Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1975. Persky-Bright / Vista. Screenplay by Robert Towne, Warren Beatty. Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs. Produced by Warren Beatty. Music by Paul Simon. Production Design by Richard Sylbert. Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert. Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.
Warren Beatty is a posh LA hairdresser who gets himself tangled up in many messes by juggling two girlfriends (Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie), a woman who ‘keeps’ him (Lee Grant) and many less important contacts not worth mentioning. Jack Warden is a riot as Grant’s unassuming husband, and Christie is her usual goddess self. It seems this film redefined relationships upon its first release, but all of that is gone now–on the other hand, it’s still pretty enjoyable. Watch and see a seventeen year-old Carrie Fisher in her debut.
The Criterion Collection: #947
Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress (Lee Grant)
Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Jack Warden); Best Original Screenplay; Best Art Direction
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Warren Beatty); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Julie Christie); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Goldie Hawn); Best Supporting Actress (Lee Grant)