The Serial

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There are no cliff-hanging moments in Serial, but there's plenty of laughs in this trenchant comedy comment on 1970s lifestyles. Martin Mull plays the father of a Marin County family that succumbs to every silly fad coming down the pike. Mull tries to distance himself from his family's idiocies, but it's always the man who pays the piper. The film, based on a collection of newspaper essays by Cyra McFadden, is neatly tied up with a Capraesque ending allowing Mull to finally prevail. Some of the best moments ...
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There are no cliff-hanging moments in Serial, but there's plenty of laughs in this trenchant comedy comment on 1970s lifestyles. Martin Mull plays the father of a Marin County family that succumbs to every silly fad coming down the pike. Mull tries to distance himself from his family's idiocies, but it's always the man who pays the piper. The film, based on a collection of newspaper essays by Cyra McFadden, is neatly tied up with a Capraesque ending allowing Mull to finally prevail. Some of the best moments involves Mull's tiltings with his trend-happy neighbor Bill Macy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2008
  • UPC: 844503000354
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Legend Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Mull Harvey Holroyd
Tuesday Weld Kate
Sally Kellerman Martha
Anthony Battaglia Stokeley
Nita Talbot Angela
Bill Macy Sam
Pamela Bellwood Carol
Barbara Rhoades Vivian
Ann Weldon Rachel
Peter Bonerz Leonard
Jon Fong Wong
Christopher Lee Luckman/Skull
Patch MacKenzie Stella
Tom Smothers Rev. Spike
Clark Brandon Spenser
Clyde Ventura Donald
Bob Balhat-Chet
Kenny Endoso
Anthony Fusco
Jennifer McAllister Joan
Sam Chew Bill
Stacey Nelkin Marlene
Paul Rossilli Paco
Kevin O'Brien Jim
Mark L. Taylor Cult Member 1
Donna Ponterotto Daphne
Lee Wilkof Brian
John Thompson Store Manager
Kevin Howard Roger
Robin Sherwood Woman
George American Horse Indian Chief
Peter Horton Cult Member 4
Buddy Joe Hooker Biker
Billy Sands Bartender
Mark Rasmussen Tony Wilson
Scott Paulin Hip Caterer
Steve Holladay Stunt Biker
Jophery Brown Stunt Biker
Bill Jelliffe Man on Ferry
Technical Credits
Bill Persky Director
Sidney Beckerman Producer
Michael Elias Screenwriter
Rich Eustis Screenwriter
Norman Gimbel Songwriter
Rexford Metz Cinematographer
Bruce Miller Musical Arrangement
Paul Dal Porto Set Decoration/Design
William Sandell Production Designer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer, Songwriter
Jerry Sobul Asst. Director
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
John W. Wheeler Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Serial
1. Main Title/Good Morning [11:16]
2. Love Talk [16:02]
3. Harvey's Family Matters [16:41]
4. The Negative Family Dynamic [10:17]
5. Extramarital Affairs [9:32]
6. Finding Kate [7:05]
7. Harvey's Break [7:58]
8. A Rough Business [6:49]
9. Reunion [6:31]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    Great underrated comedy!!

    This 1980 comedy can really be classified as a ''sleeper'' hit. It skewers the fad-happy Marin County of the late '70s which, ironically, helps it to become a timeless classic. Besides the main cast of stars Martin Mull, Sally Kellerman and Tuesday Weld, some veteran actors turn in their best performances: Bill Macy as the trendy neighbor Sam, Peter Bonerz as the hack psychiatrist Leonard, and the hilarious Tommy Smothers as the local guru, Reverend Spike. But best performance kudos go to the venerable Christopher Lee, who plays his typically stuffy proper Englishman, even in his role as the head of a gay motorcycle gang called ''The Road Reamers''. This is probably the strangest character of his career, and he clearly is having fun force-fitting the two personas together, which creates some of the most oft-quoted dialogue in film. Mull plays Harvey Holroyd, who is a fairly straight and down-to-earth banker in a town filled with flakes, trendy types, and hustlers looking to cash in on the next trend. His wife Kate, played by Weld, seems sensible enough. But she ultimately falls into the fad-chasing game, egged on by her loopy friend Martha (Kellerman), who changes husbands as often as clothing. Meanwhile, Holroyd's marriage is collapsing, his job is going nowhere, and his daughter is coerced into joining a cult. After taking himself through the wringer (and a nervous breakdown), he finally decides on a course of action to fix his and his family's life. Director Bill Persky expertly stitches together the wild and twisting action that brings the movie to an end, with some hilarious character conclusions. I whole-heartedly recommend this film to anyone with a wacky sense of humor and anyone who remembers Jazzercise, EST, pyramid power, transcendental meditation, and all the other silliness of the '70s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    This is the MOST under rated movie ever

    I first saw Serial in 1980...I have watched it 2 or 3 times a year ever since..You have to pay REALLY close attention because there are so many jokes in the movie that they are easy to miss..You need to watch it a few times before you see them all..Well worth seeing...

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