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Muffy Tepperman
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this was on tv the other night, Jill Clayborn.....I really liked it........I love movies set in NYork.

When I researched it, seems it was up for a ton of awards at the time.

Does anyone have any suggestions of movies like this I might like from that time??

minus the humor haha it reminded me alot of a Woody Allen movie......ny setting.....men/woman relationships....it didn;t even feel too dated to me for some reason?? loved her and her daughter playing the Beatles at the piano!

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Have not seen that one...good you say.
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yes I say........haha

jill clayborn is great........her husband cheats and she pretty much has to learn to live a new life meets and artist.......and learns to live for herself.......it was great...........even the end was beautiful and simple........rent it tell me what ya think 80'srocked!

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I have seen it SEVERAL times back in the late-70's! Great film, and probably the best thing Jill Clayburgh ever did in her career. I have not seen it on home video (VHS or DVD), though.

It is interesting that Muffy thought this movie had a Woody Allen-ish vibe to it. Michael Murphy played the cheating husband, and Murphy has been in several of Woody's movies too.

Whenever I see a 70's movie that takes place in New York --- and there was a lot of them! --- I find myself wishing I was living (or at least, visiting) NYC during that era. Well, I was alive in the 70's, but have never been to NYC. So I am left to just imagine what it was like, and movies such as this one gives me that glimpse of what once was. It may have been a crazy time back then, but certainly impressionable.

Alan Bates is very good as the artist and new love of Jill's life. IIRC, the female therapist Jill meets with, was a real-life psychiatric therapist.

The movie's IMDB page:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078444/

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Well then. Looks like I have to find a copy and check it out.
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Hey Steven............list me some movies you might think I like with that theme.......very cool you agree with it being an outstanding movie.......Alan Bates was pretty handsome in his beardy artsy 70's style haha [Smile]
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I loved this film when I saw it on tv, (when we first got cable here in the UK). Used to watch it over and over. Along with 'Hair' and 'Young Frankenstein'.

She was also good in Silver Streak with Gene Wilder.

Yes Alan Bates was very scrummy when he was young, not so much now though!!!

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quote:
list me some movies you might think I like with that theme
What theme in particular were you referring to?
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Whenever I see a 70's movie that takes place in New York --- and there was a lot of them! --- I find myself wishing I was living (or at least, visiting) NYC during that era.
Ironically, New York was practically bankrupt at the time, and large sections of the city were crumbling into chaos. The funny thing is, whenever I see movies from that time New York seems like the most appealing place ever! Maybe there was something in the air?
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Hey Logan,
Does anyone have any suggestions of movies like this I might like from that time?? thats what I was asking........i'm not as familiar with 70's movies.......I was born in 77.......you know a 80's movie I found similar being it was all over NY and a drama........AfterHours........one of my favorites.

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Ah, ok well, there are a ton of films that deal with people trying to have relationships in the confusion of the post-sixties 'modern' world. In no particular order, and ignoring Woody Allen's stuff ('Annie Hall'/'Manhatten', etc), we also have...

Neil Simon's stuff: I love his films, even when they aren't that good. I think he writes better dialogue than almost anyone else. As far as I'm concerned 'The Goodbye Girl' is still one of the best romantic comedies ever written. Other films that carry a simliar vibe are 'Chapter Two' (slightly more dramatic) 'Only When I laugh', and Chevy and Goldie in 'Seems Like Old Times' (straight comedy). I also like 'I Ought to Be in Pictures' even though it's a weaker film.

Sub Woody Allen we have people like...

Albert Brooks: 'Modern Romance' works quite well.

Alan Alda: 'Same Time Next Year' and 'The Four Seasons' are pretty entertaining.

Both brooks and Alda can annoy people, though. You either don't mind them and can enjoy their films or they grate on you and you can't. I guess Woody has a similar effect too.

Another one from Clayburgh that I always had a soft spot for: 'Starting Over', a rarely seen rom-com with Boyt Reynolds! (Pre 'tache, post dead mammal lying on his skull).

Not all of the above are New York movies ('Goodbye Girl' is, as is 'Only When I Laugh' - I think), but they're all relationship-y and fairly sharply written.

I also throw in anything with Dudley Moore from '10' up to (but excluding) 'Best Defense'.

I may have gone off track and cast the net a bit too wide with all of that, but there's gold in them thar hills! (Mixed metaphors!)

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Hey I just thought... A good movie that shows NY from the 70s is Saturday Night Fever... Yeah baby!

Night fever, night fever
We know how to do it
Gimme that night fever, night fever
We know how to show it

EVERYBODY!

[Big Grin]

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Try :

The Goodbye Girl

It came out in 1977, it is set in New York, and it's by Neil Simon, and has Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss in it.

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Saturday Night Fever is a given!! [Smile]

Thanks Logan exactly what I was thinking.......I love Woody Allen movies so you can't go wrong a friend at work actually told me about Starting Over,
"('Goodbye Girl' is, as is 'Only When I Laugh' - I think)"
I'm definatly gonna check these out too.....I'm not much of a Dudley Moore fan though.......I will let you know what I watch thanks Logan!

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Just found a copy of An Unmarried Woman for the grand ole price of $4.00...can't beat that. I'll let you all know what I think of it after I watch it.
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cool 80's rocked..........did you find it online? or actually somewhere?
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Online - I rarely buy ANYTHING in stores anymore.
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Just watched this one and here are my opinions on it:
Overall, it was well written and very good acting. There were times when I thought it was very good, then stall for a while, good again, etc. Then again, most movies are like that. It did get a bit too "sappy" at times for me as most of it is through the eyes of a woman. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I don't watch many movies like this. With that said, it wasn't bad and definitely worth watching. I think I'll stop here because it feels like I'm writing a review. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by 80'sRocked:
Just watched this one and here are my opinions on it:
[snip]...Overall, it was well written and very good acting. There were times when I thought it was very good, then stall for a while, good again, etc. Then again, most movies are like that. It did get a bit too "sappy" at times for me as most of it is through the eyes of a woman. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I don't watch many movies like this. With that said, it wasn't bad and definitely worth watching...[snip]

Considering that the movie was written and directed by Paul Mazursky, this "sappyness" is usually normal for his films. Partly, it's because his films usually deal with personal romantic and sexual relationships between people.

That said, this is one of his better films.

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Gotcha Steven. I think this is the first one I saw by Paul Mazursky. Like I said, it was well written and worth watching.
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pretty awesome 80'srocked!! you watched a movie I said I liked and wrote a great review! only because you seem to know sooooooo many movies.

so I just looked up Mazursky because I really didn't know much of him. Bob and Ted Carol and Alice hahaha he wrote that? I just saw about it not long ago on the IFC indie sex documentary. (which was pretty awesome)and Down and Out in Beverly Hills too??

I really did love the feel of Unmarried woman maybe it is me being a woman and that whole sappyness [Smile] ........more like i've had my heartbroken and learned it's all about me, myself and I [Smile] Which is why I loved the ending so much too

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***************** SPOILER ALERT **********
I was shocked at the ending. I thought for sure she was going to go with him, especially after her friend pretty much told her she was nuts if she didn't.

I didn't know Maz wrote and directed Down and Out in Beverly Hills. I've seen that movie numerous times.

[ 25. July 2008, 05:31: Message edited by: 80'sRocked ]

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I can't believe that this thread got as big as it did.
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you just made it larger Sam! haha So you dislike the movie then or what Sam?
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It's been too long since I've seen it to say either way. Probably been 30 years since I saw it for my first and only time. All I remember is Jill Clayburgh(or her stand in) showed her breasts.

It's probably too much of a chick flick for me to totally enjoy.

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Hey Sam, at least a part of the movie got your attention. And they say some flicks have no redeeming features.....

I can't remember if I've ever seen it - might have to take a chance. After all, the worst that can happen is that I lose 2 hours of my life, right?

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