kres Mersky ... Judy Heller
Cloyce Morrow ... Martha Antilles
... UCLA Voice (voice)
... Desk Clerk
... Max's Wife
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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.

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9 October 1981 (USA)  »

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$14,492,125
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The roles played by Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen have different names to their equivalent characters in the original version of this movie, Old Acquaintance (1943). Bisset plays the role played by Bette Davis whilst Bergen plays the Miriam Hopkins part. See more »

Goofs

Jackie Bisset's character is shown flying from LA to NY in a 747, but that plane didn't enter service until 1970, the year after this scene takes place (1969). See more »

Quotes

Merry Noel Blake: I don't want you to tell me any lies, Liz.
Liz Hamilton: Don't worry. I have to get sleep before I can tell a believable lie.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) 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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His last film proves the legend true.
11 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

George Cukor is an actresses director.He told himself it was nothing but an old cliché ,probably as old as the hills ,as old as "gone with the wind" when Leigh and De Havilland went on rehearsing with him even after he was fired.

But this cliché is completely true here.Every scene where Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen are together is riveting,dazzling,moving,funny all at once.but when the movie deals with Bisset's love affairs,it 's an awful bore.Doug's scenes are watchable at a pinch because the actor has a certain presence ,but the Rolling Stone guy's ones are almost unbearable,being bland ,pseudo-intellectual ;this is really a lightweight performance ,to put it mildly.

But the two actresses work wonders when they share the screen.Two scenes highlight the movie:the first ,in Malibu,where the two women spend a whole night reading Bergen's writing prowess;the second in NYC,when they have an ultimate quarrel :Bisset tells her mate she's only one part of a woman:you easily guess which one.

Of course ,it's a very uneven movie and inferior to Cukor's precedent work ("travels with my aunt",not counting his ill-fated "the blue bird") but the fast forward button is useful when the movie begins to drag on.


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