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One odd and rather irritating thing, though: The movie has the obligatory 70's love montage in the middle. In the original film, and in the TV versions and VHS versions, The Beatles `Something in the Way She Moves' was the background music, and it was just wonderful. The film was cut to the music, and it really had an impact on the two leads' relationship. Michael Jackson and Co (unless he has since sold the rights) must not have allowed the music to be used on the DVD, or made a ridiculous demand, for the song is missing. There is just some mediocre filler music behind the montage and it really hurts that section of the film. It's annoying they were not able to put the movie on DVD in its original form.
Given how often people complain that there are no roles for people not "Hollywood Gorgeous" and new love is rarely a plot device for a more mature people , House Calls breaks these rules and proves that the result can be fun to watch. As this suggests this is a cast driven movie and so I give you:
Walter Mathau as Dr. Charles Nichols has the right mix of surgeon's arrogance and a Doctor's sense of duty. Mathau gives us a complex rendition of his usual gruff lovable wrinkled faced dog.
Glenda Jackson is the independent and opinionated Ann Atkson. She is all wiry class and better at sharing the twinkle in her eye than anyone else in the cast.
Back up performances by:
Scene stealing Art Carney as the befuddled and duplicitous Dr. Amos Willoughby
Dumb blonde, arm candy, all grown up and suddenly rich and widowed Candice Azzara as Ellen Grady - this subplot was deftly played out adding much to the fun of this movie
And as a likable best buddy and fellow Doctor, Richard Benjamin as Norman Solomon
Between these skilled performers, a fairly obvious plot and a mostly amusing dialogue, you are encouraged to relax and let it happen. There is no need to make notes or think deeply, just enjoy the craft of acting.
Dr. Charley Nichols has just come back from Hawaii after his wife's death. Upon his return, he becomes aware that he is instant catnip to any and all the single women in LA. He works in a hospital run by an increasingly senile chief-of-staff, Amos Willoughby, whom Charley has to pacify to keep his residency. Enter Ann Atkinson, a transplanted Englishwoman who bakes cheesecakes for a living and has certain concrete opinions about the medical profession, which she expresses freely on a PBS talk show. Of course, Charley is on the show's discussion panel, and sparks, as they say, fly. This leads to the standard complications about how serious Charley is willing to become about Ann. At the same time, the hospital has to deal with a potential wrongful death lawsuit from the widow of a rich baseball team owner who died at the hospital under Willoughby's careless supervision.
It's just refreshing to see such a mature yet bracing love story between two characters inhabited by actors who deliver lines with the scalpel-wielding skill of surgeons. Matthau is his usual 1970's curmudgeonly swinger and quite a sight waddling with his gangly arms held akimbo in his power walk.Read more ›
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Walter Matthau was one of the best - very entertaining storyPublished 7 months ago by MICHELE'S MOM
YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT ,,,WALTER AND GLENDA ARE VERY GOOD,,ENJOY IT..Published 9 months ago by rush
Very funny flick starring two "pros." Mature romantic comedy. Rubber-faced Matthau is hysterical, as is Art Carny as a doc who has practiced far too long. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pessimist
Hopscotch started me off with Matthau & Jackson. Was glad to find this one. Great Service, great product.Published 11 months ago by BBC47
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