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I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 26 March 1982 (USA)
Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Walter Matthau ... Herbert Tucker
Ann-Margret ... Steffy Blondell
Dinah Manoff ... Libby Tucker
Lance Guest ... Gordon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Calvin Ander Calvin Ander ... Rabbi
Shelby Balik Shelby Balik ... Shelley
Larry Barton Larry Barton ... Harry
Eugene Butler Eugene Butler ... Marty
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Truck Driver
Michael Dudikoff ... Boy on bus
Gillian Farrell Gillian Farrell ... Waitress
David Faustino ... Martin
Martin Ferrero ... Monte Del Rey
Allan Graf ... Baseball Fan
Samantha Harper ... Larane
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Storyline

Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has been out of Libby's life for 16 of her 19 years. Libby arrives in LA on a Tuesday and phones Dad the one night that Stephanie, who does Jane Fonda's hair, stays over. Stephanie is there the next morning when Libby decides she needs to tell her story face-to-face. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Libby Tucker hitchhiked from Brooklyn to take Hollywood by storm. And her father by surprise.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,170,397, 28 March 1982

Gross USA:

$6,968,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,968,359
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Walter Matthau''s Herb Tucker character likes to gamble on horses at the races. Matthau was in real life a fan of the race-track and a big gambler. Matthau had long wanted to make a racing picture and got to do this when he starred in Casey's Shadow (1978). Matthau said of this: "Casey's Shadow is the first race picture that's come my way that I've liked". A couple of years after that movie, Matthau followed up that horse racing movie with another, Little Miss Marker (1980), then a couple years later, I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982). See more »

Goofs

In the closing scenes Libby is first seen sitting on the left side of the bus talking to her seat mate, then when Herb drives his car up next to the bus on the right side she sees him through the right side window. See more »

Quotes

Libby: Grandma was right. Once a shitheel, always a shitheel.
Herbert: Your grandmother talks like that?
Libby: The words are mine, the wisdom is hers!
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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One Hello
Music & Lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Randy Crawford
Produced by Tommy LiPuma
(P) 1982 WEA International Inc.
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She Ought Not Be In Pictures...
22 January 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

It must have been a casting no-brainer to put Dinah Manoff in the film-adaptation of Neil Simon's Broadway hit "I Ought To Be In Pictures" since she played the part of headstrong Libby on the stage. Unfortunately, a bombastic concoction such as Libby cannot be easily transferred to the more intimate medium of film, and the writing leaves both Manoff and the viewer at a complete loss. Neil Simon writes gag-dialogue, gag-characters, gag-situations, so when he tries to get serious--the audience doesn't know how to respond. Is this guy kidding again? Libby moves from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to reconnect with her estranged screenwriter father, ostensibly to break into movies but mostly because she needs a loving dad to hold her. These later scenes are so uncomfortable, so static, that poor Walter Matthau can only sit on the end of the bed and gape (I've never seen him at such a loss). Ann-Margret has a warm, grounded presence as Matthau's girlfriend (it's not much of a role, and the dialogue is still in Simon's one-note, but A-M manages to give this woman some soul). Manoff, looking and acting like a cross between Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol, projects to the rafters, as if she were still on Broadway. She's Gussy Gumshun; and when the barriers come down and she's vulnerable, we would like to give her our sympathies, but Simon won't let us. He has already moved on, to the next limp gag. ** from ****


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