Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures

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For the Neil Simon play of the same name, see I Ought to Be in Pictures.
Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Herbert Ross
Produced by Herbert Ross
Neil Simon
Written by Play:
Neil Simon
Screenplay:
Neil Simon
Starring
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Edited by Sidney Levin
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
March 26, 1982
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6,968,359

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.

Plot[edit]

A 19-year-old Brooklynite, Libby Tucker (Dinah Manoff), visiting her dead grandma's grave at a New York cemetery, reveals that she is moving to Hollywood to become an actress and find her father, screenwriter Herbert Tucker. Libby takes a 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 where Herb lives and meets his girlfriend, Steffy Blondell (Ann-Margret), who invites Libby inside. After becoming acquainted and learning the reason why Libby is in town, Steffy needs to leave. Herb Tucker (Walter Matthau) awakens to find Libby after a 16-year gap in their lives. The two chat about their pasts and Libby fills Herb in on the family he left behind, including her younger brother Robbie. The two eventually begin arguing about Libby's goal of becoming an actress just as Steffy returns, and Libby runs out of the house.

Herb tracks down Libby at a motel and eventually persuades her to come back to live at his house. They begin to get along, although the high-strung Libby also begins to realize that Herb is not nearly as successful in Hollywood as she had assumed he was. He is also on the verge of losing Steffy, who has been asked on a date by another man and has been waiting a long time for Herb to make a commitment.

A studio makeup artist, Steffy helps out Libby by arranging for her go to a drama school. Libby meets a young man named Gordon there and together they take a part-time job doing valet parking at a celebrity-filled private party. Libby comes home at 3 a.m. and tells Herb about putting business cards on car windshields reading "Sunset Valet Parking. No party is too big or too small" on the front and "Libby Tucker, New York-Trained Actress. No part is too big or too small" on the back with her phone number included. He tells her that there is no chance of this helping her to become an actress, but Libby clings to her optimistic dreams.

Libby realizes more and more that her trip's true purpose was to reestablish a relationship with her father. She decides to return home. After packing up, Libby makes a long-distance phone call to her mom and gets Herbert to talk to her for the first time in 16 years. He speaks with her brother Robbie as well.

Libby goes back home after taking Herb's picture for a keepsake. On the bus, she waves goodbye to Herb and Steffy, who appear to have worked out their differences.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

"One Hello" was performed at the end of the movie by Randy Crawford and written by Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch.[1] 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[edit]

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 was the only cast member to reprise her role in the movie.[2] 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.

Reception[edit]

The film had an opening weekend gross of $2,170,397 in the United States.[3] It would go on to make $6,968,359[3] in six weeks.

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert selected the film as one of the worst of the year in a 1982 episode of Sneak Previews.[4]

Availability[edit]

I Ought to Be in Pictures was released on VHS by CBS Fox Video on December 1, 1982.[5] It had never been released on DVD or Blu-Ray until March 31, 2015.The movie is available for streaming on Netflix.

The film has aired on Fox Movie Channel on various occasions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stubblebine, Donald J. (1991). Cinema Sheet Music: A Comprehensive Listing of Published Film Music From "Squaw Man" (1914) to "Batman" (1989). McFarland. p. 179. ISBN 0-89950-569-4. 
  2. ^ Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures at the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ a b I Ought to Be in Pictures at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ Sneak Previews: Worst of 1982
  5. ^ "I Ought to Be in Pictures (VHS, 1982)". amazon.com. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 

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