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10 (1979)

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A Hollywood composer goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman.

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Blake Edwards

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Blake Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... George Webber
Julie Andrews ... Samantha Taylor
Bo Derek ... Jenny Hanley
Robert Webber ... Hugh
Dee Wallace ... Mary Lewis
Sam J. Jones ... David Hanley (as Sam Jones)
Brian Dennehy ... Donald
Max Showalter ... Reverend
Rad Daly ... Josh Taylor
Nedra Volz ... Mrs. Kissell
James Noble ... Dr. Miles
Virginia Kiser ... Ethel Miles
John Hawker John Hawker ... Covington
Deborah Rush ... Dental assistant
Don Calfa ... Neighbor
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Storyline

Forty-two year old famed composer/playwright George Webber is going through a midlife crisis. He is seriously dating thirty-eight year old actress/singer Samantha Taylor, who he loves, although he admits their connection is more intellectual than it is emotional. She, in turn, loves him, despite barely tolerating his often infantile behavior. This behavior includes spying on a neighbor's sexual encounters with a wide array of women, this spying about which the neighbor knows, as he does it himself. Driving one day, George spots a young woman who he believes is the most beautiful creature he's ever seen - an "eleven" on a scale of ten, tens which he didn't believe existed before her. Beyond the fact that she is probably half his age, a problem with George's infatuation is that she is just off to her own wedding. George and Sam's relationship takes a hit with an argument which is further exacerbated by a series of misunderstandings. As such, George decides to pursue the woman of his ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... (UK one-sheet) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

10 - La mujer perfecta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,526,692, 7 October 1979

Gross USA:

$74,865,517
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Jenny Hanley was originally meant for Melanie Griffith. See more »

Goofs

When looking through the telescope the picture moves around as if being moved by George. But when it shows George looking through, his hands are behind his back as if he has made no attempt to move the telescope. See more »

Quotes

George Webber: If you were dancing with your wife, or girlfriend you knew in high school, and you said to her, Darling, they're playing our song, do you know what they'd be playing?
Don: What?
George Webber: Why Don't We Do It In The Road. Fuckin' hell kind of era is that?
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Crazy Credits

When the credits of the cast begins to scroll up and out of the iris of the telescope's view to George and Samantha's inside penthouse, only the members of the cast are seen and not their characters they played. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV print substitutes tamer versions of some of 10's racier moments. In particular, scenes featuring porn star Annette Haven as Dudley Moore's exhibitionist neighbor have been removed, replaced with scenes involving another actress. On scene features Moore's character using a telescope to watch a naked A. Haven making love (in the TV version, we see the substitute actress kissing a man while wearing a robe). A later scene, originally shown as a nude orgy, is replaced by a similar scene, but with everyone wearing bathing suits. In addition, the comedic lovemaking scene between Derek and Moore is played in the dark in the TV version. See more »

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Soundtracks

He Pleases Me
(uncredited)
Music by by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Sung by Julie Andrews
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Long, mildly amusing, and self indulgent.
4 May 2004 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

There's not much to add to the other mediocre reviews of this film. "10" has small moments of humor that could be classified as comedy, but there's such a long and slow buildup to the funny parts, which themselves aren't all that funny, that it's hardly worth the effort.

If you're an exceptionally successful middle aged composer, who's married to a top Broadway singing actress, then you'll connect to this film. If your lifestyle includes watching the neighbors' orgies through a telescope from your hillside home, driving home from the dentist drunk and high in your late model Mercedes, then there might be something here for you.

Otherwise forget it. The parable's an obvious one that neither tells nor shows anything that most well rounded people don't already know. Ultimately it was an experiment that, on its own terms, is an absolute bomb, and adds nothing to the mid-life crisis theme. In short the characters are dumber than dirt, and the producers pulled a fast one on the movie going public.

The reason this film was as successful as it was was because the adolescents and pre-adolescents could see some T&A once the thing aired on cable or satellite. For that matter over sexed older males probably found it equally palatable. However, given the availability of more explicit material on the net today, this is, by comparison, somewhat tame.

Having said all this the performances are fine, but story and direction are rather lacking, and slow. Presumably this was done to make the speed of the film more appealing to an older generation. Yet, at the same time, there's a minor element of crude humor which seems patently out of place, the sex, and quirky-odd and unfunny slapstick that might raise a grin.

When all is said and done you have yourself a film that isn't worth a whole lot. Avoid if you can.


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