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Fun with Dick and Jane (9-Feb-1977)

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Writers: Jerry Belson; Gerald Gaiser; David Giler; Mordecai Richler

Keywords: Comedy

An upper middle class couple living well beyond their means both lose their jobs. At a bank robbery they are taken hostage, accidentally ending up with some of the take. This gives them the idea for a new revenue stream, commencing an unlikely crime spree. But it is never enough! Good chemistry between Segal and Fonda. Inferior remake a quarter-century later, Fun with Dick and Jane (2005).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jean Carson
28-Feb-1923 2-Nov-2005 Fun girl Daphne
Thayer David
4-Mar-1927 17-Jul-1978 Jergens in Rocky
John Dehner
23-Nov-1915 4-Feb-1992 Carousel
Art Evans
27-Mar-1942   A Soldier's Story
Jane Fonda
21-Dec-1937   Barbarella
Dick Gautier
30-Oct-1931   Hymie on Get Smart
Ed McMahon
Talk Show Host
6-Mar-1923 23-Jun-2009 The Tonight Show
Anne Ramsey
1-Sep-1929 11-Aug-1988 Throw Momma from the Train
George Segal
13-Feb-1934   Fun with Dick and Jane
Maxine Stuart
28-Jun-1918 6-Jun-2013 Amanda Earp on The Rousters
Fred Willard
18-Sep-1933   Fernwood 2night


Review by anonymous (posted on 9-May-2005)

This film is a complete package. With its delicious opening credit sequence a pleasure in itself as it combines a totally appropriate and fun song (a rare thing)with tongue in cheek 'Dick and Jane' pages which set the scene for the film perfectly. The acting is all superb (even the dog) and the writing classic in its subtle humour. There is a smile in every second of this film and the opportunity for a solid belly laugh presents itself regularly throughout. There are no superfluous characters - every person counts and makes their contribution to the entire flawless creation. You may be able to tell that I like this film. I get bored very easily and this is one of the very few films that I will happily watch again and again, finding something new to savour every time. It is an intelligent, gentle classic film - an all time great with a subversive undertone to give an acid tang to what could have been syrupy sweetness in less skilled hands - here's hoping the 2005 version is even half as good as the original - but I doubt it.

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