Review: ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’

[Based on the Alan Jay Lerner- Burton Lane 1965 Broadway musical], the story line, without the gimmick of reincarnation, is pure soap suds. Barbra Streisand is a chain-smoker so addicted that she doesn't fly because 'I'm afraid of the No Smoking sign'. She is engaged to Larry Blyden, a business school student in the upper 2% of his class who is so square that he is selecting a future employer on the basis of the pension plan.

[Based on the Alan Jay Lerner- Burton Lane 1965 Broadway musical], the story line, without the gimmick of reincarnation, is pure soap suds. Barbra Streisand is a chain-smoker so addicted that she doesn’t fly because ‘I’m afraid of the No Smoking sign’. She is engaged to Larry Blyden, a business school student in the upper 2% of his class who is so square that he is selecting a future employer on the basis of the pension plan.

To stop smoking before an important dinner with the personnel recruiter from Chemical Foods Inc, Streisand crashes a medical school class in hypnotism taught by Yves Montand. He accidentally discovers that she has extra-sensory perception. Under hypnosis, she becomes an aristocratic femme fatale with whom Montand falls in love.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Production

Paramount. Director Vincente Minnelli; Producer Howard W. Koch; Screenplay Alan Jay Lerner; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor David Bretherton; Music Nelson Riddle (arr.); Art Director John DeCuir

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 129 MIN.

With

Barbra Streisand Yves Montand Bob Newhart Larry Blyden Simon Oakland Jack Nicholson

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