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Once Is Not Enough [Blu-ray] (1975)

Kirk Douglas , Deborah Raffin , Guy Green  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Deborah Raffin, David Janssen, George Hamilton, Brenda Vaccaro
  • Directors: Guy Green
  • Writers: Jacqueline Susann, Julius J. Epstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,737 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on a Best Seller by Jacqueline Susann (Valley of the Dolls). January (Deborah Raffin), the adoring daughter of movie producer Mike Wayne (Kirk Douglas) returns home to New York, only to find her father married to Deidre Milford Granger (Alexis Smith), the fifth richest woman in the world. The marriage is one of the conveniences for Mike, who has lost his magic touch as a producer, and is in desperate need of money to continue his lavish lifestyle. Jealous January bitterly resents her father and cannot accept the moral codes of this new world, finding only frustration. She gets a job with Gloss Magazine and falls in love with Pulitzer Price-winning novelist Tom Colt (David Janssen), whose virile prose and celebrated fistfights turn out to be a compensation for his physical inadequacies. Her Stepmother Dee wants her to marry David Milford (George Hamilton), Dee's handsome young cousin and wolf-about-town, who's having an affair with the reclusive retired movie star, Karla (Melina Mercouri), who in turn is carrying on a clandestine lesbian affair with Dee. Directed by Guy Green (55 Days at Peking), with original music and score by Henry Mancini (Victor/Victoria). Brenda Vaccaro co-stars as the man-crazy editor of the fashion magazine.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Remembered November 14, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Deborah Raffin is really worth seeing in ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH. I remember seeing this film when it first came out and thinking it ghastly, but now when I watch it, I'm in awe of Raffin. Okay, she's not much of an actress and will never give Meryl Streep any competition, but, well, I sound like a perve but she just exudes youth and beauty in the part of January Wayne, and her coltish, extremely thin clotheshorseness is so endearing, even when she gives out one of her questionable line readings I just love her.

She's great when she's obviously in love with her own father (but she doesn't realize this until the very last minute of the movie, and instead of a psychic shock, she evinces only a typically cat-like smile, as though a pleasant memory were running somewhere in her mind). I love her playing the newbie to Brenda Vaccaro's Manhattan media slut. She can't believe how vulgar Vaccaro is, and yet she seems to delight in it, Vaccaro's sex talk brings her alive in a way nothing else seems to.

I love her as the stepdaughter of the jealous, Lesbian stepmother "Dee," played by Alexis Smith with a small arsenal of oversized, elegant coups de theatre. Smith is ludicrous as Dee, and even though she not's young like Raffin, you manage to appreciate her performance in just the same way. It's as if both Smith and Raffin believe somehow they're acting in a Eugene O'Neill drama--they're giving it everything they've got, which in Raffin's case is "not much" and in Smith's case it's "everything but the kitchen sink." All Kirk Douglas can do under the circumstances is duck.

It sounds as though I'm ascribing an element of camp to these two performances, but I'm not.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Once Is Probably More Than Enough September 13, 2010
In the lexicon of bad film, there is surely a top spot for the delightfully skewed adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls." "Valley" is perhaps the most famous side of Susann's literary "trash trilogy" which includes "Love Machine" and "Once Is Not Enough." All the novels were fabulously popular in their day and all have been produced into movies with varying degrees of success. Sublimely ridiculous, "Valley" is beloved as a camp classic for so many terrific reasons. If possible, the film of "Love Machine" was even more preposterous--and much more of a "love it" or hate it" proposition. And then we've got "Once Is Not Enough." Easily the most subdued of the film adaptations, "Once" doesn't actually benefit from this distinction.

The film starts out promisingly enough with Kirk Douglas as a down and out filmmaker willing to do anything for the light and love of his life, his daughter January (Deborah Raffin, alternately charming and annoying). He marries a wealthy acquaintance, the terrific Alexis Smith, in a business arrangement to secure his daughter's future. Disturbingly, Douglas and Raffin are as close and co-dependent as any father-daughter team can be. A smarmy George Hamilton is on hand as a possible suitor for Raffin, and a man hungry Brenda Vaccaro camps it up as Raffin's friend and employer (although for the life of me, I could never figure out why she was getting a paycheck). I genuinely enjoyed the beginning and set-up of "Once Is Not Enough," but when Raffin meets David Janssen--its all over. Raffin romances Janssen (an older man--she does have daddy issues--that despises her father) and the film turns a bit too earnest for its own good.

I didn't hate "Once Is Not Enough.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brenda Vacarro SHINES, but NOT ENOUGH DRUGS! February 10, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Although I wasn't as disappointed with this film as the previous reviewer, it was quite a letdown after reading the book. The "vitamin shots" and other assorted goodies (gang rapes, Karla's secret retarded daughter, etc.) that didn't make it on screen severely lower the scandal and glamour level of this film, but the exotic locales and Deborah Raffin's innate charm are undeniably great. It's also fun to see some of the retro kitschy sets (especially George Hamilton's swingin' bachelor pad), and the disco sequence. The film's saving grace is definitely Brenda Vacarro as the unabashed man hungry corporate sleep around Linda Riggs. Her Oscar nomination for the role was well deserved, and I am disappointed she didn't win. The bottom line, however, is this: NOT ENOUGH DRUGS!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Once" Again... October 2, 2010
As a teen in the '70s, I devoured the three Jacqueline Susann novels--VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, THE LOVE MACHINE, and ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH--that were at the top of the bestseller lists. The last one was actually my fave of the three, and I remember the big brouhaha surrounding the "Search For January" when the film version was announced. It was like the search for a girl to play Scarlett O'Hara all over again. They finally chose Cover Girl model Deborah Raffin to play the role, surrounded by an impressive cast of stars. When the film opened in 1975, everyone in NYC piled into the (now long-gone) Loew's Astor Plaza movie theater to see the sexy, scandalous result.

Big surprise--it was not sexy or scandalous, except for some gossip column mileage about the "shocking" lesbian encounter between Alexis Smith and Melina Mercouri, which is pretty tame by today's standards. And most of the rumored nudity was apparently cut out before the film's release. Kirk Douglas, Alexis Smith, and the other stars were okay, considering the little they were given to do, and Broadway vet Brenda Vaccaro actually scored an Oscar nomination for her outrageous hamming in the part of January's foul-mouthed, man-hungry boss. As for Deborah Raffin, the girl behind the worldwide star search--well, she had lovely hair. To be fair, she might have been the next Katharine Hepburn, but we'd never know it from this. The script somehow managed to drain every ounce of fun from the original novel, and we're left with a routine tale of boredom and incestuous lust among the rich and privileged.

There isn't a single scene that stands out in this dull spectacle, and only Vaccaro manages to rise above the surrounding mediocrity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A time capsule movie
It's a well produced soap opera. A nice time capsule of the seventies. Keeps your interest.
Published 1 month ago by W. W. Wickline
3.0 out of 5 stars The "unhappy end"
I bought this DVD especially because of the actor Gary Conway. I've been his devoted fan since his TV series "Land of the Giants". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patrícia Rocha dos Santos
4.0 out of 5 stars Love story
I saw it a long time ago and liked it very much so I had to buy it.But I was a little disappointed when I found out they cut out Brenda vaccaro;s part she was an important... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Trash
1975 saw the release of Once Is Not Enough, and I was lucky enough to see it in the theatre. Many stars are cast, but it is Brenda Vaccaro who steals the show as a man hungry... Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Another oldie, but goodie!!
WOW! What an old movie! I read all of Jacqueline Suzanes books when I was in college, long before Cosmopolitan Magazine existed! Jackie wrote some steamy stories!
Published 10 months ago by Susan Sprieck
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
sorry I missed this in the theater it was a good movie for it's "time" not quite a chick flick close.
Published 11 months ago by Chris D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars best story ever
always enjoy this story.....always can pick up the book every other year and enjoy the story...the movie brought it home
Published 13 months ago by Kathie Brinlee
3.0 out of 5 stars Once Is Probably More Than Enough
In the lexicon of bad film, there is surely a top spot for the delightfully skewed adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls. Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick flick
I love the male stars, especially David Jannsen! The female stars weren't too shabby either but I bought this movie for the music by Henry Mancini and David Jannsen. Read more
Published 21 months ago by P. A. Schabram
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this movie in 2012 (again). Saw it when it first...
All fine actors and just a good, campy movie with a good cast. Rest in peace Deobrah Raffin. I'm glad this movie was released in DVD.
Published 21 months ago by A Real Comment
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