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Rabbit, Run (1970)

R | | Drama | October 1970 (USA)
A crude man is stuck in a loveless marriage. One day he decides to run away from his life and family. First he finds a mistress, but just because a man runs away from one disappointment, doesn't mean he won't run into another one.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

John Updike (novel), Howard B. Kreitsek (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom
Anjanette Comer ... Ruth Leonard
Carrie Snodgress ... Janice Angstrom
Jack Albertson ... Marty Tothero
Arthur Hill ... Jack Eccles
Melodie Johnson ... Lucy Eccles
Henry Jones ... Mr. Angstrom
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Angstrom
Don Keefer ... Mr. Springer
Carmen Mathews ... Mrs. Springer
Nydia Westman ... Mrs. Smith
Mark Antony Van der Nagel Mark Antony Van der Nagel ... Nelson Angstrom
Virginia Vincent ... Margaret
Sondra Scott Sondra Scott ... Miriam Angstrom
Margot Stevenson ... Mrs. Tothero
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Storyline

Harry and Janice Angstrom of Reading, Pennsylvania, have a young adolescent son, Nelson Angstrom. An artificial stone siding salesman, Harry is still most defined as a star basketball player from his high school days, then when he was nicknamed Rabbit. On a Friday evening, Harry, based on events earlier in the day that made him quit smoking cold turkey to be a better person, decides, also on the spur of the moment, to abandon his job and the family, alcoholic Janice who he only married because she was pregnant with Nelson and who in turn doesn't seem to care about him or Nelson, except for the support she requires from him to survive. Him leaving is despite Janice being pregnant. With no plans, he hops in the car with nothing more than the clothes on his back. In the short term, he decides he wants to stay with a friend of a friend he meets the following night, Ruth Leonard, a party girl. What happens in the intervening months is that life around him still dictates what he does, his ... Written by Huggo

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3 months ago Rabbit Angstrom ran out to buy his wife cigarettes. He hasn't come home yet. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rabbit, Run See more »

Filming Locations:

Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Solitaire, Worldcross See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was originally announced in 1963. See more »

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Referenced in BoJack Horseman: Start Spreading the News (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Love Me
Written by Ray Burton and G.K. Michael
Performed by Inner Sense
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Why isn't this film revived?
11 August 2014 | by alanjjSee all my reviews

After I read Rabbit Run and Rabbit Redux, I wanted to see how many Updike novels had been made into movies. His writing does not seem cinematic. I was surprised to find that, in addition to The Witches of Eastwick, Rabbit Run had, in fact, been made into a movie. And starring one of the leading actors of the late 60's, early 70s, James Caan, as well as Carrie Snodgrass, best known for Diary of a Mad Housewife. Also, in a major role, Jack Albertson, later renowned for Chico and the Man.

Rabbit Run, the movie, is unfairly neglected. The central role of Harry Angstrom is fully realized by James Caan as a guy you sympathize with and despise. The events of Harry's life are played out to suitably tacky late-60's pop music, and filmed in John Updike's hometown of Reading, Pa. Reading looks even sadder than Updike described it, but the gritty streets work well for the story. They are unpleasant and dangerous and claustrophobic, and if you were to live there, in this small industrial city walled in by high hills, you might feel like you're trapped, like Rabbit was.

James Caan was somewhat unique among actors of that time: I think of Dustin Hoffman and Elliot Gould as being the icons of the era, the not-really-handsome lovable Jewish schmos. James Caan is a Jewish schmo, but he's also a hunk, with broad shoulders and a big chest and a seductive face. He's conventionally sexy, and women fall for him easily, but he still is an outsider, he's got issues, lots of issues, just like Dustin and Elliot. A super-schmo.

There was one scene in the book, which I will NOT reveal here, that was harrowing and an amazing display of the author's power with his pen. That scene translates frighteningly to the screen, although I thought the filmmakers could have gone much further in depicting the horror. If ever a remake is made, THAT scene should be full-out Grand-Guignol.

It's a satisfying flick, and it makes you long for the sequel that was never made. I read elsewhere that this film never even opened in New York, the studio thought so little of it. If the éminences grises of the Film Forum or Anthology Film Archives or Film Society of Lincoln Center are reading this, please consider reviving this film, and giving it a proper New York opening.


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