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Seems Like Old Times (1980)

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Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.

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Jay Sandrich

Writer:

Neil Simon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Glenda Parks
Chevy Chase ... Nicholas Gardenia
Charles Grodin ... Ira Parks
Robert Guillaume ... Fred
Harold Gould ... Judge John Channing
George Grizzard ... Governor
Yvonne Wilder ... Aurora De La Hoya
T.K. Carter ... Chester
Judd Omen ... Dex
Marc Alaimo ... B.G.
Bill Zuckert ... Gas Station Attendant
Jerry Houser ... Gas Station Attendant
David Haskell David Haskell ... Policeman
Chris Lemmon ... Policeman
Ed Griffith Ed Griffith ... Policeman
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Storyline

Writer Nick Gardenia is kidnapped from his California cliffhouse and forced to rob a bank. Now a fugitive, he seeks help from his ex, Glenda. She is a public defender remarried to a prosecutor, and we get a houseful of hijinks. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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maid | cabin | cow | car accident | kiss | See All (19) »

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alone - at last . . . [UK]

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$43,995,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,995,918
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture had a two-week rehearsal period in which, during this time, Writer Neil Simon customized the screenplay to tailor the lead stars' personalities. During the two-week rehearsal period, Simon observed the needs of his stars and was able to re-write portions of the script to better suit their individual personalities. "There is a terrific quality about Chevy (Chase)," says Simon, "He's the bad boy in class. You never know what he is going to do. I tried to capture that in the script and in each day's re-writes." See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen scene when Glenda finds Nick in the middle of the night, the oven door opens and shuts between shots. See more »

Quotes

Nick Gardenia: [looks right into camera] Oh Sh**!
Fred: [looks at Gardenia's image coming off printer] Jeee-sus!
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Soundtracks

The High and the Mighty
(uncredited)
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Portion whistled by Chevy Chase
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Seems Like Max Dugan Returns
2 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

I love Neil Simon comedies. The situations are so utterly outrageous, that they're hilarious. Seems Like Old Times is the story of a woman (Hawn) who's ex-husband, Nick,(Chase) is wrongly accused of robbing a bank. Nick keeps popping up at his ex-wife's house to get her to help him out, and in the meantime, she's trying to keep him hidden from her husband (Grodin), who's got an interest in aprehending Nick because he's up for the role of Attorney General.

The story is very similar to Max Dugan Returns, another Simon comedy in which Marsha Mason plays a woman who's estranged father (Jason Robards) shows up at her doorstep one night with a suitcase full of "stolen" money. In need of a place to lay low from the cops, the woman has to hide him from her boyfriend, a detective played by Donald Sutherland. By the way, if you liked Seems Like Old Times, you'd probably enjoy Max Dugan Returns, although it is not filled with as much 'stupid comedy' as the former.

Seems Like Old Times is classic Chevy Chase wit, Goldie Hawn charm, Charles Grodin panic, and comfortable Neil Simon comedy. Plus, it's got a load of other familliar faces like Robert Gillaum as Grodin's best friend and co-worker. T.K. Carter is hilarious as Goldie Hawn's chauffeur/maitre di/whatever else the woman hires him for (you'll understand if and when you have seen the movie). I think my favorite character of all, however, is the sassy housemaid, Aurora. It's a nice little film about outrageously odd occurences.


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