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|Cary Grant||Sir William Rutland|
|Samantha Eggar||Christine Easton|
|Jim Hutton||Steve Davis|
|John Standing||Julius P. Haversack|
|Miiko Taka||Aiko Kurawa|
|Ted Hartley||Yuri Andreyovitch|
|Ben A. Astar||Dimitri|
|George Takei||Police Captain|
|Teru Shimada||Mr. Kurawa|
|Lois Kiuchi||Mrs. Kurawa|
|Robert Kino||Assistant Manager|
|Frank Kumagai||Plain Clothesman|
|Miko Mayama||Japanese Waitress|
|Monty O'Grady||Ad Libs|
|Bob Okazaki||Plant Manager|
|Peggy Rea||Russian Shot Putter|
|Yoko Tani||Bath Attendant|
|James Yagi||Rutland's Driver|
|C.K. Yang||Chinese Athlete|
|Morton Haack||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Quincy Jones||Score Composer|
|George R. Nelson||Set Decoration/Design|
|Robert Priestley||Set Decoration/Design|
|Robert Russell||Original Story|
|Sol C. Siegel||Producer|
|James D. Wells||Editor|
|Joseph C. Wright||Production Designer|
Posted October 1, 2010
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Whilst it may not be Cary Grant's utter best film (that title would have to go to films such as "The Philadelphia Story"), "Walk Don't Run" is still a movie worth mentioning. It is Grant's final movie and as a goodbye to the cinema screen, his character (Sir William Rutland) does not get the girl in this one.
Instead, he plays matchmaker to the two other characters, Conservative Englishwoman, Christine (played by Samantha Eggar) and the American Architect-athlete, Steve (played by Jim Hutton, Timothy Hutton's father).
The story follows Rutland, an older businessman who has come to Tokyo for the Olympics three days early. Naturally, all hotels are packed and his reservation isn't free for another three days. That's the starting point that leads him to share Christine's apartment, and then later Rutland lets half of his half to Steve.without the landlady's permission; which of course leads to hilarity and a few arguments.
All three of the main characters are charming in their own right. Grant is his own wonderful self as always and can bring laugher with the simplest facial expressions. Jim Hutton brings to mind a younger (and somewhat more attractive) Jimmie Stewart, playing Steve to a simple kind of all-American no-nonsense hero, who is a secret romantic at heart. While Samantha Eggar is beautiful edition, with her own tight-lipped English appeal. The sexual tension between Christine and Steve has its funny moments as well as some hot "oh my goodness there's no way this was made in the sixties" moments.
Overall, it's a fun movie. Not exactly a chick flick, and not exactly a classic. It holds its own and contains some great dialog, wonderful chemistry between the leading stars and a cleverly put together love story. And if you're a fan of Carey Grant movies, than it's definitely a must see!
Posted July 5, 2009
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