Seize the Day

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,...
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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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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • UPC: 012233387322
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Monterey Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,298

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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Scene Selection
   Robin Williams Career Highlights
   Actor Biographies
      Glenne Headly Bio
      Tony Roberts Bio
      Jerry Stiller Bio
      Robin Williams Bio
   Behind the Scenes
   Saul Bellow Bio
   Study Guide
   Other DVDs
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