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Playmates (1972)

Two divorced men meet and become friends, but unbeknownst to each other, start dating each other's ex-wives.

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Richard Baer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Marshall Barnett
Connie Stevens ... Patti Holvey
Barbara Feldon ... Lois Barnett
Doug McClure ... Kermit Holvey
Severn Darden ... Roger, Man in Gallery
Roger Bowen ... Kiddieland Father
Eileen Brennan ... Amy
Tiger Williams Tiger Williams ... Johnny Holvey
Bryan Scott Bryan Scott ... Eric Barnett
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Estelle Chase
Jim Antonio ... Nick (as James Antonio)
Leon Belasco ... Man at Concert
Janice Carroll Janice Carroll ... Waitress
Dick Balduzzi ... Bartender
Debbie Dozier Debbie Dozier ... Bikini Girl
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Two divorced men meet and become friends, but unbeknownst to each other, start dating each other's ex-wives.

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Marshall Barnett: Didn't you enjoy that play we saw?
Patti Holvey: Some guy came out and said "I'm forbidden to love my sister" and some girl came out and said "I'm forbidden to love my father" - all I could think of is I'm forbidden to leave this theatre!
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"All Animals Bite"
16 June 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Two divorced fathers, one a lawyer and the other a financially-strapped welder, meet at Playland with their sons and compare their post-marital woes. Alan Alda complains about ex-wife Barbra Feldon's kooky paintings while Doug McClure gripes about ex Connie Stevens and her spending habits. The dated look of the film and the sometimes cringe-worthy dialogue in Richard Baer's teleplay assures that this TV-movie will never see a DVD release, although the nasty/funny guy-talk between Alda and McClure in the opening scenes hits a truthful chord. Sitcom contrivances--the men end up dating each other's wives--ultimately betrays the early promise (it feels put on, for ratings). The acting ensemble is really hit-and-miss: McClure would seem to be out of his league acting opposite no less a TV pro than Alda, but Alan Alda at this point had a penchant for laying on the polite 'naturalness' too heavily (one tires of his rehearsed joshing manner, his nervous, rapid speech and his eyes always crinkling up in laughter). As for the ladies, they twinkle and giggle but are basically here to be mates for the men and not living, breathing women. This being 1972, writer Baer makes no apologies for his apparent male chauvinism--yet another reason "Playmates" will never see the light of day.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le couple idéal See more »

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ABC Circle Films See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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