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Rich & Famous [VHS] (1981)

Jacqueline Bisset , Candice Bergen , George Cukor  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jacqueline Bisset, Candice Bergen, David Selby, Hart Bochner, Steven Hill
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Writers: Gerald Ayres, John Van Druten
  • Producers: Jacqueline Bisset, William Allyn
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NSY3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The journey of two good friends that span a period of 20 years starring a young Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a great movie is ruined by this new video release April 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"Rich and Famous" is a fabulous movie that has been utterly damaged by this new video release (with a street date of April 6, 1999). This film was not available on VHS until it was re-released this month. However, when I purchased and viewed this new release, I found that the film had been severely butchered. Two scenes of a sexual nature (in the airplane and in Jacqueline Bisset's hotel suite) have been almost totally cut out and there are several scenes where some offensive bits of dialog have been "bleeped" out. (In other words, you see the character's lips utter the words, but there is a brief silence on the soundtrack.) This video release is actually the edited, cleaned-up version that was shown on Turner Classic Movies cable channel. I am totally surprised that a major company like MGM/UA Video would release an edited version of a film, without stating this fact on the packaging. (I truly believe that this was a mistake on their part. They probably used the wrong original negative when they duplicated this video.) My comments ARE NOT based simply on memory of the film. I happen to own the MGM laser disc copy of this film and that version is the original, unedited version of this film. I truly hope that MGM/UA Video will recall this video release and re-release the original, unedited version of this film on VHS. To compound this situation, the master used in duplicating this video release is just plain awful. The picture has a washed-out, unfocused quality and the sound is muffled throughout the whole video. The public should expect more from an established company like MGM/UA Video. But enough of the complaints. Read more ›
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Amazon.com owes it to their customers to print this review. It is not so much a review of the film as this new release of the video. I have been waiting for its re-release for years. There is a very good chance I am the greatest fan of this movie, having viewed it no less than 60 times since it debuted in 1981. I was fortunate enough to buy a $90 copy when it was available briefly in the early 80s. But my copy is wearing thin, and I have been eager to replace it. When I saw this available as of 4/6/99 via Amazon.com, I was ecstatic! I received my new copy 4/7/99! Such service. I raced home after work, got comfortable with my bowl of popcorn, all set to recite lines with Bissett and Bergen, and I was appalled!
The standard "This film has been modified from its orginal version. It has been reformatted to fir your TV." shows up. What it SHOULD say is: "This film has been radically altered from its original version. All adult situations have been cut out, all cursing has been erased, all sexually-charged, character-developing moments have been eliminated!"
There is a brilliantly-hilarious scene in the original in which Bissett has a "Mile-High Club" experience on a TWA Flight from LA to JFK. Cukor juxtapositioned this with voice-overs about plane equipment, flying and landing. All cut from this video.
There is amazingly sweet, erotic moment when Bissett has an encounter with an beautiful 18-year old gigolo, portrayed by Matt Latanzi. Tastefully filmed, great musical accompaniment by Georges Delerue. It changes Bisset's views about youth and opens her to her upcoming romance with a younger man. All but sliced from this version.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favorite---Ruined January 11, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
A travesty that key sections of this movie were cut in the video release. I wanted desperately to replace my well-worn copy. Now will not even consider a purchase of this video. The events that were cut are artfully portrayed and so key to the character played by Bissett that her role may as well have been eliminated entirely. So...I wonder whether Ted Turner's company has had a go at editing the film "Barbarella?"
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars OH! WHERE DO I START...... November 21, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Let me begin by saying that the original theatrical version of the film "Rich And Famous" (1981) Rated "R" 117 mins. is a 5 star choice!
As you may have read in other customer reviews the "MGM Movietime" VHS copy of this film is the edited television version!
Now Warner Bros. (which owns all "MGM" films made by the studio before 1986) has issued this title on VHS again with new cover box art that is beautifully packaged including the original movie poster artwork and ever the "WB" logo on the box!
But, guess what! You open the plastic wrap and it's the same VHS tape that contains the edited version complete with the "MGM" logo! That means that Warner Bros. went through the trouble to design a new cover box and again sell the incorrect version of the film with no disclamer on the package!
The tape begins with the caption "This film has been modified from it's original version, it has been formatted to fit this screen" (as do all non widescreen / letterbox formats) What the caption should include is "This film has been edited for content and is not the orginal theatrical R rated version of this film"
The new cover box artwork (which is not as pictured at Amazon as of this writing 11/21/03) is what compelled me to purchase this "WB" edition. I figured the error has been corrected and I could enjoy a fresh, new video transfer of one of my all time faves!
No such luck!! This is the worst VHS edition of all!!! The picture quality is so poor and blurry, it seems as if there is plastic wrap over my TV screen! The sound quality is so bad that I need to have the volume almost all the way up and even then it's as if the dialouge is being spoken into a tin can!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Rita Hernandez
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Strange, not sure what it was about.
Published 2 months ago by inna sheyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Rich and Famous
It was a good movie that I saw when it first came out. It's still a good movie and it's not the run of the mill type of script.
Published 7 months ago by Kay Callander
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but worth a watch.
The first time I saw this movie when it first came out I thought it was great; however watching it again I found that it was so dated that I didn't enjoy it so much. Read more
Published 10 months ago by toadie
5.0 out of 5 stars A remake/update of 'Old Acquaintance' that inspired me to be a writer
I first saw this film in a theater, when my first desire to be a writer was just beginning to really consume me - so the story of two women, Liz (Jacqueline Bisset) and Merry... Read more
Published 18 months ago by ShowBizBuff
3.0 out of 5 stars A good view for a wet lazy day
Story line is a bit thin & predictable, Bisset & Bergen do their best to add gusto & crediabilty to their rolls. Good for the glamour lovers.
Published 19 months ago by Vince Patten
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
Thoroughly enjoyed it, Had seen this movie back when it first came out. It was good then but just as good now. Candace and Jacqueline are both class acts.
Published 21 months ago by Jessie Raylene Pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Seen it years and years ago. Real good chick flick. Candace plays a great part in it and so does Jacqlyn.
Published 21 months ago by Cath
2.0 out of 5 stars Turgid
"Rich and Famous" is the 1981 re-make of 1943's "Old Acquaintance" that starred Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins who would be replaced by less talented actresses as Jacqueline Bisset... Read more
Published on September 12, 2012 by V. Risoli
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies
Talk about George Cukor in his dotage or Bergen with an impossibly bad Southern accent but this is one beautiful film, Matt Lattanzi, Mr Olivia Newton John and father of Chloe, has... Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by CD in DC
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