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Rich and Famous (1981)

R | | Drama | 9 October 1981 (USA)
Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist. Merry Noel marries, has a daughter and writes... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Gerald Ayres, John Van Druten (play)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Liz Hamilton
Candice Bergen ... Merry Noel Blake
David Selby ... Doug Blake
Hart Bochner ... Chris Adams
Steven Hill ... Jules Levi
Meg Ryan ... Debby at 18 years
Matt Lattanzi ... The Boy, Jim
Daniel Faraldo ... Ginger Trinidad
Nicole Eggert ... Debby at 8 years
Joe Maross ... Martin Fornam
Kres Mersky Kres Mersky ... Judy Heller
Cloyce Morrow Cloyce Morrow ... Martha Antilles
Cheryl Robinson ... UCLA Voice (voice)
Allan Warnick ... Desk Clerk
Ann Risley ... Max's Wife
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Storyline

Liz and Merry Noel become friends as college roommates and their friendship endures over the years. Liz becomes a respected "serious" novelist. Merry Noel marries, has a daughter and writes, too: "trash" fiction which becomes enormously successful. Their story begins in college and jumps ahead some years at a time to show their relationship with each other and those in their orbits as they grow and mature. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From the very beginning, they knew they'd be friends to the end. What they didn't count on was everything in between.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ricas y famosas See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,492,125
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marsha Hunt: The veteran actress as a Malibu party guest. See more »

Goofs

Merry is in bed when she suddenly comes up with title for her next novel - "Home Cookin'". But a moment later, when she rushes into her office, that title is already scrawled across the blackboard where she jots down her ideas. See more »

Quotes

Merry Noel Blake: I don't want you to tell me any lies, Liz.
Liz Hamilton: Don't worry. I have to get sleep before I can tell a believable lie.
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Alternate Versions

2 sex scenes are cut in US version. See more »

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Remake of Old Acquaintance (1943) See more »

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On The Sunny Side of the Street
Sung by Willie Nelson
Composed by Jimmy McHugh (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Can I just say...I really liked this film!
7 August 2005 | by lambiepie-2See all my reviews

Gosh, I am learning pretty fast that sometimes when you see a film as a youngster and then again 20 years later you gain a different view -- primarily because in 20 years you learn more. For example, I had no idea who George Cukor was - how great of a director he was and how much of that made this film fly. All I can say is..I really liked this film for it touched on an area that paralleled my life: lifelong friendship between two women. Can that EVER exist? Well, in certain doses, yes...and this film let out in a bit on ... "how".

Being a youngster with not a lot of life experience at the first time I saw this so I focused more on the "rich" and "famous" part between the two. At the time, I had no idea there was a difference and what would happen to two women who discovered there was...and how that would effect their friendship. Through their men, their career, the decades that defined them. And coming to realize one thing remained stronger than anything else...their friendship and knowing each other more than anyone else could have.

Then I got older, studied film a bit... and watched this film again with my best friend from High School. We do understand the 'rich' and 'famous' angle ... and we are still the best of friends...but this film is not a cinematic masterpiece...it can be seen as a bit campy at times...a little over the top at points (kinda on a 'Dynasty' and 'Dallas' level to me..) and honestly I can identify with the "teddy bear" scene for we do share a bear that means a lot more than a stuffed fun toy through our trials and tribulations with men/careers, et al..so its not as over the top as it seems....! As many already said, seeing Meg Ryan and Matt Latanzzi and Dack Rambo and David Selby are great in this 1981 piece. this is a nice "chick" flick!


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