Fun with Dick and Jane (1977 film)
|Fun with Dick and Jane|
|Directed by||Ted Kotcheff|
|Produced by||Peter Bart
|Screenplay by||David Giler
|Story by||Gerald Gaiser|
|Music by||Ernest Gold|
|Cinematography||Fred J. Koenekamp|
|Edited by||Danford B. Greene|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
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.
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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.
- George Segal as Dick Harper
- Jane Fonda as Jane Harper
- Ed McMahon as Charlie Blanchard
- Dick Gautier as Dr. Will
- Allan Miller as Loan company manager
- Hank Garcia as Raoul Esteban
- John Dehner as Jane's father
- Mary Jackson as Jane's mother
- Walter Brooke as Mr. Weeks
- Sean Frye as Billy
- Fred Willard as Bob
- Thayer David as Deacon
- Burke Byrnes as Roger
- Dewayne Jesse as Robber
- Anne Ramsey as Employment applicant
- Jon Christian Erickson as Transsexual
- Jay Leno (uncredited) as Carpenter
- McMahon, Ed; Fisher, David (1998). For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times. New York: Warner Books. ISBN 9780446523707.