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Rich and Famous (1981)

R | | Drama | 9 October 1981 (USA)
Liz and Merry become BFFs in college. A decade later, Liz is a serious writer with writer's block, whereas Merry's a housewife/mom. She's written a novel. Other bestsellers, riches and fame follow.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Gerald Ayres, John Van Druten (play)
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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 ... 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:

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Trivia

Fourth version and the second made for cinema of John Van Druten's play 'Old Acquaintance'. The previous versions were made in 1943, 1951 and 1956. 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

Liz Hamilton: I need the press of human flesh, and you're the only flesh around.
Merry Noel Blake: After all these years are you trying to tell me there's something strange about you?
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 22 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

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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New Acquaintance
29 December 2004 | by arichmondfwcSee all my reviews

George Cukor is and always will be one of my favorites. The unsung hero of his generation. Nobody mentions Cukor in the same breath as John Ford, Howard Hawks, William Wyler or Billy Wilder and yet, look at his filmography. From sparkling comedies "The Philadelphia Story" "Adam's Rib" "Holiday" Psycho melodramas "Gaslight" "A Double Life" a great semi western "Heller in Pink Tights" not to mention "My Fair Lady" or "Travels with my Aunt" He was at the service of his actors, he never put himself in front of the camera. I feel a certain tenderness watching "Rich and Famous" flashes of the old master still very much in evidence. Candice Bergen gives us for the first time in her career glimpses of the wonderful comedian she was about to become. Jacqueline Bisset is a throwback to the days of Greer Garson and Loretta Young and Hart Bochner steps in, teasing us, promising something spectacular that will eventually materialize in 1989 with "Apartment Zero", Meg Ryan, as Bergen's daughter is already Meg Ryan. As tired as the formula is, it remains a Cukor film and for what I gather one of Almodovar's favorite movies.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,492,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,492,125
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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