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A Perfect Couple (1979)

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A repressed, middle-aged divorced U.S. Greek meets a young singer through a dating service and becomes smitten.

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Robert Altman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dooley ... Alex Theodopoulos
Marta Heflin ... Sheila Shea
Titos Vandis ... Panos Theodopoulos
Belita Moreno ... Eleousa
Henry Gibson ... Fred Bott
Dimitra Arliss ... Athena
Allan F. Nicholls ... Dana 115
Ann Ryerson ... Skye 147 Veterinarian
Poppy Lagos Poppy Lagos ... Melpomeni Bott
Dennis Franz ... Costa
Margery Bond Margery Bond ... Wilma
Mona Golabek Mona Golabek ... Mona
Terry Wills Terry Wills ... Ben
Susan Blakeman Susan Blakeman ... Penelope Bott
Melanie Bishop ... Star
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Storyline

Alex Theodopolous is a mid-40s, divorced Greek-American who has moved back to the spacious estate of his autocratic immigrant father, who is also his boss in the family's successful antique importing business. He meets Shiela Shea through a dating service, but their first date turns into an unmitigated disaster when they are caught in thundershower during an outdoor concert, and Alex's car malfunctions. Twenty-something Sheila is part of traveling rock band which lives a gypsy-like existence in a communal loft under their controlling leader. Can Alex and Shiela overcome cultural, age, and lifestyle differences and find happiness? Written by duke1029

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What do you do when everything between the two of you seems wrong? ...fall in love.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Romance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Lion's Gate Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two 1979 cinema movies directed by Robert Altman first released in that year. The other picture was Quintet (1979). See more »

Quotes

ER doctor: [to Alex] You've got to stay in bed for a while. Do you want somme pain killers?
Sheila Shea: Yes.
Alex Theodopoulos: No!
ER doctor: Some doctors don't like to give out painkillers, but when you've seen as much pain as I have, it makes you want to kill it.
ER doctor: [to both] I don't think you two should be kissing while I'm suturing,
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Connections

References Welcome to L.A. (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is All There Is
Written by Allan F. Nicholls, Tony Berg & Ted Neeley
Performed by Heather MacRae
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Unjustly forgotten Altman
4 December 2006 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Possibly Altman's least well known theatrically released film, done in an era where he was making a lot of duds. Personally, I don't consider any Altman films duds – they're all interesting, at least. And this one is no exception. It's a quirky romantic comedy starring Paul Dooley and Marta Heflin. Dooley comes from a stuffy, old-fashioned Greek family steeped in classical music, and Heflin is a rock singer living in a hippie commune. The two meet through a video dating service, and the film depicts their rocky road to love. Altman's direction is very good, as usual, the script has a good palindromic structure, and I quite like the original songs. One big problem that I had is that Dooley comes on way too strong on that first date and the day afterward, almost creepy. Not a great film, but certainly a film that shouldn't be as forgotten as it is.


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