Seize the Day

Seize the Day

Director: Fielder Cook

Cast: Fielder Cook, Robin Williams, Jerry Stiller, Joseph Wiseman

     
 

The PBS series Great Performances first presented the made-for-TV feature Seize the Day. The time is the success-driven '50s; Robin Williams plays Tommy Wilhelm, a middle-ager who has just lost his salesman's job. Margaret, his wife (Katherine Borowitz), is on the verge of divorce and…  See more details below

Overview

The PBS series Great Performances first presented the made-for-TV feature Seize the Day. The time is the success-driven '50s; Robin Williams plays Tommy Wilhelm, a middle-ager who has just lost his salesman's job. Margaret, his wife (Katherine Borowitz), is on the verge of divorce and fully intends to take him to the cleaners whether he has an income or not. Doctor Adler (Joseph Wiseman), Tommy's judgmental father, cannot abide having a failure in the family and refuses to lend his son a single penny. In desperation, Tommy heads to New York City, where his old wheeler-dealer pal Dr. Tamkin (Jerry Stiller) has promised him a job. Even there, however, Tommy is defeated by the cold-shoulder treatment afforded him by the people whose opinions he values most. Seize the Day was adapted by Ronald Ribman from the novel by Saul Bellow.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
UPC:
0012233387322
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Monterey Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
15,827

Special Features

Williams career highlights; Behind the scenes; Actor biographies; Saul Bellow bio; Study guide

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Tommy Wilhelm
Jerry Stiller Dr. Tamkin
Joseph Wiseman Dr. Adler
Glenne Headly Olive
William Hickey Perls
Tony Roberts Bernie Pell
Tom Aldredge Rappaport
Rose Arrick Waitress
Saul Bellow Man in Hallway
Katherine Borowitz Margaret
Fran Brill Mother
Kent Broadhurst Trader #3
James Cahill Phil
Mildred Clinton Woman #2
Harry Davis Elderly Man
William Duell Joey
O.L. Duke Funeral Home Attendant
John Fiedler Carl
Fyvush Finkel Shomier
Walter Gorney Panhandler
Louis Guss Rubin
Eileen Heckart Funeral Woman #1
Jayne Heller Mrs. Adler
Carl Low Rowland
Elizabeth Perry Funeral Woman #2
Joe Sharkey Trader #2
Richard B. Shull Rojax
Stephen Strimpell Stockbroker
Allen Swift Maurice Venice
Paula Trueman Woman #1
Jo Van Fleet Mrs. Einhorn
Steve Vinovich Zeigler

Technical Credits
Fielder Cook Director
Eric Van Haren Noman Cinematographer
Ronald Ribman Screenwriter
Elizabeth Swados Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Cutting the Ties [6:37]
2. Road Memories [4:09]
3. New York City [4:08]
4. Poker Philosophy [4:30]
5. Opportunities? [7:14]
6. Commodities [9:00]
7. Breakfast and Investing [6:02]
8. Hollywood Dreams [7:47]
9. Father and Son [8:54]
10. The Market [9:12]
11. Cafeteria Philosophy [5:47]
12. Cigars [4:18]
13. Chasing Tempkin [7:33]
14. A Phone Call [5:22]

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