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PHFFFT! (1954)

Judy Holliday , Jack Lemmon , Mark Robson  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Jack Carson, Kim Novak, Luella Gear
  • Directors: Mark Robson
  • Writers: George Axelrod
  • Producers: Fred Kohlmar
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZXNCA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "PHFFFT!" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Eminently versatile, two-time Oscar® winner Jack Lemmon (1973, Best Actor, Save the Tiger; 1955, Best Supporting Actor, Mister Roberts) was an actor’s actor – the sort who made it look easy as he lit up the screen in everything from powerful dramas to irresistible comedies. When their marriage finally goes “Phffft!”, Nina and Robert get a divorce – only to discover that, like it or not, some people are just meant to be together!

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Comedy! October 27, 2010
Thanks to Sony/Columbia Pictures for deciding to release this great Jack Lemmon film as a stand alone movie since up until now it was only available in the The Jack Lemmon Film Collection (Phffft! / Operation Mad Ball / The Notorious Landlady / Under the Yum Yum Tree / Good Neighbor Sam). If you are a Jack Lemmon fan and have the extra money, I would highly recommend investing in that set as all the movies in it are truly worth watching. That said, "Phffft!" is a great 50's comedy that revolves around a divorcing couple (played by Lemmon and the wonderful Judy Holliday) who may or may not still have feelings for each other. The film is particularly notable as it is one of the first films to officially introduce Kim Novak to the big screen who here plays a Marilyn Monroe type vixen smitten with Lemmon (Novak had already starred in Columbia's "Pushover" earlier the same year). In addition, the script is pretty witty, and there is one scene which features a great dance scene with Lemmon and Holliday, If this DVD is anything like the previous release in the Lemmon Box Set, you can expect an excellent transfer in the correct anamorphic aspect ratio, and english/french audio and subtitles. As far as special features, the previous release included the theatrical trailer, photo galleries, and an enjoyable 25 min. episode from the Ford All-Star Theater called "Marriageable Male," so hopefully those will all carry over to this release as well. This is a fun little film to see, and I highly recommend it to all those who enjoy a good, old, classic comedy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so comedy with two great actors June 12, 2005
A slow-moving, dry-humored, rather predictable comedy about a divorced couple who get back together after they realize how compatible they actually are with each other. It's one of the first feature roles for a young Jack Lemmon (who already had his sad-sack schtick pretty well polished...) and the not-quite-so-ditzy, not-quite-so-dumb blonde bombshell, Judy Holliday, in one of her lesser roles. It's not a great film, but it is fun to see the two of them, also interesting to see how consistently she upstages Lemmon, right from the start. (Originally released in 1954.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PFFFT Unjaded for its humor March 25, 2013
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Though "Pffft" focuses on divorce at a time when "divorce" wasn't a household word, the insights into the marriage & the character of husbands & wives keep the story fresh & interesting. The humor of writers Ruth Gordon & Garson Kanin never falters or fails! The cast, too, is amazing: Jack Lemmon & Judy Holliday, both at home in Drama AND comedy, have an enviable chemistry evident in "Pffft" & "It Should Happen to You," which should not be missed. Kim Novak & Jack Carson shine in the supporting roles, whose characters' attempt to lead the main characters into separate lives provide comedy & counterpoint. Not for car chase & ninja dedicated fans,"Pffft" seeks out those who value, character, humor & poignancy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Divorce, American-style June 22, 2009
PHFFFT! is an oddly titled, quaint romantic comedy that handles the sticky subject of divorce most delicately.

As Walter Winchell's gossip column reports, the Traceys, Nina (Holliday) and Robert (Lemmon) are 'Phffft!" after an eight-year marriage. Nina cites "incompatibility" and "mental cruelty" as grounds only because they're the most commonly used reasons.

Robert moves in with Navy buddy Charlie Nelson (Carter) while Nina's mom (Gear) influences her daughter by redecorating the bedroom and making unsolicited suggestions.

Concerned for his friend's social well-being, Charlie sets Robert up with gorgeous college girl Janis (Novak as a Monroe type), but when they're alone Robert freezes, confesses to being depressed and sends Janis home.

He would try dating her again, but first some mambo lessons (Nina meanwhile is learning the same dance at Arthur Murray's). Robert takes Janis to a club for dinner and dancing. Nina is by coincidence also there with a co-worker. The two couples mambo and somehow Nina and Robert end up together. Their flamboyant dance moves clear the floor.

The next day, Robert finds a pretext for visiting his ex, but they quarrel and he leaves. When Robert later learns that pal Charlie is with Nina at his old Westchester home, he dashes off to confront the cad. After quietly entering the house, Robert picks up the ringing phone and hears Nina tell her mom that she kicked Charlie out. Then Nina laments how she never should've divorced her husband. It WAS the 1950s after all. You know how the story ends.

(Watch for Head Mousketeer Jimmie Dodd in a cab driver cameo.)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Retro Love February 17, 2013
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I love Jack Lemmon. Love Judy Holiday. But this movie anyway...a dud. I blame it on the script. It was not smart, clever, or in the least imaginative. I was bored most of the time, but I stuck with it and watched it all the way through. It reminded me of so many movies of the era. That was the problem. It seemed to take twists from other movies and mesh them all together into one film. But judge for yourself. It was great seeing these fine comedics again. I just wish the movie had more going for it than the yawn syndrome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a knock out.
I have a 1954 Austin Healey, that sports car was purchased new by Jack Lemmon in
the movie and I had never seen the movie so I rented it hoping to see my little car in it's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charles M. Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Lemon and Judy Holliday - Best Couple Performance!
Jack Lemon gave one of his funniest performance opposite Judy Holliday. After their divorce their life got complicated and their realization
what they had was special in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Castalia Carleton
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Judy Holliday movie...that in itself is enough
Been a big Judy Holliday from the start of her career. I enjoy all of her movies. This one has the extra added attraction of Jack Lemmon who is terrific.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by bronxboy
5.0 out of 5 stars PHFFFT
What a treat maybe not a great movie but boy what a cast the great JUDY HOLLIDAY who left us all too soon ( damn that cancer ) JACK LEMMON and of course my own favorite MISS NOVAK... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Thom mykel
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Born Yesterday is my all-time favorite Judy Holiday movie, but this one is cute. Good picture quality and sound. Would buy again.
Published 12 months ago by val
3.0 out of 5 stars Divorce, American-style
PHFFFT! is an oddly titled, quaint romantic comedy that handles the sticky subject of divorce most delicately. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Annie Van Auken
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
I'm a big Jack Lemon fan and this is one of my all time favorite movies. It's clean, no foul language or fancy graphics, just good family movie.
Published 16 months ago by Daryl J. Mulkey
4.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated Comedy Still Meaningful Today
Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon play a married couple who, after eight years of marriage, get divorced. The bulk of the movie is about what happens to them afterwards. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Lemmon
I saw this on TCM and bought this for my brother and his wife. I really like these old shows that I grew up watching..
Published 19 months ago by Hal
4.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away!
PHFFFT! is a wonderful romantic comedy that established Jack Lemon as an icon of the cinema. Judy Holiday was already deservedly iconic. They make a wonderful comic duo.
Published on August 1, 2012 by Movieguy
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