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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 ... 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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,968,359
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, the film's script is predominantly the same as Neil Simon play, but with some settings added, such as the Dodger baseball stadium and the Hollywood Park Racetrack. 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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Featured in At the Movies: Stinkers of 1982 (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The Value of Family Ought to Be Shown More in Films ***1/2
26 December 2009 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Wonderful film with Neil Simon again showing that he is the master of writing.

Dinah Manoff is just marvelous as the precocious 19 year old who goes to California to see the dad she hasn't seen in 16 years.

The film is touching as it first shows that Matthau knows so little about his daughter (and son) but then as the film goes on, he shows all the attributes that a father shows.

As Matthau's girlfriend, Ann-Margret is very good. The picture itself provides no screaming of usual Matthau antics. He is genuine here in every sense of the word.

The film shows the strong bond that is formed and we're sorry when Libby takes the bus back to N.Y. At least, there is a commitment by the father to keep in touch.

We also have to wonder what kind of woman he was married to that drove him away years before.


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