Fun with Dick and Jane (1977 film)

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Fun with Dick and Jane
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Ted Kotcheff
Produced by Peter Bart
Max Palevsky
Screenplay by David Giler
Jerry Belson
Mordecai Richler
Story by Gerald Gaiser
Starring George Segal
Jane Fonda
Music by Ernest Gold
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Edited by Danford B. Greene
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 9, 1977 (1977-02-09)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget USD$3 million

Fun with Dick and Jane is a 1977 American comedy film starring George Segal and Jane Fonda. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, the film is caustically critical of the "anarchy" of the American way of life.

The character names come from the Dick and Jane series of children's educational books, and the title is taken from the title of one of the books in the series.

Plot[edit]

An upper-middle-class couple, Dick and Jane Harper, hit a hump in living the good life when the husband loses his job. Falling through the cracks of society in the United States, they become high-class thieves to get back all they have lost.

Dick Harper is a successful aerospace engineer in Los Angeles, where he and wife Jane have a lovely house, with a swimming pool and new lawn under way. Due to financial reversals at the agency, however, Dick's boss, Charlie Blanchard, suddenly fires him.

Dick and Jane owe more than $70,000 and abruptly have no income. His attempts to find other gainful employment fail. Jane lands a fashion modeling appearance at a restaurant that becomes a fiasco. Dick ends up applying for unemployment and food stamps, while Jane's wealthy parents, rather than help, advise them to use this experience positively as a life lesson.

Unable to come up with any other solution to their problems, Dick and Jane turn to a life of crime. They make an effort to select their victims judiciously, robbing the telephone company, for instance, which makes customers in line cheer. In time, Dick and Jane weigh their guilty consciences against their needs, trying to get their old lives back and keep out of jail.

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Reception[edit]

Fun with Dick and Jane received mixed reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews.[2]

Remake[edit]

A remake, also entitled Fun with Dick and Jane was released in 2005, starring Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni.

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