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Late 1960s story about the ultimate emotional sterility and unhappiness of a swinger emerges as a mixed farcical achievement.

Warren Beatty is a Beverly Hills hairdresser who turns onto all his customers including Lee Grant, bored wife of Jack Warden (latter in turn keeping Julie Christie on the side), while Beatty’s current top trick is Goldie Hawn.

All the excellent creative components do not add up to a whole. There are, however, strong elements in the film. Warden’s performance is outstanding. He makes the most of a script and direction which gives his character much more dimension than the prototype cuckold. Also, Hawn’s excellent delineation of a bubbly young actress has a solid undertone of sensitivity which culminates in her quiet dismissal of Beatty from her home and her heart.

1975: Best Supp. Actress (Lee Grant)

Nominations: Best Supp. Actor (Jack Warden), Original Screenplay, Art Direction

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  • Production: Columbia. Director Hal Ashby; Producer Warren Beatty; Screenplay Robert Towne, Warren Beatty; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor Robert C. Jones; Music Paul Simon; Art Director Richard Sylbert
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 109 MIN.
  • With: Warren Beatty Julie Christie Goldie Hawn Lee Grant Jack Warden Tony Bill
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