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The Arrangement (1969)

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A suicidal advertising executive is forced to re-evaluate his life while dealing with his unhappy marriage, his mistress, and his aging father.

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writers:

Elia Kazan, Elia Kazan (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Eddie Anderson
Faye Dunaway ... Gwen
Deborah Kerr ... Florence Anderson
Richard Boone ... Sam Arness
Hume Cronyn ... Arthur Houghton
Michael Higgins ... Michael Anderson
Carol Eve Rossen ... Gloria Anderson (as Carol Rossen)
William Hansen William Hansen ... Dr. Weeks
Harold Gould ... Dr. Leibman
Michael Murphy ... Father Draddy
John Randolph Jones ... Charles
Anne Hegira Anne Hegira ... Thomna
Charles Drake ... Finnegan
E.J. André ... Uncle Joe (as E.J. Andre)
Philip Bourneuf ... Judge Morris
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Storyline

Eddie is a very rich man who has everything he wants; money, family, success, but a car crash causes him to reevaluate the life he leads. Searching for the happiness he lost, he remembers his one-time lover, Gwen, even as his wife conspires to take his fortune... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The girl knew about the wife. The wife knew about the girl. It was all part of the arrangement. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Arrangement See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,536
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Production Co:

Athena Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After Marlon Brando dropped out of this film, his role was offered to Charlton Heston, who turned it down because, he claimed, the main character was "a loser". See more »

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When Florence finds the pictures in Eddie's desk, she picks them up and starts walking towards Eddie. The prints appear to be about 4 x 6". However, when she goes to tear them up in front of him, the prints become much larger - almost twice the size. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Anderson: I want you to sell that house. And sell that place in the desert. Sell the cars, the paintings, that Bulgarian statue in the garden. Sell the books, the records, deep freezer, everything! Look, I'm the head of the house, that's an order: sell it!
Florence Anderson: Yes, but Eddie, be sensible. Where would we GO?
Eddie Anderson: What do we really need? We'll get a small apartment here, and start from scratch.
Eddie Anderson: Eddie, you've worked hard all your life. You deserve a comfortable living.
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A Film Whose Time Has Come.
4 April 2007 | by thatawSee all my reviews

Panned and patronized at the time of it's initial release, Elia Kazan's adaptation of his best selling book THE ARRANGEMENT plays much better now than it did in 1969. Made after a 6 year hiatus from film-making at a time when movies were enjoying unheard of freedom due to the demise of the production code, THE ARRANGEMENT clearly shows that Kazan was still a director to be reckoned with. The basic premise was nothing new. A highly successful businessman (Kirk Douglas) suffers a mid-life crisis and attempts suicide. How he and the other characters deal with the aftermath make up the rest of the story. Kazan has always been an actor's director and the film provides a showcase for the young Faye Dunaway as Douglas' mistress who gets him to reexamine his life but wants out to be with someone else. Deborah Kerr in her last major film appearance is superb in the difficult role of the wife who tries to understand what Douglas is going through but doesn't want to give up the rich lifestyle she's become accustomed to. Strong support is given by Hume Cronyn as the family solicitor who has plans of his own and from Richard Boone in a rare non-Western role as Douglas' ailing father. His slide into dementia is both heartbreaking and terrifying. Marlon Brando had originally agreed to play the lead but bowed out allowing Kirk Douglas who really wanted to work with Kazan to step in. While not stage trained like the other principals, he acquits himself well in an emotionally as opposed to a physically demanding role. The combination of raw emotions, alternating points-of-view including black humor, and touches of surrealism was ambitious then and still is today (think American BEAUTY). The movie is not without its flaws. It runs too long and is occasionally sloppy in everything from editing to make-up but the powerful writing and intense performances make THE ARRANGEMENT provocative film-making nearly 40 years later. Called everything from a harrowing emotional ride to a self-indulgent mess, it is ultimately for the home viewer to decide (my rating indicates where I stand). Kazan will always be a controversial figure because of his HUAC testimony in the 1950's but his greatness as a director cannot be denied and remains captured on film for all to see.


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