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Serial (1980)

R | | Comedy | 28 March 1980 (USA)
It's the end of the 1970s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the ... See full summary »

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Bill Persky

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Cyra McFadden (novel), Rich Eustis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Mull ... Harvey
Tuesday Weld ... Kate
Jennifer McAllister Jennifer McAllister ... Joan
Sam Chew Jr. Sam Chew Jr. ... Bill
Sally Kellerman ... Martha
Anthony Battaglia Anthony Battaglia ... Stokely
Bill Macy ... Sam
Nita Talbot ... Angela
Pamela Bellwood ... Carol
Barbara Rhoades ... Vivian
Ann Weldon Ann Weldon ... Rachel
Peter Bonerz ... Leonard
Jon Fong Jon Fong ... Wong
Christopher Lee ... Luckman Skull
Patch Mackenzie ... Stella
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Storyline

It's the end of the 1970s. Hippies are assimilating, women are raising their consciousness, and men are becoming confused and ineffectual. Don't expect to be able to keep track of all the names, or who's sleeping with whom. This movie very skillfully conveys the hopeless muddle through which the many characters move as they try to find themselves. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@kiva.net>

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One mellow movie about creative divorce, group jacuzzis, organically-fed mistresses, and therapeutic adultery. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Serial See more »

Filming Locations:

Marin County, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,870,727

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,870,727
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography "Tall, Dark and Gruesome", Sir Christopher Lee identifies this movie as one that was particularly important to him (despite the fact that he played a relatively small part). The reasons being because it was the first time he got to act with an American accent, and also because he was cast against type. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Spike: Fellow beings, we are here to celebrate a wedding. Not one imposed by an uptight consumer society, which kills whales, builds nuclear reactors, but a real marriage. Will you touch each other please?
[Kate and Harvey hold hands]
Reverend Spike: Beautiful. Harv, can you relate to making a heavy commitment, to share your space with Kate, respecting her identity as a free being?
Harvey Holroyd: No.
Reverend Spike: No?
Harvey Holroyd: No. I promise to love, honor, and cherish Kate Linville Holroyd in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, forsaking all...
[...]
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Connections

References The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

A Changing World
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyric by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Michael Johnson
Courtesy of EMI/Columbia
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A funny and brilliantly scripted parody of 70s suburban life
16 February 2003 | by groover1See all my reviews

This is in my top ten of all time favourite films.

Harvey Holroyd can't understand what's happening around him. His wife has started to raise her consciousness, his daughter is concerned about her rights, his best friend who has a preoccupation with the Johnny Carson show is bombed out on pills and he's been a loser for 5 years!

I can sum this fantastic film up in two quotes from it: "Reality is watching a pair of self proclaimed assholes getting pair-bonded by a priest from the gong show". "Are they hell's angels?" "No they're gay. On weekdays they're regular guys with regular jobs but at weekends they dress up like hell's angels and listen to a lot of Judy Garland record". Priceless!


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