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Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)

GP | | Comedy | 12 August 1970 (USA)
Mike Vecchio and Susan Henderson are preparing for their upcoming wedding. However, they seem to be the only two people at the wedding that are happy. Mike's brother Richie and his wife ... See full summary »

Director:

Cy Howard

Writers:

Joseph Bologna (play), Renée Taylor (play) (as Renee Taylor) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Joan
Joseph Hindy ... Ritchie
Richard S. Castellano ... Frank (as Richard Castellano)
Bea Arthur ... Bea (as Beatrice Arthur)
Cloris Leachman ... Bernice
Gig Young ... Hal
Anne Jackson ... Kathy
Harry Guardino ... Johnny
Anne Meara ... Wilma
Bob Dishy ... Jerry (as Robert Dishy)
Marian Hailey Marian Hailey ... Brenda
Michael Brandon ... Mike
Bonnie Bedelia ... Susan
Anthony Holland ... Donaldson
Bob Kaliban Bob Kaliban ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

Mike Vecchio and Susan Henderson are preparing for their upcoming wedding. However, they seem to be the only two people at the wedding that are happy. Mike's brother Richie and his wife Joan are going through a divorce, which is upsetting his overly devout Catholic mother Beatrice. Also, Susan's father is carrying on an affair and her sex starved older sister Wilma is going through her troubles with her husband Johnny. All this is going on while Mike's best friend Jerry is trying to bed the maid of honor, Susan's cousin Brenda. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lovers and Other Strangers See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$371,898
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"For All We Know,' the Oscar-winning song from this film, as record by The Carpenters, reached #3 on Billboard's top 100. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, when Gig Young and Cloris Leachman are sitting on the couch with a mirror behind them, you can see a reflection of a crew member in the mirror as he tries to move out of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Frank Vecchio: So, what's the story Ritchie?
Richie Vecchio: We're just not compatible.
Frank Vecchio: You hear that Beatrice, they're not compatible.
Bea: I heard, but I'm not listening, Frank.
Frank Vecchio: They're married for six years, all of a sudden they're looking to be compatible.
Bea: It's a phase they're going through.
Frank Vecchio: You stupid kids today, they don't know what to do with themselves, they get a divorce, for kicks.
Bea: That's what it is, Frank, kicks.
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Connections

Referenced in One Day at a Time: Lovers & Other Parents (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Keepin' Free
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Robb Royer (as Robb Wilson) and Jimmy Griffin (as Arthur James)
Performed by Country Coalition
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Funny if dated
25 February 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Mike (Michael Brandon) and Susan (Bonnie Bedelia) are getting married. The movie deals with them and their various families preparing the wedding. Bedelia's parents are played by Gig Young and Cloris Leachman--and Young is sleeping with a cousin played by Anne Jackson. Mike's parents are played by Beatrice Arthur and Richard Castellano who hate each other. Also Mike's brother Richie is divorcing his wife played by Diane Keaton (in her film debut). There's also Jerry and Brenda who just date for the wedding--and fall in love and Anne Meara and Harry Guardino as a couple constantly bickering over who's the boss. Meara's husband Jerry Stiller also appears unbilled and her daughter Amy (who is billed).

As you can see there's a LOT going on in this film--you're never bored. It is very dated--the talks about sex, marriage, relationships and male and female roles are VERY 1960s...but they are quite interesting. The script is sharp and the characters believable and there are funny lines flying nonstop throughout the movie. It's also amusing to see how Mike and Susan are living together before they get married--but can't tell any of their parents as it would kill them! Some of the sexual stereotypes get to be a bit much (Guardino especially is just appalling) but that's a sign of the times. A song in this movie ("For All We Know") won the Academy Award for Best Song at the Oscars but it's sung by a man here not the Carpenters (who had a BIG hit with it).

This was originally rated R for the frank (for the time) sex talk, a flash of nudity and some mild swearing. It's PG now but I wouldn't let kids watch it--it's not too dirty they just wouldn't understand it.

Bssically a fun movie with an outstanding cast. Worth seeing.


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