Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing

Overview

Filmed in 1971 under the title The Widower, Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing finally reached the screen in 1973. Set in Spain, the film stars Timothy Bottoms as the aimless son of doctor Charles Baxter. While bicycling through the Spanish countryside, Charles makes the acquaintance of much-older Lila Maggie Smith. He falls in love with her, but she is resistant. Eventually touched by Charles' clumsy sincerity, Lila invites him to bed. The film then wanders into Love Story territory when Lila is afflicted by...
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Overview

Filmed in 1971 under the title The Widower, Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing finally reached the screen in 1973. Set in Spain, the film stars Timothy Bottoms as the aimless son of doctor Charles Baxter. While bicycling through the Spanish countryside, Charles makes the acquaintance of much-older Lila Maggie Smith. He falls in love with her, but she is resistant. Eventually touched by Charles' clumsy sincerity, Lila invites him to bed. The film then wanders into Love Story territory when Lila is afflicted by a terminal illness. Director Alan J. Pakula completed Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing during the "cooling off" period between his more famous Klute 1971 and The Parallax View 1974.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's so much that works in Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing that it's a shame the film runs off its rails in the last third. Up until that point, director Alan J. Pakula and screenwriter Alvin Sargent have created an endearing, funny, bittersweet romance that, while it doesn't really break any new territory and holds few surprises, is enormously pleasing. The creators treat us to the familiar sight of two misfits coming to realize that they were meant for each other; it's so rarely true in life, but when granted such careful handling, makes for a lovely film. Sargent gives his couple all the right kind of quirks and lets them spout lines that win the audience over with ease. And then it all goes awry when the film decides to take a page out of Love Story. Things never recover after that, but even so, there's enough good that has come beforehand to make Pain worth seeing. And despite the plot twists, nothing stops the indomitable Maggie Smith, turning in another performance that is nothing short of delicious. As her partner, Timothy Bottoms has to struggle to keep up, but he manages to do a more than decent job.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 043396418776
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,179

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maggie Smith LIla Fisher
Timothy Bottoms Walter Elbertson
Emiliano Redondo The Spanish Gentleman
Charles Baxter Dr. Elbertson
Lloyd Brimhall Carl
Margaret Modlin Mrs. Elbertson
Elmer Modlin Dr. Edelheidt
May Heatherly Melanie Elbertson
Andres Monreal Tourist Guide
Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director, Producer
Enrique Alarcon Art Director
Russell Lloyd Editor
Tom Pevsner Associate Producer
Germinal Rangel Costumes/Costume Designer
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Tom Simpson Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Small Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing
1. Chapter 1 [10:13]
2. Chapter 2 [10:46]
3. Chapter 3 [9:30]
4. Chapter 4 [10:12]
5. Chapter 5 [10:14]
6. Chapter 6 [8:45]
7. Chapter 7 [11:44]
8. Chapter 8 [9:20]
9. Chapter 9 [9:34]
10. Chapter 10 [9:22]
11. Chapter 11 [9:53]
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Disc #1 -- Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing
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