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The Steagle (1971)

In the midst of the Cuban missile crisis, a mild-mannered professor decides to live out all of his daydreams, travelling across the country and adopting a different persona in each city.

Director:

Paul Sylbert

Writers:

Irvin Faust (novel), Paul Sylbert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Benjamin ... Harold Weiss, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Chill Wills ... Tall-Guy McCoy
Cloris Leachman ... Rita Weiss
Jean Allison ... Florence Maguire
Suzanne Charny Suzanne Charny ... Marcy
Ivor Francis ... Reverend
Susan Tyrrell ... Louise
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Marty Panesh
Susan Kussman Susan Kussman ... Joan
Peter Hobbs ... Dr. Payne
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Max Levine
Frank Christi Frank Christi ... Mr. Forbes
Diane Ladd ... Mrs. Forbes
Harold Reynolds Harold Reynolds ... Dr. Plymile
John Hiestand John Hiestand ... Matt Mahew
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In the midst of the Cuban missile crisis, a mild-mannered professor decides to live out all of his daydreams, travelling across the country and adopting a different persona in each city.

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Harold Weiss Thought The World Was Going to End. He Did in 8 Days What Most Men dream About in a Lifetime See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,850,000 (estimated)
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AVCO Embassy Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The title refers to the National Football League's World War Two-era Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Eagles-Steelers that fans and sportswriters dubbed "The Steagles". In 1943, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers combined teams due to an NFL contraction to eight teams caused by a lack of quality players due to armed services obligations. The Steagles played four games at Philadelphia's Shibe Park and two games at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, going 5-4-1, the first winning record in the history of pro football in Philadelphia. In 1944, the Eagles went back to being their own team, while the Steelers merged with the Chicago Cardinals (converting back to singular status in 1945). Thus, a "Steagle" is a one-year phenomenon, a unique, exciting event for Philadelphia football fans. Richard Benjamin's character, an alienated English literature professor, is a Walter Mitty-type who daydreams about war, old movies and professional sports; thus, "The Steagle" symbolizes him being stuck in an idealized past. See more »

Goofs

During the night sequence in the desert near Las Vegas "Lawrence of Arabia" is referenced. The events of this film take place in October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The film Lawrence of Arabia premiered in America in New York on December 16, 1962. See more »

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References Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) See more »

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Sorely and unfairly neglected, ultimate sleeper.
30 April 1999 | by shebamSee all my reviews

My wife and I must have been among the handful of people to see this movie in original release. We thought it was funny, irreverent and well done. It was pulled from circulation so quickly that hardly anyone has seen it. Richard Benjamin on occasion has complained that it was a favorite that the studio "released in a closet" and never gave a chance. I bet it would find an audience it promoted on home video (I have never been able to find a copy).


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