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Luv (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 July 1967 (USA)
Harry is a barely functional human. He meets an old friend who is having marital problems as Harry is about to leap off of a bridge. His friend decides that Harry is the man to take his ... See full summary »

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

Elliott Baker, Murray Schisgal (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Lemmon ... Harry Berlin
Peter Falk ... Milt Manville
Elaine May ... Ellen Manville
Nina Wayne Nina Wayne ... Linda
Eddie Mayehoff Eddie Mayehoff ... D.A. Goodhart
Paul Hartman ... Doyle
Severn Darden ... Vandergist
Alan DeWitt Alan DeWitt ... Dalrymple
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Harry is a barely functional human. He meets an old friend who is having marital problems as Harry is about to leap off of a bridge. His friend decides that Harry is the man to take his wife away from him so that Milt can be with his girlfriend. Ellen and Harry have an instant attraction and in a short while Harry is wearing Milt's suits and Milt is free. But, Ellen soon discovers that Harry is the world's worst roommate. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Luv is all about three letter words...L-A-F! Z-A-M! M-E-N! G-A-LS! F-U-N! W-O-W! and L-U-V! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dokimase kai me tin gynaika mou See more »

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Production Co:

Jalem Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Eli Wallach was offered the role of Harry Berlin after he had originated the role of Milt Manville on Broadway, playing opposite his wife, Anne Jackson, and Alan Arkin. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Manville: I've always been lonely, Harry. You see, on the one had I possess a cold, calculating mind, sharp as a razor, incisive, penetrating, and men are afraid of that. It's a threat to their feelings of masculine superiority; my power of analysis, my photographic memory. They resent all that.
Harry Berlin: Yeah. Well some men are like that.
Ellen Manville: Ask me a question, Harry.
Harry Berlin: Eh?
Ellen Manville: Ask me a question.
Harry Berlin: Um, how many states did Al Smith win in the election in 1928?
Ellen Manville: In 1928, the presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith won eight ...
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Suicide is painful
12 August 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

...and so is "Luv". What might've been a mod, madcap romantic comedy is just an exercise in shouting (you'll never forget that Jack Lemmon plays "Harry"--it's all you hear from the other performers). A suicidal man is brought down from a bridge-railing by an old school friend who has other plans for the guy: fix him up with his unhappy wife so he can marry a fitness enthusiast. The story certainly had satiric possibilities, few of which are realized. One is tempted to put the blame for this mess on Lemmon (who does some uncharacteristically sloppy slapstick here), but Clive Donner's direction should bear the brunt of it--he has no clue how to present this material. Based on the play, "Luv" has bright opening moments but soon sinks into theatrical clichés, the kind that creak and wheeze with age. Worse, it's a visual insult, with tatty color photography that only serves to expose the cheap production. What a shame! Lemmon and Peter Falk (so good together in the earlier "The Great Race") make no music together, and Elaine May struggles for dignity. I struggled through "Luv" and laughed maybe three times. *1/2 from ****


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