A Touch Of Class (1973)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

United Kingdom, 1973, , .  Screenplay by Melvin Frank, , based on the story She Loves Me, She Told Me So Last Night by Marvin Frank.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Melvin Frank.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Glenda Jackson and George Segal play two married people who are having an affair, complete with their own apartment in which they can tryst without disturbance. As they continue to enjoy their physical affair, however, their emotions start to creep into the picture and they find themselves dangerously close to liking each other. Then they start fighting like cats and dogs until the big finish. It could have been a terrific battle of the sexes movie in the vein of the good old Hepburn-Tracy classics, particularly with how well Jackson does with comedy, but the characters are far too unlikable to merit it a comparison with Woman Of The Year.  The supporting cast is riddled with cliched hookers and campy gay men, while the scene where Segal attempts to rape Jackson and she plays it for laughs won’t really go over too well today.

Academy Award:  Best Actress (Glenda Jackson)
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Original Story and Screenplay; Best Original Dramatic Score; Best Song (“All That Love Went To Waste”)

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (George Segal); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Glenda Jackson)
Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Screenplay; Best Song (“All That Love Went To Waste”)

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