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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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Ricas y famosas  »

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$14,492,125
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Trivia

According to trade paper 'Variety', none of original director Richard Mulligan's footage made it to the film's final cut. 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

Liz Hamilton: What are you going to do with it, get it published?
Merry Noel Blake: I was going to ask you...
Liz Hamilton: Go ahead, ask!
Merry Noel Blake: I don't like your tone, Liz.
Liz Hamilton: What is the matter with my tone? The New York review of books said I was a master of irony!
Merry Noel Blake: Oh, drink your gin and go to sleep!
Liz Hamilton: You want me to show the book to Jules Levy.
Merry Noel Blake: Well, I want you to do whatever you think is right...
Liz Hamilton: Jules Levy is the wrong man for you, Merry. Too much expensive tailoring. He's like an apple the butler polishes every day.
Merry Noel Blake: He's the most impressive ...
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Remake of Old Acquaintance (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

On The Sunny Side of the Street
Sung by Willie Nelson
Composed by Jimmy McHugh (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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29 December 2004 | by See 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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