Burt Reynolds as Phil Potter in STARTING OVER (d. Pakula, 1979 Paramount)
STARTING OVER (R, 105 min., Paramount, Feb. 10, 1979)
Roger Ebert was hard on STARTING OVER. He compared it unfavorably to the much lauded, zeitgeisty AN UMARRIED WOMAN in which starred Jilly Clayburgh the year before STARTING OVER came out. Despite Ebert’s misgivings both Bergen and Clayburgh received Academy Award nominations for their work in STARTING OVER. This movie may not be classic but it is definitely one for the time capsule in terms of the late 70s/early 80s mores and memes that are on display. Reynolds was at the top of his power in Hollywood – moving from drama, action, comedy (light & dark) at will. And look at the names in the main credit block – not a kid in the bunch but still all so young and vital in 1979.
Director: Alan J. Pakula, Writer: James L. Brooks, Producers: Alan J. Pakula and James L. Brooks, Cinematographer: Sven Nykvist, Composer: Marvin Hamlisch, Editor: Marion Rothman, Casting Director: Juliet Taylor, Production Designer: George Jenkins
CAST: Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen
Watched on DVD from Paramount
*Every Monday I watch a classic or historically significant movie that falls into one of these categories: 1) Have never seen it, or 2) Have never seen it uncut, or 3) Have only seen it once, or 4) Haven’t seen it in a very long time.
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