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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned fun
I'll watch any movie that has Maggie Smith and Michael Caine together; their comedic chemistry is strongly reminiscent of William Powell/Myrna Loy. It's also nice to see James Spader in a comic role, which he handles quite well.

This is a very entertaining, light-hearted movie which wears well over more than one viewing. The only part of the plot that...
Published on March 21, 2008 by libriarsque

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This film was funny and very different. Wonderful to see Maggie Smith and Michael Cain together with James Spader equally matching them in the acting department. A plesant enough way to spend a spare hour or so.
Published on January 11, 2007 by Lympy


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned fun, March 21, 2008
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I'll watch any movie that has Maggie Smith and Michael Caine together; their comedic chemistry is strongly reminiscent of William Powell/Myrna Loy. It's also nice to see James Spader in a comic role, which he handles quite well.

This is a very entertaining, light-hearted movie which wears well over more than one viewing. The only part of the plot that ever-so-slightly annoys (at least, it does me) is that the girlfriend, played by Polly Walker, never gives Spader's character a chance to explain; she always interrupts him, then runs away. But of course, that in itself provides some of the "conflict" in what would otherwise be a mere piece of fluff.

This DVD is worth purchasing for Caine and Smith alone, and also for those of us who love old-fashioned fun.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore!, February 27, 2008
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Be prepared to laugh. It is always a joy to watch Maggie Smith and Michael Caine play off each other. They are so accomplished. James Spaeder does a very good job holding his own with these two. This is not the average love story. After all there is nothing average about a ghost couple with a history of fireworks in their relationship. They have a lot to teach, and do it well just being themselves. In spite of the fact that everything seems to go constantly awry, all that unseen "help", Spaeder's character proves to be a clumsy but apt pupil. Just a pleasure to watch.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curtain Call, May 6, 2000
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A delightful romantic comedy with the talented James Spader, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, and even Sam Sheppard, it is set in Manhattan, with a lovely old home furnished in fabulous antiques, including two ghosts who were famous theatrical personalities in life. Spader inspires giggles with another of his always surprising comedic presentations, especially in his "fright" when the ghosts appear. The music is warm and the characters are rich. The dialogue is bright. The film offers a beautiful fantasy escape to upper class New York and a look into the publishing business - enjoy it with a glass or two of wine, and it will seem very believable.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-acted comedy romance, August 10, 2000
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There are actually two romances going on here, although the younger couple, which consists of Stevenson Lowe (James Spader), a young and successful 4th generation publisher, and his girlfriend Julia have quite a time of it just trying to come together! She wants him to marry her, but the old home he has just purchased has a few resident ghosts whom he needs to deal with first. Because to some degree they have contributed to his rift with Julia, (she says several times "I just don't want this" in confronting Stevenson's seeming inability to commit himself) the ghost couple also go to great lengths to bring the two of them together. However, there is another woman in the picture, one which Stevenson likes but not romantically and, well, things gets good and complicated down this path. Meanwhile, the ghosts, Max and Lily Gale, stage performers in their previous lives, dead as they are, have much to work on in mending their own age old romance. The acting is superb. The customes are posh if adequate. The story is original and thoughtful, and warm, it feels real, in spite of the infighting spirits. And -- a big plus -- the language is clean. It's a feel good movie. It's a great movie, bound to become a classic.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curtain Call, January 11, 2007
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A Fun and Funny love story. Caine & Smith are fabulous as always. Recalls the Topper movie and TV series. It's great seeing James Spader in a comedic role again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curtain Calls, September 16, 2005
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James Spader in a refreshing light-hearted comedy??

Without nudity and lots of sex?? Is it any good?? YES!!

I was overly pleased with Spader's antics. I had no idea he was good with anything physical above the eyebrows (graymatter). And these supporting actors are without equal. It's a sweet, fun script that flies by which you'll have to watch again - and show it to friends.

JDB 'movie taster'
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, January 11, 2007
This review is from: Curtain Call (DVD)
This film was funny and very different. Wonderful to see Maggie Smith and Michael Cain together with James Spader equally matching them in the acting department. A plesant enough way to spend a spare hour or so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic that did not make it, August 15, 2013
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There is always a reason why a classic movie does not make much money. For instance, White Nights (1985) came in Britain when Communism still had a voice, the movie had poor reviews from the far-left - and they were wrong; The Name Of The Rose was seen in less than 200 theaters instead of over 3,700 for the horrible Da Vinci Code. In the case of Curtain Call, I guess it was poorly rated because there is a dialog. We are not used to it any more. Since the 1960s, the movie heroes do not talk and never listen. In this movie, you have to pay attention to what the actors say: the dialog is witty and sometimes profound. You can guess that the director is not culturally young. Indeed the brilliant Peter Yates (Bullitt, The Dresser) was 70 years old when he made this beautiful but old-fashioned movie.
The story
This is a romantic comedy. Stevenson (Spader) is a young publisher who just bought a furnished 1930s' house. He is afraid of commitment and his girlfriend is tired of waiting to be asked. The house has two bickering ghosts (Caine and Smith). One encourages him to be a philanderer, the other pleads for romantic love. Stevenson has trouble in his job too: the new owner wants to publish bestsellers with little concession to literature. You can guess that he feels very lonely, because while complaining about the ghosts, he calls them when he comes back home. So we follow two love stories: the story of Stevenson and the story of the ghosts.
The actors
The whole cast is perfect, the style of James Spader contrasts pleasantly with the style of Caine and Maggie Smith, it is a real pleasure to see their work. In a small role, Frances Sternhagen is delightful.
The house
Ah, the house is so perfectly furnished you will want to stop the movie and look at some of the artwork.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!, February 27, 2011
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This could have gotten 5 stars...if Hollywood would learn that you don't need to infuse bedding one another and fowl language to "enhance" a good plot! The plot is charming, but it is insulting to have to sit through cursing and a couple bed scenes thrown in for....who knows why they throw them in! The acting is great with legendary Michael Caine and Maggie Smith as the two battling spouses/ghosts. Almost well-done from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars maggie smith is wonderful, April 5, 2013
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the movie is good clean fun and the story is a good love story love the happy ending i can enjoy comdy
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