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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.

Director:

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.

Genres:

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

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 »

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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Bellow's Death of a Salesman
5 April 2004 | by ken2000See all my reviews

This film is a match for Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. A very tightly controlled drama with richly vivid characters and the casting is excellent. Robin Willimas has never done anything better and without all of that comedy schtick that he is so famous for. Joseph Wiseman is an absolute monster and that 'hotel' they live in might as well be hell. It is even depicted as hell with those scenes in the steam room/spa with all those walking corpses wondering around. I read the novel this was based on nearly thirty years ago, and my feeling then as now, seeing the film, is that there is no resolution. Wilkie has no exit from his situation. One thing for sure, he needs to get away from those people (his girlfriend seems to be in love w/him, regardless of the money, so that's something). I give this a very strong recommendation.


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