Cheaper to Keep Her (film)

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Cheaper to Keep Her
Cheaper to Keep Her (1981) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by Lenny Isenberg
Written by Timothy Harris
Herschel Weingrod
Starring Mac Davis
Tovah Feldshuh
Jack Gilford
Rose Marie
Music by Dick Halligan
Cinematography Roland 'Ozzie' Smith
Edited by Edward Warschilka
Distributed by American Cinema Releasing
Release date
  • March 13, 1981 (1981-03-13)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Cheaper to Keep Her is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ken Annakin, which starred singer-turned-actor Mac Davis alongside Tovah Feldshuh.


William "Bill" Dekker (Davis) is a newly divorced swinger who goes to work for an attorney (Feldshuh) as an investigator. His assignments have him tracking down divorced men who have reneged on their alimony and child-support payments, a twist of irony considering not only his chauvinistic tendencies, but also the fact that he is himself relying on the money he receives from his assignments to cover his own alimony payments. The film takes its title from the song of the same name, which can be heard over the opening credits.


Availability and critical reception[edit]

Cheaper to Keep Her is considered a hard-to-find film.

Critical reaction to the film has been overwhelmingly negative. Leonard Maltin rated it a bomb, while the reviewing duo of Mick Martin and Marsha Porter labeled it a turkey.[citation needed]

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