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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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Final film of Jo Van Fleet. 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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happy dispair
19 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have to say that Robin Williams has come a long way regarding his acting. This is an early work and one that probably had folks confused since he was best known as the manic comic. But this Saul Bellow story of dispair and humor would have been considerably more depressing (good or bad) with, perhaps, Dustin Hoffman in the lead. Being 1986 and for TV, this was quite a groundbreaker. Don't get me wrong, I liked it -- I just couldn't help but wonder what a re-make would be today with our current abilities (and obsessions) at making rage and dispair truly palpable. There was a bit too much self-awareness on the part of the director/writer at making sure there was comic relief where none was needed......


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