40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2002
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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.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2002
...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?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A TOUCH OF SLEAZE 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 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. Segal asks her if she is concerned about the inconvenience of a 4 o'clock tea date. Jackson responds, "Don't cross-examine me in the rain, I'll be there." This is another example of the gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) barbs that the pair exchanges with each other in this movie.
The next barbs are exchanged the following day at the tea date, when Jackson exclaims, "From the way you played baseball, obviously you don't do that for a living." Then, they describe their own marriages. Of his own marriage, Segal says, "We've been married for 11 years and in all that time, I've never been unfaithful to her in the same city." (This reminds me of a line from NORTH BY NORTHWEST, where Cary Grant says, "I never make love to a woman on an empty stomach." This line was spoken by Cary Grant, but the censors replaced the soundtrack with a different sentence.)
At twelve minutes into A TOUCH OF CLASS, the pair is already discussing "doing it." They migrate from the dining room of the hotel ot a bedroom suite upstairs. Jackson says, "You have brought me to this hideaway with the intention, I presume, of getting me into bed for what you men so charmingly call a quickie?" Segal responds, "Why do you women always think the worst? Why does sex always have to be the first thing that . . . YES!" Then, Jackson complains about the hotel room, referring to it as an "overworked little joy-station where the sheets haven't been changed in a week . . . and I have to be back in my office in, Christ, a half an hour." Jackson suggests that they have a tryst out of town. At 14 minutes into the movie, Segal has decided that the tryst will occur in Malaga, Spain. The next scene takes place in Jackson's office, which is in a company that manufactures knock-offs of clothing that had been designed by high-profile fashion designers. The movie does a good job at showing Jackson's work routine, and her interactions with her co-workers.
At 18 minutes into the movie, Segal is at the travel agent, and from that point on, until the end of the movie, the viewer is treated to an amusing romp of overblown misunderstandings, and amusing turns-of-fate that cause Segal and Jackson to be annoyed. For example, at the airport in London, Segal runs into a professional colleague (Walter) who is also booking a flight to Malaga. The result is that Segal must conceal the fact that he is with Jackson. This proves to be a challenging inconvenience to Segal, as he must conceal the fact that he is with Jackson, during the airplane flight, during his negotiations with rental car agency, and during his vacation activities in Malaga.
CONCLUSION. Although the script and the acting are excellent, and although the repartees and reposts were a pleasure to listen to and watch, what I found annoying was the unquestioned advocacy of hanky-panky. This unquestioned advocacy is a continual theme in this movie.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
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This DVD will not play on my Sony DVP-SR200P/B DVD Player (purchased a mere 2 years ago). Apparently, the DVD player only accepts NTSC format, whereas this DVD is PAL format. "All regions" it says in the product description. Really, Amazon ... do I need to research my DVD player vs the DVD format -- I've never even heard of NTSC or PAL! What totally burns me up is that it appears than Amazon will not let me return the DVD -- when I go the the "returns" page, the "reason for return" is greyed out, and clicking around puts me in an endless loop between the order and the returns. So I am feeling really, really ripped off. This is great movie, and I am really mad that I am not watching it right now, but BEWARE -- DVD purchasing is more complex than you might think, Amazon's descriptions do not warn of the pitfalls, and you can't return the DVD. (And just don't bother posting the snotty comments on how I should be reviewing the movie, not the format ... in this case, since you can't watch the show, the format is key).
Update: Wow! Someone actually reads these reviews! This morning's email contained a link for printing the Amazon return paperwork AND a notice that my money is being refunded! So I take back most of what I said about Amazon, although I do think that the "all regions" designation should be changed in the item description. 1-star for inadequate product description, but 5-stars+ for customer service!!!