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Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing

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Walter (Timothy Bottoms, The Last Picture Show) is a teenage boy adrift in life, a daydreamer surrounded by a family of successes. Sent to Spain to study, Walter escapes on a tour bus and meets Lila (two-time Academy Award® winner Maggie Smith, 1969, Best Actress, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; 1978, Best Supporting Actress, California Suite), a repressed British woman with problems of her own. As they travel through Spain, their awkward relationship evolves from silence to friendship to romance. But as they become closer to each other, Lila must deal with a secret she has kept from Walter, one that will test their love.

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  • Actors: Maggie Smith, Timothy Bottoms, Charles Baxter
  • Directors: Alan J. Pakula
  • Writers: Alvin Sargent
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002F3C6NO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,615 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing" on IMDb

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By M. Creamer on July 18, 2009
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A big favorite from the early 70's, directed by Alan J. Pakula. It has been a very long wait for this film to finally make a DVD appearance. Maggie Smith and Timothy Bottoms, two "odd ducks", manage to discover each other in romantic Spain during their summer vacations. This discovery leads them through hilarious adventures, with all sorts of eccentric characters against a backdrop of stunning scenery and soaring romantic music. At the time of the original movie release, it quickly became a quiet cult favorite, with fans returning to the theaters for multiple viewings. It has been the only film of the late director Alan J. Pakula that was unavailable on DVD, and we are very glad to see after over 30 years, we will once again have the pleasure! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Though I had never seen this film, based on the 5-star reviews here and on my deeply-held conviction that Dame Maggie Smith can do no wrong, I went ahead and ordered it. Having now seen it, I'm so glad I did--it is a magnificent film. Hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time, it reminded me of the emotions a REAL love story can bring about. Also, I must mention that the musical score is absolutely gorgeous, one of the most beautiful, wistful film scores I've ever had the pleasure to listen to!
I will watch this many times in the future, and for anyone on the fence about buying this, don't be, it's an amazing and wonderful experience. You won't be sorry.
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LOVE AND PAIN IS A TRULY WONDERFUL FILM IN MY OPINION. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT HAS IMPRESSED ME. THE SPANISH SETTING IS BEAUTIFUL, THE SCRIPT BY ALVIN SARGENT IS BOTH HUMOUROUS AND POIGNANT, AND ALAN J PAKULA'S DIRECTION IS SUPERBLY UNDERSTATED BUT STILL INTIMATE.
HOWEVER THE FILM IS MADE TRULY MEMORABLE OF COURSE BY THE MAGNIFICENT PERFORMANCES OF MAGGIE SMITH AND TIMOTHY BOTTOMS. THEIR UNLIKELY ROMANCE IS MADE TOTALLY BELIEVABLE BY THEIR TREMENDOUS CONNECTION.

THE MUSIC BY MICHAEL SMALL IS ALSO AN OUTSTANDING HIGHLIGHT OF THIS GREAT AND UNDER-RATED FILM.
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I am a belated new member to the Maggie Smith fan club. Long before she became the esteemed Prof. McGonagall in Harry Potter, I liked her immensely in Gosford Park, Tea with Mussolini and Ladies in Lavender.

So it became a mission of sorts for me to acquire DVDs of her earlier work simply because I knew there is more to Dame Maggie than just being a "spunky old lady".

"Love, Pain and the Whole Damn Thing" is one of those movies can be described as a guilty pleasure. Oh definitely not because of the plot - which is the usual guy-meets-girl, guy falls in love with girl, girl dies *thud*. In between this predictable story line were two strangers, poles apart, but both seeking the same thing. So who cares if she's a middle-aged spinster who attracts the weird types and he's awkward college-aged young man who is gawky and wimpy (Timothy Bottoms' character here reminds me of Michael Cera's roles these days)? More than just embarking on a February-December affair, the journey of these two people was paved with good, lustful yet memorable intentions.

I cannot believe how young Dame Maggie was here. So much that when I found a post somewhere on Tumblr from someone who had seen "Gosford Park" and asked if Maggie had ever been young, I hunted for a YouTube clip of this movie (with the awkward bed/falling on the floor scene) and sent it to that poor thing.

Most reviews here have commented on the wonderful Spain setting and I have to agree. I think each place they visited was symbolic, but notably the last, La Mancha, representing what seems to be such a foolhardy relationship - it was doomed from the start or so it seems.

I loved this movie and only wish that it came with special features (I live for them).
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Like previous reviewers I had waited SO LONG for this movie to be available on DVD. This is such a good movie and yet few have ever heard of it! I have never been able to forget it. I had a recorded-from-TV copy and every so often I have watched it, despite the poor quality of the VHS tape. To have such a DVD is a joy.

Others have descibed the plot and the music and the scenery and all are top notch.

We must remember that time is precious and if you are lucky enough to find that special someone each moment is to be treasured.
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I fell in love with this movie decades ago and it is one of my all-time favourites. It's a hilarious but very tender love story involving an awkward young American man and a sad, repressed, middle-aged Englishwoman travelling in sunny Spain. They blossom in each other's company and bravely reject convention in order to find happiness together. It's beautifully filmed, as close to a perfect film as I've seen. I'm so happy it will be released on DVD--now I can retire my old VHS copy. Do yourself a favour and buy this movie!
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By JJ on September 9, 2011
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Don't you just love movies that are so beautifully photographed, directed and acted that you can just relax, sit back and "watch them do it". No violence, no horrible people, no sad ending - just a lovely unusual story beautifully presented. I've never seen a relationship portrayed as beautifully as this one is. Maggie Smith is just so amazing to watch and Timothy Bottoms is perfect in this role. Such wonderful faces and expressions on both of them. Some of it is hysterically funny and some of it is so tender that you just want to weep. I happened to catch part of this movie on a movie channel a few weeks ago and wanted to see all of it so I ordered it from, of course, Amazon. Just loved it and will watch it many times I'm sure. I loaned it to a friend who said she thought it was slow and just o.k. so I guess it may be a matter of taste. But, it is exactly to my taste. Thanks Amazon for making it available.
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