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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.

Writers:

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

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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Storyline

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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Meet Gowan McGland, poet. He drinks and lies. Sleeps with other men's wives. He hasn't written a word in years, but . . . every woman he meets falls in love with him. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Gowan McGland main character in this film and its source, Peter De Vries's 'Reuben, Reuben" novel, was predominantly based on Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The picture was first released about thirty years after Thomas had passed away in 1953. See more »

Quotes

Geneva Spofford: I'm not talking of men of genius, I'm talking about you.
Gowan McGland: Thank you.
Geneva Spofford: By promiscuous pursuit you make women look promiscuous and that's unworthy of pursuit.
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Great film
1 December 2008 | by rwtmooreSee all my reviews

This is a real gem of a movie from the early 80s. The script which is very funny and witty, expertly oscillates between comedy and tragedy. It reminds me of many great John Irving novels. Conti's performance as Gowan McGland, a washed up Scottish poet, is at the heart of this film. Conti's portrayal is so good that I can't think of anyone else doing it. We're charmed by this tragic and comic figure. Kelly McGillis also gives a good performance as the college student who gets mixed up with the world-renowned poet. The relationship is realistic and adult - they both know it will end. What they don't know is the shocking way in which it does end. It's a highly entertaining, thought-provoking and powerful classic. It's mind-boggling that it isn't available on DVD.


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