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At least credit writer-director Elia Kazan, adapting his own bestselling novel, with honesty: the guy is, essentially, he himself. The once-great filmmaker hoped to reunite with Marlon Brando on the project; he wound up with Douglas, whose career-long image was the guy with the indomitable spirit no matter what ("I'm Spartacus!"). But dismay over Douglas's miscasting--which led to the miscasting of Faye Dunaway in a mistress role based on and intended for Barbara Loden--doesn't excuse the total mishmash. Scenes begin in the middle or break off without warning; some characters are introduced portentously, then abandoned or beaten as one-note Symbols. The technique is a mélange of ugly, puerile effects, including still photos absurdly sprung to life and a daydream sequence studded with BIFF! BAM! POW! comic-book titles. There's even a desperate dive into self-quotation, a snippet of Kazan's 1963 America America to establish that a character barely seen in The Arrangement is the aged version of the youthful protagonist of that exultant masterpiece.
For the record, the cast includes Deborah Kerr as Douglas's wife and Richard Boone as his terminally Old World dad. They didn't deserve to come off as badly as they do. --Richard T. Jameson
As a middle age man going into the famed crisis and a marriage wreckage I found this film film very helpful, and easy to identified myself with. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Luis Miramontes
I thought The Arrangement might be dated and perhaps superficial but, alas, it was not. It was actually engrossing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Constance Scott
I love the old movies and classics so I got this because Kirk Douglas and Faye Dunaway are in it. NOT a great movie, but just OK. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vicki of CA
I found this movie difficult to follow at times and I kept wondering what Elia Kazan was trying to tell us. The movie contains a great cast who deliver fantastic performances. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Film Score fan
Not the best movie by Kirk Douglas. Too many awkward silences. Moving from past to present confusing. Deborah Kerr always competent.Published 8 months ago by Meg Webster
It is one of the best Hollywood movies I have ever seen. It has the philosophical deapth that is rare in Hollywood movies, especially of recent past, and makes you think about the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Yo Kimura
Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunnaway, and Deborah Kerr gave powerful performances that portrayed a family with a successful husband living and working to maintain a certain lifestyle to... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by S. DozSam
The Arrangement (Warner Bros., 1969) was director Elia Kazan's seventeenth film.
Eddie Anderson (Kirk Douglas) is an advertising executive living a comfortable, upper... Read more