Loving Couples (1980 film)

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Loving Couples
Loving Couples.jpg
Promotional film poster
Directed by Jack Smight
Produced by David Susskind
Written by Martin Donovan
Starring Shirley MacLaine
James Coburn
Susan Sarandon
Stephen Collins
Music by Fred Karlin
Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop
Edited by Frank J. Urioste
Time-Life Films
Distributed by 20th-Century Fox
Release dates
  • October 24, 1980 (1980-10-24)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Loving Couples is a 1980 American romantic comedy film written by Martin Donovan and directed by Jack Smight.

It stars Shirley MacLaine, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon and Stephen Collins.

The plot offers a comic spin on adultery. When Greg crashes his sports car, doctor Evelyn comes to his rescue, and the two soon are engaged in an affair. Evelyn's workaholic husband learns about it from Greg's live-in girlfriend, scatterbrained television weather girl Stephanie, and the two begin to engage in a dalliance of their own. Complications arise when the two couples plan a clandestine weekend getaway at the same Acapulco resort.

Production notes[edit]

The scenes in Mexico actually were shot in San Diego, California, and the hotel interiors were filmed at the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The film grossed $2,806,659 in the US.

Together with A Change of Seasons, the film was one of two 1980 20th Century Fox releases starring Shirley MacLaine that dealt with the subject of marital infidelity.

Principal cast[edit]


  • "And So It Begins," lyrics by Norman Gimbel, music by Fred Karlin, performed by Syreeta
  • "I'll Make It with Your Love," lyrics by Gimbel, music by Karlin, performed by Billy Preston
  • "Take Me Away," lyrics by Dean Pitchford, music by Karlin, performed by The Temptations
  • "There's More Where That Came From," lyrics by Pitchford, music by Karklin, performed by The Temptations
  • "Turn Up the Music," lyrics by Pitchford, music by Karlin, performed by Syreeta
  • "Bass Odyssey," lyrics and music by Gregory Wright, performed by Jermaine Jackson

Critical reception[edit]

In her review in the New York Times, Janet Maslin called the film "a flat, lifeless movie . . . about as uneventful and unromantic as a romantic comedy can be" and added, "it never creates the impression that any of the lovers much care about one another, or even that they're people at all." [1]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "a dumb remake of a very old idea that has been done so much better so many times before, that this version is wretchedly unnecessary . . . the whole project smells like high-gloss sitcom." [2]

Variety opined, "Direction by Jack Smight is assured and never lags. MacLaine is in top form, sassy and sweet in turn. Coburn delivers a casually effective light comedy performance. Sarandon is topnotch." [3]

Time Out New York says it "subscribes to conventions as old as the hills and twice as rocky, burying any hints of feminist awareness beneath the routines of macho courtship. Faced with direction paced at a lethargic crawl and dialogue of inconceivable banality, the cast respond with performances of glazed charm." [4]


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