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Mr. Sycamore (1975)

Jason Robards is a man who decides he'd rather be a tree.

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Pancho Kohner

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Ketti Frings (screenplay), Pancho Kohner (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... John Gwilt
Sandy Dennis ... Jane Gwilt
Jean Simmons ... Estelle Benbow
Robert Easton ... Fred Staines
Mark Miller ... Rev. Fletcher
Brenda Smith Brenda Smith ... Daisy
Richard Bull ... Dr. Ferfield
Ian Wolfe ... Abner / Arnie
David Osterhout David Osterhout ... Officer Kelly
Lou Picetti Lou Picetti ... Humphry
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Higgins
Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor ... Harry
Paul Berini Paul Berini ... Milkman
Eddie Lewis Eddie Lewis ... Milkman
Sydna Scott Sydna Scott ... Clubwoman
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An unusual but affectionate story of a man's longing for his ideal of peace and serenity. A postman and part-time poet is inspired by the Greek legend of the two elderly guards at Jupiter's temple who are transformed into beautiful trees. His wife has him committed when he stands in his backyard awaiting the same metamorphosis to take place. With the help of a friendly librarian, he escapes in a milk truck during a violent storm. Written by Anonymous

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A man's desire to escape...and finds refuge through metamorphosis

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1975 (USA) See more »

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Capricorn See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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Based on the following Broadway production: Mr. Sycamore (1942). Comedy. Written by Ketti Frings, based on a story by Robert Ayre. Scenic Design by Samuel Leve. Costume Design by Emeline Roche. Directed by Lester Vail. Guild Theatre: 13 Nov 1942- 28 Nov 1942 (19 performances). Cast: Stuart Erwin (as "John Gwilt") [Broadway debut], Lillian Gish (as "Jane Gwilt"), Enid Markey (as "Estelle Benlow"), Walter F. Appler, Harry Bellaver (as "Mr. Fink"), Albert Bergh (as "Mr. Oikle"), Helen Brown, Russell Collins (as "Reverand Doctor Doody"), Barbara Dale, Helen Dodson, Jed Dooley, Franklyn Fox (as "Fletcher Pingpank"), Kenneth Hayden, Mary Heckart, Pearl Herzog (as "Daisy Staines"), Otto Hulett, Ray J. Largay, Louise McBride, Peggy Opdycke, John Philliber (as "Abner Coote"), Rupert Pole (as "Third Milkman/People of Smeed"), Leona Powers, Harry Sheppard, Buddy Swan (as "Albert Fernfield"), Ernest Theiss, Harry Townes, Albert Vees. Produced by The Theatre Guild (Theresa Helburn, Lawrence Langner: Administrative Directors). Note: this was one of the biggest flops of the 1942 season. See more »

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A simple movie with a big message.
24 February 2008 | by tsycamoreSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie about 1975 on TV and it made a huge impact on me...so much so that I changed my name to Mr. Sycamore. In 1986 I decided to change my name legally (mainly because I didn't like my dad). My birth name was Thomas Gee, but when I finally decided to make a new name for myself I thought of how I loved this movie and so I changed my name to Tom Sycamore which I have been for the past 22 years).

I have always been a huge fan of Sandy Dennis, and the idea from this movie that one can create your own life (even if it involves becoming a tree) makes this a very special movie.


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