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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)

PG | | Comedy | 16 July 1982 (USA)
A wacky inventor and his wife invite two other couples for a weekend party at a romantic summer house in the 1900s countryside.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Woody Allen ... Andrew
Mia Farrow ... Ariel
José Ferrer ... Leopold (as Jose Ferrer)
Julie Hagerty ... Dulcy
Tony Roberts ... Maxwell
Mary Steenburgen ... Adrian
Adam Redfield Adam Redfield ... Student Foxx
Moishe Rosenfeld Moishe Rosenfeld ... Mr. Hayes
Timothy Jenkins ... Mr. Thomson
Michael Higgins ... Reynolds
Sol Frieder Sol Frieder ... Carstairs
Boris Zoubok Boris Zoubok ... Purvis
Thomas Barbour Thomas Barbour ... Blint
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Mrs. Baker
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Storyline

Centred around a weekend party at the home of inventor Andrew Hobbs and his wife Adrian, attended by randy doctor Maxwell Jordan, his nurse Dulcy, renowned philosopher Dr.Leopold Sturgis and his fiancée, this is a light comedy concerning their various emotional, intellectual and sexual entanglements, loosely based on Ingmar Bergman's 'Smiles of a Summer Night' . Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Six characters in search of love [Video]

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Sommernachts-Sexkomödie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,514,478, 18 July 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,077,269
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of seven film collaborations of actor Tony Roberts and Woody Allen, six of them being cinema movie features. See more »

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Jose Ferrer sings the song, "The Lord's Prayer", which was not written by Albert Hay Malotte until 1935, even though the film was set much earlier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leopold: Ghosts or little spirits or pixies, I don't believe in them. Do you Mr. Foxx?
Student Foxx: No, sir.
Leopold: You sounded, with all your metaphysical gibberish.
Student Foxx: Well, I didn't mean ghosts or spirits, professor.
Leopold: Nothing is real, but experience. That which can be touched, tasted felt, or in some scientific fashion proved. We must never substitute qualitative events that are marked by similar properties and reoccurrences for fixed substances.
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Soundtracks

A Midsummer Night's Dream
(1826)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Mendelssohn)
Performed by Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra (as The Philadelphia Orchestra)
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Perhaps lesser known, but not lesser quality woody film
19 March 2000 | by strat-8See all my reviews

Almost a hidden gem, except that no one has an excuse for not knowing about any Woody film. The cast is delightful. Every line of dialog is laced with wit and humor. No New York angst here, just the usual relationship muddle, mixed with the usual existential questions of the the meaning of love and life and ...

Not a message movie. As the title indicates, the point of all this is comedy. My favorite bit, which didn't make it into the quotes section goes something like this:

<Andrew is hovering outside Maxwell's window in his self-propelled helicopter>

Maxwell: Andrew! What do you think you're doing?

Andrew: Its an invention of mine. I think I've got most of the bugs worked out. What do you think?

Maxwell: Andrew, don't be silly. You can't fly.

Andrew: I can't?

Maxwell: Of course not! You're a mammal!

Andrew: Oh.

<Andrew crashes to ground>

Tony Roberts is the perfect straight man. Its a pity that Woody hasn't used him in some of his later films. This is one of those handful of films that can be watched over and over again. One to own. Sadly, this (and several other Woody masterpieces) are out of print.


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