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Lily in Love (1984)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 19 April 1985 (USA)
Broadway star Fitzroy Wynn is thrilled when his wife Lily writes a new script with a brilliant lead role. While ego-centric Fitz thinks himself perfect for the role, Lily dashes his hopes ... See full summary »

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Károly Makk

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Frank Cucci
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Fitzroy Wynn / Roberto Terranova
Maggie Smith ... Lily Wynn
Elke Sommer ... Alicia Braun
Adolph Green ... Jerry Silber
Sándor Szabó ... Teodor
János Kende János Kende ... Gabor
János Xantus ... Miklos
István Butykai István Butykai ... Bela
György Fehér György Fehér
Dénes Ujlaky Dénes Ujlaky ... Worker
Zoltán Bezerédy ... Second Worker
Zoltán Gera Zoltán Gera ... Malev Officer
Judit Meszléry Judit Meszléry ... Malev Officer
Ildikó Kishonti Ildikó Kishonti ... Actress
Rosetta LeNoire ... Rosanna
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Broadway star Fitzroy Wynn is thrilled when his wife Lily writes a new script with a brilliant lead role. While ego-centric Fitz thinks himself perfect for the role, Lily dashes his hopes when she admits she wants to find someone different for the part. Fitz refuses to give up his pursuit. Enlisting the reluctant help of his agent, Fitz poses as Roberto Terranova- a young Italian actor and the exact model of what Lily wants for the role. But trouble arises when Lily appears to be falling for the charming Italian and Fitz is left to wonder just how serious she was about finding someone different. Written by Christine (blockbusterfreak)

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Country:

Hungary | USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fitz and Lily See more »

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Gross USA:

$376,686
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Mono

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Color
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New York Times critic Vincent Canby wrote the film a positive review but pointed out that it was an uncredited adaptation of Ferenc Molnár's play "The Guardsman", and that star Maggie Smith had headlined a revival of it as recently as 1977: "Even if the copyright has run out, it seems that the decent - and historically correct - thing to do would be to acknowledge the film's sources." See more »

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Total oddity
7 October 2009 | by Neil_UKSee all my reviews

I got this as a Maggie Smith nut - I've seen her on stage a number of times, and have been craving a film from her which matches the comic intensity which I've seen in the theatre.

Alas, this bizarre misfire doesn't give her a great deal to do. The other people have summed up the plot, so I'll just say that as a romantic comedy, this just doesn't cut the mustard.

The lighting (in the copy I saw, at least) looks more film noir than romcom - everything is dark and gloomy, reminiscent of Gordon Willis's cinematography for the office scenes in The Godfather.

Christopher Plummer has the kind of role John Barrymore used to play in his talkies - the cliché of the egotistical, verse-spouting actor. He does it very well, but his face is too dour to really charm as the hammy romantic lead. He does a good job with the young Italian, and is quiet funny there... but the dialogue and gags are lame.

And harking back to the old romcoms of the golden age, which often featured studio recreations of European capitals: alas, Budapest in the mid-80s looks dreadfully bleak - presumably the funding came from there, and part of the deal was to shoot it in the Hungarian capital. It looks terribly depressing and grey.

Maggie Smith looks lovely (when you can see her - that shadowy cinematography!) but even she can't weave the straw of the dialogue into gold (something she's usually able to do). California Suite, and bits of Murder by Death, seem to be the only film to really show here sophisticated comedienne stuff off on film.

Lily in Love, then, is one for total Maggie completists only (like me).

(By the way, the best 'lost' Maggie Smith film is definitely 'Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing' - seek it out, it's on DVD.)


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