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Story

This 1986 film--a dead-serious performance by Robin Williams, minus the overlay of schmaltz that informed his acting in the late 1990s--sat on the shelf and had no theatrical release, for obvious reasons: the film has the downbeat spiral of a 1970s film, relentless in its depiction of human frailty at the breaking point. That doesn't mean it's a bad film; to the contrary, it's actually quite a good film. But it is in no way audience-friendly in its vision of a human being who has reached the end of his tether. Directed by Fielder Cook, it's based on a Saul Bellow novel and strikes exactly the right note, a combination of absurdity and dread. Williams has the desperate energy of a man approaching 40 with nothing to show for his life--and a disapproving, disappointed father he's constantly trying to impress. Jerry Stiller is great as Williams's seeming friend, who hooks him into a business deal guaranteed to change his life and his luck. --Marshall Fine

Cast

Robin WilliamsTommy Wilhelm
Glenne HeadlyOlive
Joseph WisemanDr. Adler
Katherine BorowitzMargaret
John FiedlerCarl
Jerry StillerDr. Tamkin
Steve VinovichZeigler
Tony RobertsBernie Pell

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Fielder Cook
  • Producer: Monterey
  • Length: 93 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1986
  • Ratings
    EuropePG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 18, 2003
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