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I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 26 March 1982 (USA)
Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Walter Matthau ... Herbert Tucker
Ann-Margret ... Steffy Blondell
Dinah Manoff ... Libby Tucker
Lance Guest ... Gordon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Calvin Ander Calvin Ander ... Rabbi
Shelby Balik Shelby Balik ... Shelley
Larry Barton Larry Barton ... Harry
Eugene Butler Eugene Butler ... Marty
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Truck Driver
Michael Dudikoff ... Boy on bus
Gillian Farrell Gillian Farrell ... Waitress
David Faustino ... Martin
Martin Ferrero ... Monte Del Rey
Allan Graf ... Baseball Fan
Samantha Harper ... Larane
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Storyline

Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has been out of Libby's life for 16 of her 19 years. Libby arrives in LA on a Tuesday and phones Dad the one night that Stephanie, who does Jane Fonda's hair, stays over. Stephanie is there the next morning when Libby decides she needs to tell her story face-to-face. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Libby Tucker hitchhiked from Brooklyn to take Hollywood by storm. And her father by surprise.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,170,397, 28 March 1982

Gross USA:

$6,968,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,968,359
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Herbert Ross, who directed this movie, also directed the play of it on the stage on Broadway. See more »

Goofs

In the closing scenes Libby is first seen sitting on the left side of the bus talking to her seat mate, then when Herb drives his car up next to the bus on the right side she sees him through the right side window. See more »

Quotes

Libby: Grandma was right. Once a shitheel, always a shitheel.
Herbert: Your grandmother talks like that?
Libby: The words are mine, the wisdom is hers!
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Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

One Hello
Music & Lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Randy Crawford
Produced by Tommy LiPuma
(P) 1982 WEA International Inc.
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Sneaky GREAT !
9 April 2017 | by msdemosSee all my reviews

Every once in a while, you watch a random film, and hours, days, weeks, a lifetime later, it's one you find you just never forget.

This, for me, is one of those films.

Flying under the radar, and IMMENSELY underrated, this one quietly showed up in 1982, and then seemed to be gone and forgotten about, by nearly everyone.

Though it did have a video (vhs) release, criminally, it was never released on DVD.

But now, the little film that could, is FINALLY available on DVD, as part of 20th Century Fox's Cinema Archives series.

Maybe, just maybe, the rest of the world will now slowly catch on to this sneaky little gem of a movie, and find themselves remembering it hours, days, weeks.......or even a lifetime later.


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