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Seize the Day (1986)

Unrated | | Drama | 1 May 1987 (USA)
Tommy Wilhelm is a good honest man who's fallen on hard times after losing his job, but what really gets to Tommy is seeing both his friends and family turning their backs on him one after the other. He tries to seize the day - in vain.

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Fielder Cook

Writers:

Saul Bellow (novel), Ronald Ribman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Tommy Wilhelm
Richard B. Shull ... Rojax
David Bickford ... Son-in-Law
Glenne Headly ... Olive
Stephen Strimpell Stephen Strimpell ... Stockbroker
Joseph Wiseman ... Dr. Adler
Jayne Heller Jayne Heller ... Mrs. Adler
Katherine Borowitz ... Margaret
John Fiedler ... Carl
William Duell William Duell ... Joey
Jerry Stiller ... Dr. Tamkin
James Cahill James Cahill ... Phil
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Rubin
Gillien Goll ... Receptionist
Mara Lori Mara Lori ... Little Girl
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Storyline

Tommy Wilhelm (Robin Williams) is a salesman. An honest, hard-working guy who has lost his job, his girlfriend, and left part of his sanity behind as he heads to New York to pick up the pieces of his life. He's always been able to sell, but caught in a downward spiral, he must, in addition, face the father who never really understood him, while trying to balance his newly precarious existence Written by monterey media/Learning in Focus, Inc.

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Losers aren't born, they're made.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geschäft des Lebens See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Learning in Focus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Jo Van Fleet. See more »

Goofs

As Tommy drives through the suburbs, cars from the 1980s can be seen parked in driveways. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Adler: Oh Wilkie, have you taken my advice?
Tommy Wilhelm: From what, dad?
Dr. Adler: Take a swim, get a massage!
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits have rolled, this can be seen: ...for Joe, who taught so many to seize each day. See more »

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little known gem
30 November 1998 | by jmcgraw7See all my reviews

This is an obscure little film that is probably Williams' best dramatic role--at least on par with the troubled psychiatrist in "Good Will Hunting". He plays a man victimized by his life--everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Williams is painful to watch in this role, but proves that his dramatic talent knows no bounds. Absolutely compelling; a film I am not likely to forget. Why this sleeper is so underrated and obscure I will never know. If you can get your hands on it, do so!


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