Perfect Couple

A Perfect Couple

Director: Robert Altman

Cast: Paul Dooley, Marta Heflin, Titos Vandis

     
 
Robert Altman cooled his "innovative" jets to make the innocuous romantic comedy A Perfect Couple. Marta Heflin plays a member of a boisterous rock group. Paul Dooley is a bashful bachelor from a tradition-bound Greek family. Heflin and Dooley meet via a computer dating

Overview

Robert Altman cooled his "innovative" jets to make the innocuous romantic comedy A Perfect Couple. Marta Heflin plays a member of a boisterous rock group. Paul Dooley is a bashful bachelor from a tradition-bound Greek family. Heflin and Dooley meet via a computer dating service, whereupon all the expected comedy setups avail themselves, though most of these setups are played as seriously as if this film were MacBeth. The best moments are the scenes with Heflin's musical group, though there are far too many of these. While Perfect Couple didn't make a dime, it still represents one of Altman's better "chamber" films.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A sweet, sedate, and more or less conventional film from Robert Altman, A Perfect Couple is an amiable and agreeable diversion that would have benefited from a stronger plot and greater exploration of its characters and themes. Couple has many of the ingredients that have clicked before in other romantic comedies, including a pair of lovers that seem to be quite mismatched on the surface but are a better match on the inside. Unfortunately, these ingredients used here lack the necessary flavor. Much of what works in the film are the rock band sequences, which are very lively and inspire some very fine work from cinematographer Edmond Koons. Koons' work is impressive throughout the film, but these segments really give him a chance to let go. Perhaps drawn to the power of the musical numbers, Altman overuses them at the expense of further exploring the main story line. Paul Dooley is quite engaging and helps to give the film a lot of its charm. Marta Heflin is also fine, but the part calls for someone who can be more effortlessly appealing. A minor effort from Altman, Couple is far from perfect but fairly pleasant.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
UPC:
0024543432722
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Perspective on Altman's Perfect Couple featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Dooley Alex Theodopoulos
Marta Heflin Sheila Shea
Titos Vandis Panos Theodopoulos
Belita Moreno Eleousa
Master Henry Gibson Fred Bott
Dimitra Arliss Athena
Allan Nicholls Dana 115
Ann Ryerson Skye 147, veterinarian
Mona Golabek Mona
Ted Neeley Teddy [Keepin' 'em Off The Streets]
Heather MacRae Mary [Keepin' 'em Off The Streets]
Tomi-Lee Bradley Sydney-Ray [Keepin' 'em Off The Streets]
Steven Sharp Bobbi [Keepin' 'em Off The Streets]
Fred Beir Actor
Tony Berg Lead Guitar and Musical Director [Keepin' 'em Off The
Melanie Bishop Star
Susan Blakeman Penelope Bott
Margery Bond Wilma
Craig Doerge Keyboards [Keepin' 'em Off The Streets]
Poppy Lagos Melpomeni Bott
Tom Pierson Conductor for Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Ren Woods Guest Appearance [Keepin' 'em Off The Streets]
Dennis Franz Costa
Terry Wills Ben

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Scott Bushnell Producer
Robert Gravenor Sound/Sound Designer
Edmond Koons Cinematographer
Tony Lombardo Editor
Allan Nicholls Score Composer,Screenwriter
Tommy Thompson Asst. Director,Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Perfect Couple
1. The Philharmonic/Main Titles [3:15]
2. Rained-Out Picnic [5:38]
3. The Drive Home [3:13]
4. Something's Got a Hold [5:46]
5. Different Worlds [6:08]
6. Sent Home With Sniffles [3:01]
7. Great Expectations [7:57]
8. Second Date, Saturday Night [9:14]
9. Won't Somebody Care [4:55]
10. Meeting New People [3:44]
11. Lies, Lies, Lies [3:32]
12. Emergency [2:50]
13. Realizing Love [6:27]
14. Meet the Family [4:32]
15. Skye 147 [3:49]
16. Featuring: Keepin' 'Em Off the Streets [3:58]
17. Searching for Sheila [8:06]
18. 18 Fall Tour 1979 [10:21]
19. Eleousa's Heart [4:04]
20. The Perfect Couple/End Titles [10:54]

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