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Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972)

Alan Arkin , Sally Kellerman , Gene Saks  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Arkin, Sally Kellerman, Paula Prentiss, Renée Taylor, Bella Bruck
  • Directors: Gene Saks
  • Writers: Neil Simon
  • Producers: Howard W. Koch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,228 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" on IMDb

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In LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS, balding restaurateur Barney Cashman (Arkin) thinks he can cure his raging mid-life crisis with extra-marital trysts carried out at his mother’s apartment. Unfortunately, his clumsy attempts at seducing three women in succession – a fiery, demanding Italian woman, a weird but attractive actress and the repressed wife of a friend - all end catastrophically. Finding that being a ‘player’ is much more complicated and difficult than he could have imagined, Barney resolves that his boring married existence maybe wasn’t so tedious after all.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny film September 6, 2003
I'm not going to summarize the film because others already have. But I do want to rescue Last of the Red Hot Lovers (LRHL) from previous comment about this being a tepid, so-so movie. My wife and I have watched this movie on VHS off and on for years and it never fails to get us rolling. I love Neil Simon and this is one my favorite movies of his plays. Neil Simon is wonderful at drawing out the rediculous in common, real-life experiences, and the New York City sacastic Jewish humor is priceless.
Who can forget Barney Cashman's mid-life crisis prayers: "....I look today older than yesterday. A few years and it'll all be over. Please God, don't let it be over. Let something terrific happen today. Anything, just as long as it's something, Amen!" Or when cynical, sated, chains-smoking Elaine Navazio (Sally Kellerman) arrives in Cashman's mother's squeeky-clean, paper-thin walls, nothing-can-appear-out-of-place-when-we're-done apartment for a secret liason with Barney. Elaine: Cough...hack...hew...cough......cough....hew..hew....cough...hack...cough....Do you have a cigarette? Barney: A cigarette? My God, wouldn't you rather have some water? Elaine: I can't smoke water.
The scene when Barney smokes pot with the Paula Pentiss character made me choke laughing. "I can't feel my heart. What the hell happen to my heart!"
And fish-restaurant owner Cashman habitually smelling and trying to douse the fish smell from his fingers: Elaine: Again with the fingers. That's the second time you smelled you fingers since I been here. Barney: No, no, I was just cheking my watch. Elaine: Oh, is it time to smell your fingers?
Forget that the movie may not be a perfect adaptation of the play. Most people who see movies never read the written material they're based on anyway.
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By Murphus
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Some 40-plus years ago, my mother received a phone call from her mother (i.e. my grandmother) with some startling news -- she'd been cast as an "extra" in a "major motion picture" that was being filmed right in her neighborhood - in fact, in her apartment building! I never saw my mother laugh so hard as she did when Grandma told her that the name of the film was to be "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers."

The story ostensibly takes place in New York City, but for some reason (labor-related I think), some of it was actually filmed in Philadelphia. In particular, the apartment building scenes, where (in the story) Barney (Alan Arkin) takes a succession of bizarre "dates" for trysts that inevitably go awry. The apartment building is in fact 1810 Rittenhouse Square, and the apartment (Barney's mother's apartment) is identical in layout to my late grandmother's.

When the third and final date ("Jeanette") panics and runs out of the building, pursued by Arkin, they pass my grandmother Helen, who is sitting on a low wall ostensibly reading a letter. The scene lasts about 20 seconds, which is a pretty long time for a random extra to find herself on the silver screen.

I found the story shallow, the characters annoying, and the film mind-numbingly dull, but for me it deserves an extra star for giving me and my family some unexpected (and unintended) and heartfelt laughs, and for immortalizing my wonderful grandmother, even if only in a small way. She was truly a "star" in more ways than I can express.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember Fun?? July 31, 2011
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Before we had to deal with all the bad stuff in our lives, all the stuff that seems to have seeped into the modern world, we used to watch simple funny love stories like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love story May 18, 2011
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Good music background for the story & I bought it to enjoy Sally Kellerman & Paula Prentiss's acting, of which they don't disappoint. Although a bit long; it is well told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really funny--gotta love Arkin May 21, 2010
I love this movie and have seen it many times. Any Alan Arkin fan (everybody should be one)will enjoy this immensely. Well written by Neil Simon whose work is always spot-on. Although some will consider it dated, the issues being dealt with are timeless. And if you can comprehend wit, you will laugh.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Funny May 10, 2008
I am a big Alan Arkin fan. I had never seen this movie but I thought it was pretty good. It is dated and the comedy is pretty tame even though it involves infidelity and sex. But Arkin is still hilarious as he is constantly splashing on cologne and washing the fish smell off his hands from where he works. Also just the concept of him secreting away to his moms house and trying to have an affair is funny.

Again, this movie is relatively tame but I enjoyed it. Good light humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It makes Jeff laugh! December 20, 2013
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This is a favorite movie of my husband, Jeff, and he was like, "Oh! Oh! This movie is sooo funny!!! Want to watch it? Want to watch it?" I'm picturing a rambunctious terrior jumping straight up into to the air repeatedly. LOL! Please join me, if you like. Naturally, as a life-long animal lover and advocate of such, I had to aquiesce. ;-) One thing that was really funny is that Jeff is the same age as Alan Arkin in this role and Jeff has the same hair style (male pattern baldness) and basically the same taste in clothes. What part did this movie play in the evolution of the man I now see before me? One of the questions I'll have to ask the Universe I guess. I said, "How long ago did you first see this film?" "Oh, twenty years ago, I suppose." Fascinating . . .

Last of the Red Hot lovers is a comic, yet accurate treatment of the late 60's and the budding sexual revolution. It was the era of Ms. Magazine monthly, on sale in the local supermarket in Small-town, USA and I can still clearly remember when women dressed that way and thought that way. Alan Arkin is particularly funny as the conventional 40-something regular guy who, suddenly realizing one morning that he's reached middle age and life may be passing him by, decides to make a sharp left and see what youthful fun yet awaits him. Exactly what position IS his wife sleeping in? LOL PS, we never do see her face. This was a great movie for a rainy day cuddle fest on the couch. A+++!
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