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There's Always Vanilla (1971)

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A young man returns to his home city of Pittsburgh and moves in with an older woman whom he begins to rely on for emotional and financial support.

Director:

George A. Romero

Writer:

Rudy Ricci (the film was made from a story and screenplay written by) (as Rudolph J. Ricci)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Laine Raymond Laine ... Chris Bradley (as Ray Laine)
Judith Ridley ... Lynn Harris (as Judith Streiner)
Johanna Lawrence Johanna Lawrence ... Terri Terrific
Richard Ricci Richard Ricci ... Michael Dorian
Roger McGovern Roger McGovern ... Roger Bradley
Ron Jaye Ron Jaye ... Fox
Bob Wilson Bob Wilson ... TV Network Executive
Louise Sahene Louise Sahene ... Samantha
Christopher Priore Christopher Priore ... Chris Junior - Terri's Son
Robert Trow ... Ralph
Bryson Randolph Bryson Randolph ... Mr. Manspeaker
Val Stanley Val Stanley ... Rug Commercial Director
Vincent D. Survinski Vincent D. Survinski ... Delivery Man (as Vincent Survinski)
Eleanor Schirra Eleanor Schirra ... Mrs. Harris
S. William Hinzman ... Drunk Guy in Bar (as Bill Hinzman)
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Storyline

Chris Bradley is a young man who returns to his home city of Pittsburgh after several years of drifting and working odd jobs around the country since his discharge from the U.S. Army. Rejecting moving back in with his father and not wanting to return to the family business of manufacturing baby food, Chris meets and shacks up with Lynn, an older woman who works as a model in local TV commercials, and whom becomes his 'sugar mama' of supporting him financially and emotionally, which begins to put a strain on the affair especially when Lynn finds out that she's pregnant and does not feel that Chris would make a responsible father or husband. Written by matt-282

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Taglines:

Every woman knows why the wrong man is irresistible!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

The Latent Image See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is George A. Romero's second film, and according to him, his worst. He stated that the writer was "very lazy" and showed little interest in the production, leaving halfway through the shooting. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Bradley: Chris... why don't you let me send you back to school? I might as well put my money to good use.
Chris Bradley: No thanks, Dad, I don't want to hold back my education.
Mr. Bradley: You better come down out of those clouds, boy... or you're not going to be worth the powder to blow you to hell.
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Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 18 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Mountain Thyme
Music & lyrics by Francis McPeake I
Sung by Johanna Lawrence
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The Cinema of George A. Romero.
1 July 2001 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

There's Always Vanilla (1971) was a film that I saw a few years ago at a local video store. I was intrigued by the title and the clerk told me it was George A. Romero that was rarely seen. I felt at first that I've give it a try and scan it. I was surprised how good the movie was. Ray Laine is great as the lead in this movie. Judith Streiner (Ridley) plays the model/actress that he falls for with cameos by Russ Streiner, Bill Hinzmen and Richard France. I liked how Ray Laine's character addresses the camera giving the audience a insight into his life and times. Romero's camera work, direction and editing are real good in this flick. I enjoyed the social commentary and the ending. I thought it would be a snooze fest but once again Romero proved me wrong.

The title refers to a line in the movie that Laine's father tells him when he sees him for advice. The actor who plays his father is also great. Try and get a hold of it!!

Highly recommended.


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