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The Last Married Couple in America (1980)

R | | Comedy | 8 February 1980 (USA)
Mari and Jeff Thompson start to doubt their own marriage when every couple they know separate.

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Gilbert Cates
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Jeff Thompson
Natalie Wood ... Mari Thompson
Richard Benjamin ... Marv Cooper
Valerie Harper ... Barbara
Bob Dishy ... Howard
Dom DeLuise ... Walter Holmes
Marilyn Sokol Marilyn Sokol ... Alice Squib
Priscilla Barnes ... Helena Dryden
Oliver Clark ... Max Dryden
Mark Lonow ... Tom
Allan Arbus ... Al Squib
Arlene Golonka ... Sally Cooper
Sondra Currie ... Lainy
Robert Wahler Robert Wahler ... Rick
Catherine Hickland ... Rebecca
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Storyline

Jeff and Mari Thompson have been married for fifteen years. Although their marriage is not perfect, they are seemingly happy in their married and family life. But all their married friends seem to be getting divorced or separated. These newly single friends try to convince both Jeff and Mari - together and individually - that divorce is the way to go. Even if they do decide to remarry, it will be an inevitability that that marriage too will end in divorce. And divorce can even re-energize the love in an otherwise stale marriage. In light of these assertions by their friends, Jeff and Mari do evaluate their marriage. Their friends also place each of them in potentially compromising positions, despite the fact that they still are married. Will Jeff and Mari's marriage be able to withstand all this outside pressure? Written by Huggo

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The comedy that fools around a lot! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Married Couple in America See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,454,289, 10 February 1980

Gross USA:

$12,835,544

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,835,544
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two 1980 theatrical release films of director Gilbert Cates, the other being Oh, God! Book II (1980). See more »

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NBC edited 6 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

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References Love Story (1970) See more »

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Bluish comedy with an underlining moral...adult peer pressure leading to extramarital activities
28 August 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

George Segal and Natalie Wood portray an upper-class married couple in Los Angeles who find they are the last of a dying breed: all the men and women within their circle of friends are separated from their spouses, divorced, or on the make. Occasionally smart and amusing screenplay by John Herman Shaner doesn't take a righteous stand on the sexy goings-on, though Shaner is quick to point out the pitfalls of the swinging middle-ager (impotency, venereal disease, unfulfilled coupling). Gilbert Cates directs it like an R-rated TV show, though some of the intended bite (laced with grown-up, witty humor) manages to come through, and the cast is good--however less of hammy Dom DeLuise would have been an improvement. Wood, in particular, shows a great deal of growth since her not-dissimilar dalliance with sexual inhibitions in 1969's "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"; she's surprisingly loose and physical here, and works comfortably with Segal, though George himself is rather wrung-out. With the sexual revolution of the 1970s fading fast upon its release, the film didn't stand a chance at the box-office, but parts of it are very funny and trenchant and have held up well. ** from ****


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