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- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 4, 2012
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Walter Matthau & Elaine May|
|Performer:||Jack Weston, James Coco, David Doyle, Renée Taylor & Doris Roberts|
|Directed by||Elaine May|
|Edited by||Fredric Steinkamp & Don Guidice|
|Screenwriting by||Elaine May|
|Composition by||Neal Hefti|
|Cinematography by||Gayne Rescher|
|Produced by||Hillard Elkins, Howard W. Koch & Joseph Manduke|
"Studio intervention preserves a quite lucid, strange, effervescent morality play pitched from May's unique purview outside either sentimentality or cynicism."
In writer/director Elaine May's (known for her collaboration as a stage comedienne with THE GRADUATE director Mike Nichols) freshman directing effort, she directs a strong cast, in addition to herself in the lead female role. Written for the screen by May from a short story by Jack Ritchie, this black comedy features hilarious performances by its two leads, as well as the wonderfully dry George Rose as Matthau's overly involved, but always proper, butler.
- In what would become true Elaine May fashion, the film's original $1.8 million budget shot to over $4 million by the time it was completed. Shooting went 40 days over schedule, and editing took over ten months. Similar scenarios occurred on her later project MIKEY AND NICKY.
- During shooting, producer Howard Koch, Sr. tried to have May removed from the film, but she had put a $200,000 penalty clause in her contract, and Koch was persuaded to keep her.
- After May wouldn't show Paramount a rough cut of the film ten months into editing, Robert Evans took the film away from her and recut it. Angered at the alteration of her version, May tried to take her name off the film and sued Paramount to keep it from opening. A judge overruled the motion, and the film opened to good reviews and good business.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 100 ratings.
I purchased the Blu Ray version of this film when I came across it a few years ago, because I find it to be hilarious! Matthau is perfect & great, as usual, excellent for this role. May is one of the first female directors, and is very talented. There are a number of little side plots that contribute towards propelling and advancing the main theme. The scene where he is told by his accountant that he is flat broke, is particularly Delicious! A Must See! Walter, as you know, can be very expressive. The film from which this DVD was made, is slightly worn. The regular DVD, here, is therefore, adequate. Very highly recommended!
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