Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures
|Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Herbert Ross|
|Produced by||Herbert Ross
|Music by||Marvin Hamlisch|
|Cinematography||David M. Walsh|
|Edited by||Sidney Levin|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release dates||March 26, 1982|
|Running time||108 minutes|
Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures (also known simply as I Ought to Be in Pictures) is a 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross and based on Neil Simon's play of the same name. The film stars Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, and Dinah Manoff (the only one to reprise her role in the movie). Other actors who have supporting roles are Lance Guest, Eugene Butler, David Faustino, Martin Ferrero and Michael Dudikoff.
The film was released on March 26, 1982, a year after the original broadway show ended and was filmed mainly in Los Angeles, California.
The film starts with 19-year-old Brooklynite Libby Tucker (Dinah Manoff) visiting her dead grandma's grave at a New York cemetery, and informs that she was moving to Hollywood to become an actress and find her father, Screenwriter Herbert Tucker. Libby takes the bus to Denver, then hitchhikes the rest of the way. Libby then tries to call Herb but gets nervous and hangs up.
The next morning, Libby goes to the house Herb lives where she meets his girlfriend, Steffy Blondell (Ann-Margret) who invites Libby in. Libby and Steffy find out about each other's past and the reason why Libby is in town. After Steffy steps out, Herbert Tucker (Walter Matthau) awakens to see Libby after a 16 year gap. The two chat about their pasts and Libby fills Herbert in on the family he left behind including Libby. The two eventually begin arguing about Libby's goal of becoming an actress just as Steffy returns, and ran out, leaving them behind.
Herbert later finds Libby at a motel and eventually persuades her to come back to the house where she would redecorate. Steffy helps out Libby by having her go to a Drama School; She would meet a young man named Gordon there. One night, Libby comes home at 3:00 A.M. to tell Herbert that he was out meeting famous people and putting cards on their car windshields saying, "Sunset Valet Parking. No party is too big or too small" while on the back it says, "Libby Tucker, New York, Trained Actress. No part is too big or too small" with the phone number attached. He tells her that there is no chance of becoming an actress; later they would talk about sex. Eventually, Libby realizes she is unsure if she wants to be an actress. After a few more days she decides to return home. After packing up, Libby makes a long distance phone call to mom and gets Herbert to talk to her for the first time in 16 years. Libby goes back home after taking his pictures. On the bus, she ends the film by saying that she was unsure of her future as she was "sort of in a transitional period." Libby waves goodbye to Herbert and Steffy as she goes back home to New York.
- Walter Matthau as Herbert Tucker
- Ann-Margret as Steffy Blondell
- Dinah Manoff as Libby Tucker
- Lance Guest as Gordon
- Calvin Ander as The Rabbi
- Shelby Balik as Shelley
- Larry Barton as Harry
- Eugene Butler as Marty
- Bill Cross as Truck Driver
- Michael Dudikoff as Boy on bus
- Gillian Farrell as Waitress
- David Faustino as Martin
- Martin Ferrero as Monte Del Rey
- Allan Graf as Baseball Fan
- Samantha Harper as Larane
- Noberto Kerner as Groundskeeper
- Art LaFleur as Baseball Fan
- Nomi Mitty as Baseball Fan
- Santos Morales as Mexican Truck Driver
- Charles Parks as Baseball Fan
- José Rabelo as Groundskeeper
- Lewis Smith as Soldier
- Virginia Wing as Auto Cashier
- Wayne Woodson as Baseball Fan
- Tom Wright as Baseball Fan
- Muni Zano as Motel Cashier
- Halbert W. Jalikeakek as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
- Norris Maxwell as Cashier (uncredited)
- Thomas Wright as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
"One Hello" was performed at the end of the movie by Randy Crawford and written by Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch. An instrumental version of "One Hello" is heard at various points in the movie as well. Hamlisch composed the main music for the movie.
Filming and production
I Ought to Be in Pictures was originally produced for Broadway in 1980 and the original cast starred Ron Leibman as Herbert Tucker, Joyce Van Patten as Steffy and Dinah Manoff as Libby Tucker; as mentioned, Manoff reprises her role in the movie. For the film version, most of the script from the play is the same with even more settings such as Dodger Stadium and the Hollywood Park Racetrack. The house used in the film was at 1761 Vista Del Mar Avenue, in Hollywood.
The film has aired on Fox Movie Channel on various occasions.
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