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Rabbit, Run (1970)

R | | Drama | October 1970 (USA)
A crude man is stuck in a loveless marriage. One day he decides to run away from his life and family. First he finds a mistress, but just because a man runs away from one disappointment, doesn't mean he won't run into another one.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

John Updike (novel), Howard B. Kreitsek (written for the screen by)
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A man who is unhappy in his marriage keeps running away from his troubles. TV adaptation of John Updike's novels.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom
Anjanette Comer ... Ruth Leonard
Carrie Snodgress ... Janice Angstrom
Jack Albertson ... Marty Tothero
Arthur Hill ... Jack Eccles
Melodie Johnson ... Lucy Eccles
Henry Jones ... Mr. Angstrom
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Angstrom
Don Keefer ... Mr. Springer
Carmen Mathews ... Mrs. Springer
Nydia Westman ... Mrs. Smith
Mark Antony Van der Nagel Mark Antony Van der Nagel ... Nelson Angstrom
Virginia Vincent ... Margaret
Sondra Scott Sondra Scott ... Miriam Angstrom
Margot Stevenson ... Mrs. Tothero
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Storyline

Harry and Janice Angstrom of Reading, Pennsylvania, have a young adolescent son, Nelson Angstrom. An artificial stone siding salesman, Harry is still most defined as a star basketball player from his high school days, then when he was nicknamed Rabbit. On a Friday evening, Harry, based on events earlier in the day that made him quit smoking cold turkey to be a better person, decides, also on the spur of the moment, to abandon his job and the family, alcoholic Janice who he only married because she was pregnant with Nelson and who in turn doesn't seem to care about him or Nelson, except for the support she requires from him to survive. Him leaving is despite Janice being pregnant. With no plans, he hops in the car with nothing more than the clothes on his back. In the short term, he decides he wants to stay with a friend of a friend he meets the following night, Ruth Leonard, a party girl. What happens in the intervening months is that life around him still dictates what he does, his ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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3 months ago Rabbit Angstrom ran out to buy his wife cigarettes. He hasn't come home yet. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coniglio, non scappare See more »

Filming Locations:

Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Solitaire, Worldcross See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in Reading, Pennsylvania. Writer John Updike is from the Reading area. See more »

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Features The Dating Game (1965) See more »

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For Your Love
Written by Graham Gouldman (uncredited)
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My brief review of the film
5 April 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

The subject matter feels a bit too lightly treated and the technical elements of the film are rather ordinary, but 'Rabbit, Run' has some good ideas, especially in regards to detaching from and trying to escape unhappiness. James Caan is good in the lead and the supporting cast is strong, with Arthur Hill and Jack Albertson particular highlights, plus another solid performance in the same year from Carrie Snodgress of 'Diary of a Mad Housewife'. It is the acting and the occasional good idea that keep this film alive, and it might not be a brilliant piece of cinema, but it does have enough good about it to be a satisfying watch.


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