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A Touch of Class (2002)

George Segal , Glenda Jackson , Melvin Frank  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Segal, Glenda Jackson, Paul Sorvino, K Callan, Cec Linder
  • Directors: Melvin Frank
  • Writers: Melvin Frank, Jack Rose, Marvin Frank
  • Producers: Melvin Frank, Peter Beale, Roger Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U2K5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,572 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Touch of Class" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

It's tame in hindsight, but A Touch of Class brought much-needed prestige to the romantic-comedy trend of the early and mid 1970s. Glenda Jackson won an Oscar® for her performance as a savvy London divorcée who falls in love with married insurance agent George Segal, and the film surprised critics by earning a Best Picture nomination as well. Chemistry's the key, with Jackson and Segal equally adept at bickering and making up (and she even has a gay male friend, long before that became a genre cliché). What begins as a routine affair--complicated by a wide spectrum of lightly comedic pitfalls--ends with mutual love and the dilemma it creates. Writer-director Melvin Frank keeps the dialogue briskly intelligent, and while he can't match Neil Simon word for word, Touch mines the same romantic territory that was perfected in Simon's later hit The Goodbye Girl. Consider them a fine double bill, with A Touch of Class ranking a respectable second. --Jeff Shannon

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George Segal, Glenda Jackson, Paul Sorvino. A married insurance executive and a divorced fashion designer embark on an illicit affair-but romance is not all that's in store for them. 1973/color/105 min/PG.

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this movie when it first came out in the 70's and have seen it many times on and off for years.
The movie is funny, but what makes it work is the two stars. George Segal (who never looked better) is in fine comedic form, and he and Glenda Jackson complement each other perfectly. She was especially singled out for critical acclaim -- some people compared her to Katharine Hepburn in Hepburn's comedic roles.
The movie also affords a look at London in the early 70's.
Because the actors work so well together, I would've liked a different (happier) ending for the movie. Still, after thirty years, "A Touch of Class" remains very watchable and poignant -- largely because of the two stars.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
...and I'm not easy to please. It's strange when you realize just how sexy George Segal was. But the movie is wonderfully written, sharp, smart and incredibly funny. I saw another reviewer liked The Goodbye Girl better. I prefered this...Sharper, more biting, less sentimental. That doesn't mean it's heartless or even cynical, just that it's lacking in syrup. George Segal and Glenda Jackson have the all the chemistry and the comedic chops (and then some) needed to make this movie work. This movie made me laugh a lot, was sexy enough to warm any cold night and smart enough to make me feel like the people who made it figured I had at least a high school education. How come comedic movies this smart don't get made by the major studios anymore?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have sophisticated comedy April 2, 2010
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A first rate comedy, with just a tough of pathos, and a British rather than American ending. George Segal gives a masterful performance, again working with one of the five best modern actresses (Glenda Jackson here and Jane Fonda in "Fun With Dick & Jane"). Jackson is in turns acerbic, sympathetic, and loving, a restrained, sophisticated performance, proving that great dramatic actresses can do good comedy. The story is well written and directed, as Segal's one night stand evolves into a relationship. Paul Sorvino gives a solid supporting performance. This is a movie for your permanent collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Touch of Class April 7, 2011
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One of our all time favourite movies, but we were disappointed with the quality of the print. The film had obviously been 'stretched' and the sound quality was poor. Seems that the transfer to DVD did not work well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny story of the man and the mistress February 9, 2009
This money shows the reality of having a mistress and not the glamorized version we see these days. this movie will keep you laughing throughout the whole movie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Sleaze. May 18, 2014
A TOUCH OF CLASS is a 1 hour and 46 minute color movie from 1973, starring George Segal (born 1934) and Glenda Jackson (born 1936). In a nutshell, two professional Londoners in their late 30s, interested in feeding their animal passions, decide to engage in a week of hanky-panky panky in a vacation resort in Spain. However, a series of improbable and amusing incidents sets up a variety of roadblocks to their plans. The screenplay is filled with lively barbs and amusing bickering.

The film begins with an aerial shot of the Thames River in London, with bridges at the center, castles to the left, and apartment buildings to the right. The first scene is in an urban park, with horseback riders, and a baseball game. One of the baseball players wears a sweatshirt reading, "HILLEL" (a Jewish organization) while another player has a shirt reading, "TURETSKY'S DELI" (Turetsky's Deli has no presence on the internet). Mr. Segal is in the outfield, about to catch a ball, and he trips over a boy. The boy is Jackson's son. "Give me my ball, will you lady," says Segal. "Give me my kid, will you mister, if you finish trampling on him, that is," returns Jackson, establishing the theme of good-natured barbs that pepper the entire screenplay. The umpire yells, "FAIR BALL." Then, Segal from the outfield, yells and screams, disagreeing with the umpire. Segal picks up the boy and brushes him off, demonstrating that he has an inherent good nature. Jackson is the first to flirt, and Segal immediately detects this flirt.

The next scene occurs in a rainstorm, perhaps a week later, when Segal and Jackson serendipitously meet while waiting for a taxi. Segal is the first to make a move, and he asks Jackson out for a date for afternoon tea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed everything including the music. August 8, 2013
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A touching, thought provoking comedy. My wife and I have watched this movie several times with friends and it always creates stimulating conversations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie June 8, 2013
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This is one of my mother's favorite movie and she loved seeing it again. The quality of film was in very good condition, it was just as if it were brand new.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny, engaging romantic comedy between a married man and ...
A funny, engaging romantic comedy between a married man and an unmarried woman. George Segal is charming, and Glenda Jackson won an academy award for best actress for her turn as... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite movies!
Having seen this film many decades ago, I was thrilled to finally have a copy of my own. Great film with two remarkable performances.
Published 2 months ago by Mark Del Vecchio
3.0 out of 5 stars You can't go home again!
We loved this movie when it first came out. Unfortunately, like us, it hasn't aged well. It seems to treat adultery as a minor problem. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bob and Jean
Loved it. Brought back old memories, but still so current today. I saw it as a new release in the cinema in the '70s, but it had my 30 year old daughter in tears in 2014.
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Sharkey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Class? I Didn't Get it.!
I order This DVD, Came in On Time. The Name of the Movie Does Not Match the Story of it!
Although it was Kind of a Real Life Story, But is not a the Kind of the Movie that I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shantal N.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Class
Good romantic movie. The song in the movie is one of my favorites. Recommend getting this before it goes out of print.
Published 6 months ago by peggyb
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dated
When I first saw this movie I would have given it 5 stars. Seeing it 40 years later it has lost some luster. But Segal and Jackson really worked well together. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MLE from NJ
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites
I saw this movie when it first appeared in theaters and then I bought the dvd as soon as it was available. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A voracious reader
3.0 out of 5 stars The Charm/Harm of infidelity
A bit long in the tooth, and burdened by the feigned sophistication of its principals, this is nonetheless a pleasant enough vehicle for two solid performers.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars oh heck
This movie was made in the 60's, I think, and read just like a 60's movie. I have to have a little more reality in acting when I watch movies. I tried... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Randy Thill
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