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Only When I Laugh
     

Only When I Laugh

Director: Glenn Jordan, Vernon Lawrence

Cast: Glenn Jordan, Vernon Lawrence, Marsha Mason, Kristy McNichol

 
Playwright Neil Simon made one of his periodic forays into serious themes with the drama The Gingerbread Lady, and while this screen adaptation adds a bit more wit to the proceedings, it remains a change of pace from his usual breezy comedies. Georgia (Marsha Mason) is a successful actress who has just spent 90 days in a rehab clinic in an effort to beat her

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Playwright Neil Simon made one of his periodic forays into serious themes with the drama The Gingerbread Lady, and while this screen adaptation adds a bit more wit to the proceedings, it remains a change of pace from his usual breezy comedies. Georgia (Marsha Mason) is a successful actress who has just spent 90 days in a rehab clinic in an effort to beat her addiction to alcohol. A number of crises are waiting for Georgia upon her return; her teenage daughter Polly (Kristy McNichol), whom she neglected as a child, wants to move back in, though they still have a ways to go in repairing their relationship. And her ex-husband David (David Dukes), a writer, has just penned a new drama that he wants her to star in -- a fictionalized version of their often-combative marriage. Georgia also has to tend to her best friends, bitter socialite Toby (Joan Hackett) and Jimmy (James Coco), a gay actor who drowns his sorrows in food. Only When I Laugh garnered Oscar nominations for Mason, Coco, and Hackett, while the latter won a Golden Globe for her performance.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2016
UPC:
0043396491175
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
8,252

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marsha Mason Georgia
Kristy McNichol Polly
James Coco Jimmy
Joan Hackett Toby
David Dukes David
Kevin Bacon Don
John Bennett Perry Lou, the actor
Guy Boyd Man
Ed Moore Dr. Komack
Byron Webster Tom
Peter Coffield Mr. Tarloff
Mark Schubb Adam Kasabian
Venida Evans Nurse Garcia
Ellen La Gamba Receptionist
Henry Olek George the Director
Michael Ross Paul
John Vargas Manuel
Birdie M. Hale Super's Wife
Dan Monahan Jason
Nancy Nagler Heidi
Tom Ormeny Kyle
Rebecca Stanley Denise Summers

Technical Credits
Glenn Jordan Director
Vernon Lawrence Director,Producer
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Eric Chappell Screenwriter
David M. Haber Art Director
John Wright Editor
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger M. Rothstein Producer
David Shire Score Composer
Neil Simon Producer,Screenwriter
Jim Van Wyck Production Designer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer

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