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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tommy Wilhelm
... Rojax
... Son-in-Law
... Olive
Stephen Strimpell ... Stockbroker
... Dr. Adler
Jayne Heller ... Mrs. Adler
... Margaret
... Carl
William Duell ... Joey
... Dr. Tamkin
James Cahill ... Phil
Louis Guss ... Rubin
... Receptionist
Mara Lori ... Little Girl
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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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Das Geschäft des Lebens  »

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This was Joseph Wiseman's final film before his death on October 19, 2009 at the age of 91. See more »

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

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Man in Elevator: The truth is one parent can support ten children but ten children can't support one parent.
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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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Feel good movie for anyone who thinks their life is bad.........
17 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Like a whirlpool, this downward spiral of a movie has many redeeming qualities, but anything the slightest bit upbeat would not be among them. Robin Williams and Jerry Stiller carry the burden of taking what could have been a real turnoff of a film, and making it at least enlightening. "Seize the Day" is all about relationships, most of which are so flawed, and beyond saving, that hopelessness gradually smothers whatever hope you might have had for a better outcome. The 50s look, script, and acting are very good. I say this, if you go in expecting great 50s atmosphere, fine screenplay, and believable characters, you will not be disappointed. - MERK


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