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Those Lips, Those Eyes
     

Those Lips, Those Eyes

Director: Michael Pressman, Frank Langella, Glynnis O'Connor, Tom Hulce

Cast: Michael Pressman, Frank Langella, Glynnis O'Connor, Tom Hulce

 
Obviously a labor of love for all concerned, Those Lips, Those Eyes is set in the 1950s. Pre-med student Thomas Hulce takes a job as a prop boy at an Ohio summer-stock theatre. His ineptitude nearly costs him his job, but Hulce is protected by Frank Langella, the troupe's leading man. Langella's character is instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever worked in

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Obviously a labor of love for all concerned, Those Lips, Those Eyes is set in the 1950s. Pre-med student Thomas Hulce takes a job as a prop boy at an Ohio summer-stock theatre. His ineptitude nearly costs him his job, but Hulce is protected by Frank Langella, the troupe's leading man. Langella's character is instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever worked in community or summer theatre: possessed of more charm than talent, he is a "star" only so long as he remains a big fish in a small pond. While any other film might turn this character into a loser or villain, Langella emerges as the most likeable person in Those Lips, Those Eyes, especially when he orchestrates a romance between Hulce and chorus dancer Glynnis O'Connor. Almost as good as Langella, though not quite as lovable, is Jerry Stiller as Hulce's abrasive father.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those Lips, Those Eyes is a charming little film. If it somehow manages to never become any more than that, it also manages to travel some familiar territory without wearing out its welcome. Lips is awash in nostalgia, in dreams of a bygone era -- not an era tied to a specific time period (in spite of its '50s setting), but to that time in a person's life when he is on the cusp, learning about life's rules even as he has to decide if he wants to follow them or make his own. The movie imbues this era with a warm glow, and if it slides into sentimentality at times, it does so in a way that is easy to take. Credit for this is split between scenarist David Shaber and director Michael Pressman. The former takes fairly clichéd moments and writes them with enough conviction that they have a fresh tinge; the latter, meanwhile, handles them with a deft touch that enhances them. They're aided enormously by Frank Langella's entrancing, delightful performance as the star-that-never-will-be and by Glynnis O'Connor's worldly-but-innocent chorus girl. Tom Hulce, in the crucial central role, lacks sufficient charm and command, but Lips overcomes this detriment somehow, helped along by nice turns from Jerry Stiller and, especially, Kevin McCarthy. Sweet and modest, Those Lips, Those Eyes is an engaging way to waste a couple of hours.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2011
UPC:
0883904241607
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Mgm Mod
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
19,426

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Langella Harry Crystal
Glynnis O'Connor Ramona
Tom Hulce Artie Shoemaker
George Morfogen Sherman Spratt
Jerry Stiller Mr. Shoemaker
Rose Arrick Mrs. Shoemaker
Herbert Berghof Dr. Julius Fuldauer
Kevin McCarthy Mickey Bellinger
William Robertson Mr. Henry
Joseph Maher Fibby Geyer
Marshall Colt Cooky
David Adams Actor
Susan Berlin Actor
Jordan Charney Professor
Nancy Glass Actor
Mark Keyloun Hlavacek
Steve Levitt Westervelt
Anthony Mannino D'Angeli
Jodi Moccia Actor
Steve Nevil Stage Manager
Jamie Anderson Actor
Chiara Peacock Actor
Michael Small Conductor

Technical Credits
Michael Pressman Director,Producer
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
Cloudia Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Herndon Production Designer
Herb Jaffe Executive Producer
Steven Charles Jaffe Producer
Millie Moore Editor
Blake Russell Set Decoration/Design
David Shaber Screenwriter
Michael Small Score Composer
Edward Teets Associate Producer

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