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Divorce American Style 1967 NR CC

(21) IMDb 6.3/10

Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds star as a suburban couple who learn that not even divorce can solve all their problems.

Starring:
Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Bud Yorkin
Starring Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds
Supporting actors Jason Robards, Jean Simmons, Van Johnson, Joe Flynn, Shelley Berman, Martin Gabel, Lee Grant, Pat Collins, Tom Bosley, Emmaline Henry, Richard Gautier, Tim Matheson, Gary Goetzman, Eileen Brennan, Shelley Morrison, Bella Bruck, John J. Anthony, Michael Abelar
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Edmond Gauthier on December 24, 2004
Format: DVD
Thank goodness Dick Van Dyke's brilliant Never A Dull Moment recently got the classy widescreen treatment it so richly deserved, but Divorce American Style? Nope! They threw it into the crummy standard screen bin, like it was a piece of trash!

I mean it only starred Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds,was directed by Bud Yorkin, with Conrad Hall as the Director of Photography. So I guess the studio (Columbia/Tristar) just didn't think these people were GOOD enough to deserve a widescreen release!

I will gladly buy this DVD, because the theatrical version was GREAT, but only IF it ever comes out in its original widescreen aspect ratio. Continue to boycott all standard screen butcher jobs, everyone!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2004
Format: DVD
yet again...a studio "dumbs down" a release by not giving us the full image. Teach them a lesson by boycotting these "butchered" releases...Conrad Hall (the cinematographer) deserves better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Burke on April 6, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie, besides being extremely well acted by all its stars (including the magnificent Jean Simmons in her mature prime) is also a beautifully designed and shot time capsule. What a shame that it was disrespected by a worthless "full frame" release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Torque on November 25, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first watched this on netflix and thought it was worth buying. It really captures the signature style of the 60s clothing, architecture. Unlike a lot of cute innocent themes of that time, this one delves into less talked about issues of relationship woes, sex and of course.. divorce. It's worth adding to your dvd collection.
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Screenwriter Norman Lear well and truly blew the lid off the previously taboo subject of divorce, in the brilliant social satire DIVORCE AMERICAN STYLE in 1967. Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds play against type as a bitter married couple whose nightly fights end up landing them in divorce court.

Married for 17 years, Richard and Barbara Harmon (Van Dyke and Reynolds) have finally hit a stalemate in their relationship. Constantly fighting and squabbling over every single little thing, the obvious cure is divorce. The alimony and child support payments send Richard to the brink of the poverty line, where he meets fellow divorcee Nelson Downes (Jason Robards). Nelson operates as a matchmaker of sorts for his lonely ex-wife Nancy (Jean Simmons) and pretty soon, Richard is in love all over again; but he'll never be able to marry her and maintain Barbara's alimony at the same time. So Nelson and Nancy arrange for Barbara to "meet" rich car salesman Al Yearling (Van Johnson) in the hopes of an express trip down the wedding aisle...

DIVORCE AMERICAN STYLE ushered in a new wave of sophisticated romantic comedy with it's sharp script and canny performances. Dick Van Dyke must have relished playing against the "Rob Petrie" image and has great fun with his role. Jean Simmons is lovely; also keep your eyes out for an all-too-brief appearance from Eileen Brennan, playing Nelson's pregnant girlfriend (plus Emmaline Henry, aka Mrs Bellows from "I Dream of Jeannie"). Pat Collins (the "hip hypnotist"), has a self-indulgent cameo towards the end of the picture, but does little to provide a genuine look at what hypnotism can really do...her scene looks hideously staged and Collins sadly comes off as a real pretender, much the same as her cameo in an episode of "The Lucy Show".
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Divorce American Style (1967). Running Time: 1 hour, 49 mins.
A judge (John J. Anthony) arrives at a cliff where a neighborhood is below. He opens his briefcase and produces a conductor stick. With one wave the the stick the music and bickering between the wives and husbands in the houses below begins.
We focus on Richard Harmon (Dick Van Dyke) and Barbara Harmon (Debbie Reynolds) who are bickering before their friends come over for a party they are having. After the party, they start to bicker again. Richard has worked hard, without a college degree, to get in life where he is now, to afford the house and buy things they have always dreamed of. Barbara is just unhappy.
The older son, Mark (Tim Matheson) can hear everything from the heat vent in his bedroom. He has a notepad where he is keeping score of who wins the fight.
After seeing a psychiatrist, Richard goes to a bar with his friend, Lionel (Joe Flynn). Lionel leaves Richard at a lady friend's apartment, Dede (Lee Grant). Nothing happens. When Richard tells his wife the truth, she doesn't believe him. Richard leaves Barbara.

Also in the cast: Patsy Garrett, Emmaline Henry, Shelley Berman, Jason Robards, Jean Simmons, Dick Gautier, Tom Bosley, Van Johnson, Eileen Brennan, Susan Bay, Shelley Morrison, Dick Winslow.

Filmed in Echo Park, Northridge, Los Angles, California. Also filmed at a McDonald's Restaurant.

Language and subtitles in english only.

Trailer previews of Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Cactus Flower (1969), Husbands and Wives (1992).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. A POKATILOFF on February 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I also agree that they should have the wide screen. Dick is excellent, and Debbie is OK. Being a comedy writer, I appreciate the outstanding script by Norman Lear. Very clever indeed! I like the part with all the divorced kids at one of the houses, with the poor little girl, with the SECURITY BLANKET, being left behind. Also very interesting, is the couple preparing for bed: how well they work together, even after a nasty fight. And don't forget the orchestra leader standing on top of the hill, waving his baton at all the fighting couples behow. A great movie!
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