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Editorial Reviews

First comes love, then comes marriage'then come loads of laughs in this highly amusing (Time) comedy about a romantic coming-together that's about to fall apart! With a delightful (Los Angeles Times) cast, including Diane Keaton in her film debut, Lovers and Other Strangersis hilarious [with] funny, sad, touching and moving moments (The Hollywood Reporter)! As Mike and Susan prepare to walk down the aisle, the groom gets a case of cold feet. But turning to friends and family for support could send the couple running for matrimonial cover! Susan's father is fooling around with her mother's best friend; Mike's brother is divorcing his high-school sweetheart, and his parents are living a loveless lie. The rocky road to happily-ever-after has never been so uproarious as in this vividly real, genuinely funny movie (Leonard Maltin).

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  • Actors: Gig Young, Bea Arthur, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Richard S. Castellano
  • Directors: Cy Howard
  • Writers: David Zelag Goodman, Joseph Bologna, Renée Taylor
  • Producers: Anthony Loeb, David Susskind, Ronald H. Gilbert
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020X87U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,920 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lovers and Other Strangers" on IMDb

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Randy Keehn VINE VOICE on February 26, 2006
Format: DVD
I used to watch the Academy Awards so religiously that the names of the nomineees as well as the winners stayed with me for years. I immediately recognized "Lovers and Other Strangers" as a nominee and winner from years ago. However, I don't think I had ever seen it available on TV so, naturally, I didn't miss the opportunity. I am glad I watched it. This is a fun movie along the lines of that old TV show "Love American Style". By that I mean that it is a compilation of stories within a story and with love, sex,and humor as the main ingredients. "Lovers and Other Strangers" is clearly above the quality of the aforementioned TV show but it is not blessed with the overall quality of a major motion picture. It is one of those movies that is known as a "sleeper".

The movie focusses on a young couple near the eve of their wedding. The inter-related stories involve their friends and family and focusses on their relationships. A brother is getting a divorce, a best man is on the make, an aunt and uncle are discerning their own sexuality, a father-in-law is manipulating his love affair, etc. etc.. There is a lot of humor in these sidebars and there is a lot of truth in them as well. Indeed, the whole movie is a somewhat dated look at relationships in general with some touching discoveries along with some embarassingly "on the mark" looks at ourselves.

Because of the varied stories intermixing with one another, the movie moves along well and it culminates in a meaningful way. We see hope for one damaged relationship while we see another avoid getting off on the wrong foot. We see plenty more in the overall process and we leave with a good feeling.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2000
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A big wedding, funny relatives, bittersweet relationships, a very young Diane Keaton -- what's not to love? In crowded theaters, Bob Dishy and Richard Castellano stole the show. Castellano still stands out, as do Gig Young and Bea Arthur. Favorite moment (for guys): a Steadicam shot of Bonnie Bedelia's face as she walks toward a bed. Not even Liz Taylor's face could rival Bedelia's for those few seconds. Favorite moment (for gals): Harry Guardino blowing a sweet, macho kiss to Anne Meara during the wedding ceremony.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
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This film is a funny but sad commentary on marriage as seen through the eyes of different generations. The cast is wonderful, especially Bea Arthur as the wife and mother whose line, "I can understand you wanting to leave, but I can't understand you leaving" shows the difference in how women have changed in the way they look at marriage. Diane Keaton, Gig Young, Anne Jackson, and Richard Castellano are all excellent in their roles.
This is one of my top 10 movies and the song,"For All We Know" by the Carpenters fits perfectly with the theme.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence J. Ukolowicz on August 16, 2010
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I never got to see this movie when it was released. I have always wanted to see it and finally bought the DVD. Wow! If you want a really excellent representation of what the 70's was all about, do not hesitate in buying this film. It's all there. Some may see it as cheesy and unrealistic. Having lived through the 70's, sorry, you are wrong. I KNOW these people. They were in my life. This is not a cheap soap opera attempt at life. This is how it was. Divorce was a filthy word. Living together "in sin" was kept a secret from the parents. Having affairs ran rampant in the 70's. Strong Italian families yelled and hit each other. The sexual revolution was going strong and men were having a hell of a hard time accepting it. This movie has it all. I am very glad this is in the retro section of my DVD collection. Excellent!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tj Pierce on September 13, 2010
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No wonder there are so few details about this DVD. It's formatted for a 4:3 ratio TV. Who in their right mind would buy this outdated format!? The movie itself is a solid, warm 1970 comedy based on the stage play by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna. 3-1/2 Stars. It deserves better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Walters on January 24, 2007
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Viewing this film after a hiatus of some 40 years, I find it still one of my favorite comedies. Bea Arthur and Richard Castellano are outstanding in their character roles as is Gig Young- all representing the earlier generation coping with the exigencies of the "new" generation of the 60's. The entire cast turns in a fine performance and I would highly recommend this film as one of the best comedies of its genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2010
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this is a family comedy. By that I mean it is a comedy about the tensions within a family, and not that it should be rated a G which indeed it should not. there are married people who are just starting out, just breaking up, just pretending to be happily married, and those who are just happily married. there are no guns, no fist fights, no crashes, etc. But it is highly enjoyable if you ask me
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Lovers and Other Strangers is one of the funniest films I've ever seen. The acting is outstanding and the timing so fine-tuned that the comedy is almost non-stop without being corny or tasteless. The casting was brilliantly done and the movie gets high marks in my book for great cinematography and choreography, especially in the wedding scenes. The plot flows along at a very good pace without ever feeling rushed or too slow; and every scene only made me even more interested in finding out what would happen next and how--or if--certain interpersonal problems amongst the characters would be resolved.

Actually, the movie has more than one plot, although most if not all of the subplots revolve around the wedding of the somewhat nervous Mike Vecchio (Michael Brandon) to his very pretty and self-confident girlfriend Susan (Bonnie Bedelia). Mike isn't always so sure he wants to marry Susan; he prefers that they continue to live together. Of course, they are living together unbeknownst to the family elders, some of whom would have had a stroke if they knew Mike and Susan were living together before the wedding.

The subplots are very entertaining and as they flesh out the movie they also show how complicated relationships really are and how deep feelings can alter the stability of a relationship; but of course this is all done with comedy to make everything light and enjoyable at once. There's Mike's brother Ritchie (Joseph Hindy) who is estranged from his wife Joan (Diane Keaton); they're on the verge of divorce while Mike and Ritchie's parents, Bea (Bea Arthur) and Frank (Richard S. Castellano) desperately try to convince Ritchie and Joan to remain together.
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