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|Directed by||George Kaczender|
|Produced by||Robert Lantos|
Stephen J. Roth
|Written by||Leila Basen|
Ian McLellan Hunter
|Based on||novel by Romain Gary|
|Music by||Michel Legrand|
A businessman (Richard Harris) has a younger girlfriend who loves him. He struggles to be able to perform in bed. He gets aroused however at the thought of his girlfriend being made love to by a handsome thief. The businessman becomes obsessed with tracking down the thief.
The film was based on a novel by Romain Gary which was optioned by producer Robert Lantos. His assistant Leila Basen wrote a draft of the script. She later recalled:
If the book was totally sexist, the first draft screenplay written by an American writer was even more misogynist... There never was a script contract. Robert continued to pay me my executive assistant salary of $350 a week. I sat in my usual desk in a room with the other four secretaries. But instead of writing lunch orders, I was writing what was to become the biggest-budget Canadian film of that time... In lieu of money, I got an IBM Selectric II, a free trip to Paris, where some of the film was shot, and tons of experience screenwriter-wise. I learned how to sit in silence in a read-through, even when your dialogue was being massacred. I learned what it means when a director says no one cares what you think because “you’re only the writer.” And I learned that when Richard Harris wanted a line change there was no point arguing with him because he was going to change it on set anyway.
- Callan, Michael Feeney (2004). Richard Harris: Sex, Death & the Movies : an Intimate Biography. Robson. p. 256. ISBN 1861057660.
- Basen, Leila. "My First Break". Writers Guild of Canada. Retrieved 14 August 2016.