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Lovers And Other Strangers (1970)


Det Jim McLeod
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I have been searching for this for years and finally found it on DVD. It is well worth seeing though not quite as funny as I once thought it was.

A young couple (Michael Brandon and Bonnie Bedelia) are about to get married but have not told their parents that they have been secretly living together. The supporting cast is great, many of them achieved bigger fame in TV. Anne Meara plays a frustrated wife whose husband (Harry Guardino) is not interested in sex anymore. The father of the bride (Gig Young) is a "with it" guy who does not believe in the Generation Gap. He is also cheating on his wife (Cloris Leachman) with a hysterical Anne Jackson. Bob Dishy is a lecherous usher who is desperately trying to bed a spacey bridesmaid (Marian Hailey). Best of all Beatrice Arthur and Richard Castellano (nominated for an Oscar for this) are the Italian Catholic parents of the groom. Their chemistry is hilarious and they also find out their other married son is looking to divorce his wife (played by Diane Keaton). Castellano is so old fashioned he threatens to give his 30 year old son a beating with his belt! There are two interesting bits by uncredited Conrad Bain and Jerry Stiller. Bain plays a priest who hears the confession of his future "Maude" co star Bea Arthur. Stiller (Anne Meara's real life husband) plays a wedding guest. The beautiful song "For All We Know" won the Oscar, it was later a big hit for the Carpenters. There is also a clip of the Hitchcock classic "Spellbound" playing on the TV.

What are your opinions of this one?

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I've only seen it once many,many moons ago and don't remember much of it.  Except that much of the cast have long been among my "favorites".  And the title has always vexed me.

Like, it seems to imply that the LOVERS are as much strangers as anyone else they might run across.  I'm guessing the writers were trying to imply that in those times, most people, regardless of HOW much they thought they  knew each other, or how LONG, they really didn't know each other as well as they thought.  Which during those times( late '60's-early '70's) seemed to be a popular theme in both books and movies( and some TV shows as well).

I think TCM has shown it before a few times but I no doubt missed it those times.  I'll keep an eye out for if and when they do again.  Like I said, I don't remember much about the movie except that I DID like it, so I'd like another go at it.

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9 hours ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

They also wrote and starred in the 1971 romantic comedy "Made For Each Other"

Just saw that one last week. Renee was wonderful in it. Film was a bit hit and miss, but there was something extremely endearing about it that drew you in, and certain points were very funny indeed.

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