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There's Always Vanilla (1971)

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A young man returns to his home city of Pittsburgh and moves in with an older woman whom he begins to rely on for emotional and financial support.

Director:

George A. Romero

Writer:

Rudy Ricci (the film was made from a story and screenplay written by) (as Rudolph J. Ricci)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Laine Raymond Laine ... Chris Bradley (as Ray Laine)
Judith Ridley ... Lynn Harris (as Judith Streiner)
Johanna Lawrence Johanna Lawrence ... Terri Terrific
Richard Ricci Richard Ricci ... Michael Dorian
Roger McGovern Roger McGovern ... Roger Bradley
Ron Jaye Ron Jaye ... Fox
Bob Wilson Bob Wilson ... TV Network Executive
Louise Sahene Louise Sahene ... Samantha
Christopher Priore Christopher Priore ... Chris Junior - Terri's Son
Robert Trow ... Ralph
Bryson Randolph Bryson Randolph ... Mr. Manspeaker
Val Stanley Val Stanley ... Rug Commercial Director
Vincent D. Survinski Vincent D. Survinski ... Delivery Man (as Vincent Survinski)
Eleanor Schirra Eleanor Schirra ... Mrs. Harris
S. William Hinzman ... Drunk Guy in Bar (as Bill Hinzman)
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Storyline

Chris Bradley is a young man who returns to his home city of Pittsburgh after several years of drifting and working odd jobs around the country since his discharge from the U.S. Army. Rejecting moving back in with his father and not wanting to return to the family business of manufacturing baby food, Chris meets and shacks up with Lynn, an older woman who works as a model in local TV commercials, and whom becomes his 'sugar mama' of supporting him financially and emotionally, which begins to put a strain on the affair especially when Lynn finds out that she's pregnant and does not feel that Chris would make a responsible father or husband. Written by matt-282

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Every woman knows why the wrong man is irresistible!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Lynn (Judith Ridley) is supposed to be older than Chris (Raymond Laine), Laine was, in fact, older than Ridley by ten years. See more »

Quotes

Chris Bradley: Dad, I just don't want to go to work in your baby food factory. And, I don't want to sell vacuum cleaners. I don't want to sell little toy plastic aircraft carriers. I don't wanna... I don't know what I want.
Mr. Bradley: Chris, I think I understand what you're talking about. A little bit anyway. But these problems are a little bit like going to Howard Johnsons for some ice cream. You can get all kinds of wild, exotic flavors. But somehow, you always wind up with vanilla.
Chris Bradley: Oh, Jesus Christ, Dad, I could cry!
Mr. Bradley:
Chris Bradley: [...]
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Connections

References On the Beach (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Mountain Thyme
Music & lyrics by Francis McPeake I
Sung by Johanna Lawrence
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Delightful Rediscovery
1 August 2000 | by mark_r_harrisSee all my reviews

The house seems to be divided on this one, so let me break the deadlock with a rave review: this is one terrific little movie. Funny, surprising, sharply directed, engagingly written (great movie line: "our very existence depends on that beer"), well performed, and absorbing all the way. Great title, too! (Yes, it is explained in the film.) As Jonathan Rosenbaum has pointed out, There's Always Vanilla is highly evocative of the early 70s; and like many timely films of that era, it has been unjustly neglected. A realistic romantic comedy with a deft side-take on television and advertising, it turns interestingly serious in an abortionist sequence that illuminates the era of Roe v. Wade. Lead actor Raymond Laine is a find, charming yet believable. This movie is only screened very occasionally, and the print I saw (with the less memorable alternate title The Affair) is unfortunately color-faded. But if you ever get the chance to see this, it is a must. Romero at his best.


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