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Reuben, Reuben (1983)

A drunken Scottish poet, who has not written a word in years, feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman.

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Peter De Vries (novel), Herman Shumlin (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Conti ... Gowan McGland
Kelly McGillis ... Geneva Spofford
Roberts Blossom ... Frank Spofford
Joel Fabiani ... Dr. Jack Haxby
Cynthia Harris ... Bobby Springer
Lois Smith ... Mare Spofford
E. Katherine Kerr ... Lucille Haxby
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ... C. B. Springer
Kara Wilson Kara Wilson ... Edith McGland
Jack Davidson ... George Spofford
Damon Douglas Damon Douglas ... Tad Springer
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Harry Pycraft
Ed Grady ... Dr. William Ormsby
Thomas McGowan ... TV Interviewer (as Tom McGowan)
Dan Doby Dan Doby ... Alvin
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Gowan McGland is a half-Irish/half-Welsh Scottish poet with some renown. He is also a total s*** - a boozer, a womanizer (his conquests more frequently married than not), lazy, and a leech, with a deteriorating body and bad teeth, losing which he equates with death. He also has his charms, which, in combination with his renown, leads to him usually being able to get what he wants. His wife, Edith McGland, also a writer, is well aware of who he is, their marriage which is in name only, although they are still good friends. It is because of her profession and her connection that she has been commissioned to write his biography. Because he is lazy, he has not written anything in five years. He is on a speaking tour to earn what little money he has, currently on an extended stop in Woodsmoke, Connecticut. His reputation in almost every sense precedes him in Woodsmoke - including his womanizing where probably only the husbands of his conquests are unaware of what's going on, and his ... Written by Huggo

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Congratulations Gowan, you've finally turned failure into an art form! See more »

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The film was based on two sources, a novel and a play, the latter of which was based on the book. See more »

Quotes

Mare Spofford: That fella poet is raping all the women in Woodsmoke?
Frank Spofford: Yeah, you'll have to wait your turn, Mare.
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

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The most underrated film of our time- pure genius.
2 April 2005 | by k-decSee all my reviews

Tom Conti,(who was nominated for an Oscar for this role as Gowan Mcland), gives one of the most brilliant acting performances I have ever seen. I was looking forward to more meaty roles from this great actor, but he seems to have disappeared, leaving this film as his greatest legacy. His character is a genius who is out of control, but Conti's talent depicts his situation as comic and tragic at the same time-no small feat-- while being absolutely sympathetic. To today's audiences, the pace may seen slow, but all is redeemed by the ending. This has by far the best ending of any motion picture, ever. The fact that this film is not out on DVD is shameful. Interestingly, this is Kelly McGillis' "introducing" film; she was showcased and it was made clear that she was expected to be a great star. She does shine in this role. The more relevant social commentary is the portrayal of women, after they have lost that flush of young love, tend to become disillusioned. We are left wondering whether Geneva Spofford (McGillis' character) will become like the other sad society women around her. See this movie if you have the chance-it won't disappoint.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor e Boemia See more »

Filming Locations:

Shelby, North Carolina, USA

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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