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Seize the Day (1986)

Unrated | | Drama | 9 September 1986 (Canada)
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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Dr. Tamkin
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Phil
Louis Guss ...
Rubin
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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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Coincidentally, lead Robin Williams went on to star in Dead Poets Society (1989) in which, as a teacher, he extolled the proverb - "carpe diem" - Latin for "seize the day." 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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ROBIN WILLIAMS' BEST ONSCREEN PERFORMANCE
6 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

SEIZE THE DAY (1986) (MADE FOR TV) **** Robin Williams, Jerry Stiller, Glenne Headly, Tony Roberts, Joseph Wiseman, William Hickey. Williams delivers the best performance of his career in this little-seen but genuinely excellent film as Tommy Wilhelm, a loser on a continuous downward spiral, who desperately grasps at straws and for his father's unwelcomed love. Heartbreaking yet powerful Saul Bellow short-storyesque feel with one of the most realistic nervous breakdown ever captured on film. A must see for quality acting and directing.


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