The Last Married Couple in America (1980)

R | 103 mins | Romantic comedy | 8 February 1980

Director:

Gilbert Cates

Cinematographer:

Ralph Woolsey

Editor:

Peter E. Berger

Production Designer:

Gene Callahan

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

The Summary for this unviewed film was based on reviews in the 8 Feb 1980 NYT and the 6 Feb 1980 Var. The credits are derived from official Universal Studios cast and crew information in AMPAS library files.
       Per the Universal Studios information and the Var review, the last name of the characters played by Natalie Wood and George Segal is “Thomson,” however, the last name of the fictional couple’s three children is credited as “Thompson.”
       An item in the 22 Jan 1979 HR reported that principal photography began that day in Los Angeles, CA. Production information in AMPAS library files also noted that interior shots were filmed on the Universal Studios lot. The 30 Mar 1979 HR stated that principal photography was complete.
       The 2 Nov 1979 HR announced that The Last Married Couple in America would be released on 8 Feb 1980. The film opened to generally negative reviews, and an article in the 16 Jun 1980 Village Voice termed the film an “out-and-out flop” in its list of 1980 releases to ... More Less

The Summary for this unviewed film was based on reviews in the 8 Feb 1980 NYT and the 6 Feb 1980 Var. The credits are derived from official Universal Studios cast and crew information in AMPAS library files.
       Per the Universal Studios information and the Var review, the last name of the characters played by Natalie Wood and George Segal is “Thomson,” however, the last name of the fictional couple’s three children is credited as “Thompson.”
       An item in the 22 Jan 1979 HR reported that principal photography began that day in Los Angeles, CA. Production information in AMPAS library files also noted that interior shots were filmed on the Universal Studios lot. The 30 Mar 1979 HR stated that principal photography was complete.
       The 2 Nov 1979 HR announced that The Last Married Couple in America would be released on 8 Feb 1980. The film opened to generally negative reviews, and an article in the 16 Jun 1980 Village Voice termed the film an “out-and-out flop” in its list of 1980 releases to date. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jan 1979.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Mar 1979.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 1979.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Feb 1980
p. 22.
Los Angeles Times
8 Feb 1980
p. 7.
New York Times
8 Feb 1980
p. 12.
Variety
6 Feb 1980
p. 20.
Village Voice
16 Jun 1980.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Co-starring:
Party guests:
[and]
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Universal, An MCA Company Presents
A Cates Brothers/Edward S. Feldman Production
A Gilbert Cates Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Gaffer
Key grip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
Natalie Wood's and Valerie Harper's cost
Asst cost des
Cost supv
Cost supv
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd re-rec
Sd eff ed
Loop dial ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Title des
Titles & opt eff
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup for George Segal
Makeup for Natalie Wood
Makeup
Hairstylist for Natalie Wood
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Prod assoc
Mari's scupltures by
Scr supv
Prod asst
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
MUSIC
Classical selection: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Clarinet Concerto in A Major
" Felix Mendelssohn, "Italian Symphony #4
" Franz Joseph Haydn, "Piano Sonata - F Major
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MUSIC
Classical selection: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Clarinet Concerto in A Major
" Felix Mendelssohn, "Italian Symphony #4
" Franz Joseph Haydn, "Piano Sonata - F Major
" Alexander Borodin, "Polovetzian Dances."
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SONGS
"We Could Have It All," performed by Maureen McGovern, lyrics by Norman Gimble, music by Charles Fox
"Got To Be Real," performed by Cheryl Lynn, courtesy CBS Records
"Do You Think I'm Sexy," performed by Rod Stewart, courtesy Warner Bros. Records.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 February 1980
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 8 February 1980
Production Date:
22 January--late March 1979 in Los Angeles, CA
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 January 1980
Copyright Number:
PA57932
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex camera by Panavision
Duration(in mins):
103
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
02118
SYNOPSIS

Mari and Jeff Thomson are a happily married couple living in Los Angeles, California. He is a successful architect, she is a sculptor, and they have three small children. Mari and Jeff believe their friends are equally content, until every couple they know starts getting divorced. When Donald and Reggie, the homosexual couple living down the street, separate, Mari and Jeff wonder if they are the only couple still married in America. They cannot understand why they remain happy together while their friends’ marriages fall apart. The couple is surrounded by divorcing friends, divorce lawyers, and a pair of “swingers,” who add spice to their relationship by husband and wife swapping. A misunderstanding involving Barbara, an aggressive divorcee, leads Jeff and Mari to separate. However, the couple eventually realizes the value of their traditional marriage, love prevails, and they ... +


Mari and Jeff Thomson are a happily married couple living in Los Angeles, California. He is a successful architect, she is a sculptor, and they have three small children. Mari and Jeff believe their friends are equally content, until every couple they know starts getting divorced. When Donald and Reggie, the homosexual couple living down the street, separate, Mari and Jeff wonder if they are the only couple still married in America. They cannot understand why they remain happy together while their friends’ marriages fall apart. The couple is surrounded by divorcing friends, divorce lawyers, and a pair of “swingers,” who add spice to their relationship by husband and wife swapping. A misunderstanding involving Barbara, an aggressive divorcee, leads Jeff and Mari to separate. However, the couple eventually realizes the value of their traditional marriage, love prevails, and they reunite. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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