How Sweet It Is!
|How Sweet It Is!|
|Directed by||Jerry Paris|
|Produced by||Jerry Belson
|Written by||Jerry Belson
|Music by||Pat Williams|
|Edited by||Bud Molin|
|Distributed by||National General Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 1968|
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Box office||$2,700,000 (US/ Canada)|
Garner plays a photographer who brings his wife, Jenny, and teenage son, David, along on a Paris shoot, with both husband and wife struggling to stay faithful under extreme temptation. The film was written by Muriel Resnik (from her novel The Girl in the Turquoise Bikini), Garry Marshall, and Jerry Belson, and directed by Jerry Paris. Jimmy Webb wrote the title song, and Patrick Williams scored the sound track.
- James Garner as Grif
- Debbie Reynolds as Jenny
- Maurice Ronet as Phillipe
- Alexandra Hay as Gloria
- Terry-Thomas as Gilbert
- Paul Lynde as the Purser
- Donald Losby as Davey
- Hilary Thompson as "Bootsie"
- Marcel Delio as Louis
- Gino Conforti as Agatzi
- Vito Scotti as the chef
- Don Diamond as the bartender
- Penny Marshall as school girl
- Erin Moran as little girl
Production and release
Upon its release in August 1968, the film received a mixed response with critics and audiences. According to Howard Thompson of The New York Times, "This tired, aimlessly frisky comedy ... is about as sweet as a dill pickle."
- Thompson, Howard (August 22, 1968). "Screen: 'How Sweet It Is!' Begins Run; Debbie Reynolds Stars With James Garner" (Subscription required). The New York Times (The New York Times Company). p. 47. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
- Marshall, Garry; Marshall, Lori (1997). "Writing for Film and Theater and Not Making a Fortune". Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break Into Show Business and Stay There. Newmarket Press. pp. 91–92. ISBN 1-55704-288-8. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- How Sweet It Is! at the Internet Movie Database
- How Sweet It Is! at the TCM Movie Database
- James Garner Interview on the Charlie Rose Show
- James Garner interview at Archive of American Television
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