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The Love Machine (1971)

R | | Drama | 27 August 1971 (USA)
An ambitious TV newscaster has an affair with the wife of a network executive to get a promotion.

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Jack Haley Jr.

Writers:

Jacqueline Susann (novel), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) (as Samuel Taylor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Phillip Law ... Robin Stone
Dyan Cannon ... Judith Austin
Robert Ryan ... Gregory 'Greg' Austin
Jackie Cooper ... Danton Miller
David Hemmings ... Jerry Nelson
Jodi Wexler Jodi Wexler ... Amanda
William Roerick William Roerick ... Cliff Dorne
Maureen Arthur ... Ethel Evans
Shecky Greene ... Christie Lane
Clinton Greyn Clinton Greyn ... Alfie Knight
Sharon Farrell ... Maggie Stewart
Alexandra Hay Alexandra Hay ... Tina St. Claire
Eve Bruce ... Amazon Woman
Greg Mullavey ... Bob Summers
Gene Baylos Gene Baylos ... Eddie Flynn
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Storyline

Robin Stone, an ambitious, sex driven TV news anchor catches the eye of Judith Austin, the wife of network executive Greg Austin. She pressures Greg into promoting him to a higher position and before long, he is running the network while Greg recovers from a massive coronary. Meanwhile, Robin dumps his model girlfriend Amanda and begins an affair with Judith. But Robin soon strays with an assortment of girls. Apart from the sexual liaisons, he's at constant odds with the network. When Greg begins to recover and wants to take back his reign, he gets considerable resistance from Robin. So Greg considers harsher methods to oust Robin from his former position and regain control of the network. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The nick-name of Gregory Austin (Robert Ryan) was "Greg" whilst the nick-name of Robin Stone (John Phillip Law) given to him by the media press was "The Love Machine". See more »

Quotes

Jerry Nelson: Dearheart! I am handy, aren't I? 'She beginning to crowd you already? Ah, my Robin you do play rough.
Jerry Nelson: Have you ever felt anything for anyone? I don't mean just girls, I mean a friend?
Robin Stone: I wouldn't know. I never had one.
Jerry Nelson: Not even me? Oh, Robin...
Robin Stone: The thing I like about you, Jerry, is that you never make a pass.
Jerry Nelson: I'm biding my time.
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Soundtracks

Amanda's Theme
Music by Artie Butler
Lyrics by Mark Lindsay
Sung by Dionne Warwick (as Dionne Warwicke)
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Terrible but somewhat interesting
7 August 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Movie based on Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel. It's about Robin Stone (John Phillip Law) a ruthless TV anchorman who claws his way to the top. It details his love life concentrating on Amanda (Jodi Wexler) and Judith (Dyan Cannon). It also shows his total inability to commit to anyone and instead sleeps with any woman he can get.

The novel is no work of art (it's not even good literature) but it's a quick, silly, trashy read. However, compared to this movie, it seems like a masterpiece of fiction! This is a textbook example of how NOT to do a movie adaptation. First they condense the novel terribly. In the book Stone's inability to commit is dealt with and it's revealed why. Here it's brought up...and ignored. Characters from the book are either totally left out or changed completely. One of them (Maggie) pops up for two pointless scenes and then disappears completely! Also there's a truly revolting scene in which a woman is brutally beaten. It's in the book--but there IS a reason totally left out of the movie. And the book dealt with three women--not two. Don't even get me started on the homophobia. The movie is almost worth sitting through for a no holds barred fight at the end between Law, Cannon and David Hemmings.

Adaptation aside the acting is pretty terrible. Law is just horrendous as Stone--VERY wooden and boring--you seriously wonder why all these women are after him. To be fair to Law another actor was cast but had a very bad accident before shooting began and Law stepped in at the last minute. Wexler is terrible as Amanda; Maureen Arthur is truly astoundingly bad as Ethel Evans; Shecky Greene is unbearable as Christie Lane. Only three performances stand out: David Hemmings (having a GREAT time) camps it up as a gay photographer; Cannon is actually very good and Robert Ryan is just great. Also Dionne Warwick sings the catchy opening song ("He's Moving On"). Also Jacqueline Susann has a cameo as a newscaster.

It IS bad but I watched the whole thing and it is (in a silly sort of way) a lot of fun. I'm giving it a 3.


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