Lovers and Other Strangers
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Lovers and Other Strangers is a 1970 American comedy film based on the play by Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna. The cast includes Richard S. Castellano, Gig Young, Cloris Leachman, Anne Jackson, Beatrice Arthur, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Harry Guardino, Anne Meara, Bob Dishy, Marian Hailey, Joseph Hindy, and, in her film debut, Diane Keaton. Sylvester Stallone was an extra in this movie. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards (it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song), and was one of the top box office performers of 1970. It established Richard S. Castellano as a star (receiving an Oscar nomination for his performance) and he, along with Diane Keaton, was subsequently cast in The Godfather. The song For All We Know was composed by Fred Karlin with lyrics by Robb Royer and Jimmy Griffin.
|Lovers and Other Strangers|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Cy Howard|
|Produced by||David Susskind|
|Written by||Joseph Bologna|
David Zelag Goodman
Richard S. Castellano
|Music by||Fred Karlin|
|Edited by||David Bretherton|
|Distributed by||Cinerama Releasing Corporation|
|August 12, 1970|
Lovers and Other Strangers was released by ABC Pictures. It was released on VHS in 1980 by Magnetic Video, but soon went out of print. The Magnetic Video release was a collector's item for many years, but the film was eventually re-released on VHS by CBS/Fox Video in the 1990s. It is now available on DVD by MGM Home Entertainment.
Taylor and Bologna followed up with their second screenplay the following year, Made for Each Other in which they also starred.
Mike Vecchio and Susan Henderson are engaged to be married. Mike wants to call off the wedding, arguing that it would be hypocritical for them to get married when they've already been living together for a year and a half. Mike relents on calling off the wedding after learning that Susan went to her first Halloween party dressed as a bride.
Susan's WASP-ish parents, Hal and Bernice, are experiencing their own issues, as Hal has been having an extramarital affair with Bernice's sister, Kathy, who is afraid of ending up a spinster and is using the wedding to get some commitment from Hal. Susan's older sister Wilma and her husband Johnny are parents of two children. Wilma is feeling her age and misses the passion they had at the beginning of their marriage, while Johnny is more interested in watching Spellbound on TV than giving his wife attention.
Mike's brother Richie and his wife Joan have grown "incompatible" and are considering divorce. Mike's Italian-American parents, Frank and Bea, are relentlessly trying to dissuade Richie and Joan from divorcing. Mike and Susan "fix up" bridesmaid Brenda and usher Jerry for the wedding, and nebbishy self-imagined playboy Jerry spends most of the weekend trying to "score" with Brenda.
These stories all play out through the rehearsal, wedding, and reception.
- Bea Arthur as Bea Vecchio (as Beatrice Arthur)
- Bonnie Bedelia as Susan Henderson
- Michael Brandon as Mike Vecchio
- Gig Young as Hal Henderson
- Richard S. Castellano as Frank Vecchio (as Richard Castellano)
- Bob Dishy as Jerry (as Robert Dishy)
- Harry Guardino as Johnny
- Marian Hailey as Brenda
- Diane Keaton as Joan Vecchio
- Jerry Stiller as Jim (uncredited)
- Sylvester Stallone as Groomsman (uncredited)
- "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, 31 May 1973, pg 3.