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A Touch of Class (1973)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 25 May 1973 (UK)
Romantic comedy about a pair of clandestine lovers in a London-Spain tryst.

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Melvin Frank
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Steve Blackburn
Glenda Jackson ... Vickie Allessio
Paul Sorvino ... Walter Menkes
K Callan ... Patty Menkes
Cec Linder ... Wendell Thompson
Michael Elwyn ... Cecil
Mary Barclay Mary Barclay ... Martha Thompson
Nadim Sawalha ... Night Hotel Manager
Ian Thompson Ian Thompson ... Derek
Ève Karpf Ève Karpf ... Miss Ramos (as Eve Karpf)
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Doctor Alvarez (as David De Keyser)
Gaye Brown Gaye Brown ... Dora French
Carl Oatley Carl Oatley ... Bell Boy
Rebecca De Los Reyes Rebecca De Los Reyes ... Rent-A-Car Clerk
Felipe Solano Felipe Solano ... Airline Clerk Malaga
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Storyline

American Steve Blackburn, in the insurance business, is married with two kids. Vickie Allessio, a self described design "stealer" for a knockoff fashion house, is a recent divorcée with two kids. Steve and Vickie are running into each other more and more in their day to day lives in London before even knowing who the other is, which suits them both fine, as when they do finally officially meet, Steve is up front that he wants to have an affair with her, Steve who has had affairs in the past whenever his wife Gloria, who is from old money, isn't around which is currently the case as she is in the States visiting her parents. Vickie, in turn, is up front that she is amenable to a no-strings affair with him under specific circumstances, namely that it be at least a classy short term affair, meaning no cheap motels, and preferably a weekend away somewhere warm. Able to arrange a business trip to Málaga, Spain, for a week, Steve convinces Vickie to change their agreed weekend to a week and... Written by Huggo

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A funny thing happened to George Segal and Glenda Jackson on the way to an affair. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 May 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Touch of Class See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,312,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The black-and-white film on TV that Glenda Jackson and George Segal were weeping to was Brief Encounter (1945). In that film, the main characters (both married but not to each other) were also having an affair. See more »

Goofs

At 2:43, where Steve falls isn't where he gets up at 2:48. See more »

Quotes

Vickie Allessio: God, you're all the same. This obsession with male sexual prowess. It is so typically American.
Steve Blackburn: Oh, is it?
Vickie Allessio: It is, if you don't mind me telling you.
Steve Blackburn: I don't mind you telling me, not a bit. But it's just that phrase I can't stand - "typically American".
Vickie Allessio: Why not?
Steve Blackburn: Because there's no such thing as typically American.
Vickie Allessio: Whoa-ho-ho!
Steve Blackburn: It's a big place, America. Which typically American Americans do you mean? The cab drivers in New York? The coal miners in Pennsylvania? The students at Berkeley? The ...
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Featured in It'll Be Alright on the Night 2 (1979) See more »

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All That Love Went to Waste
Written by George Barrie and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Madeline Bell
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A Touch of Class--35 Years Later
25 August 2009 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

You've got to view this as a reflection of the Sexual Revolution in its full 70s "swinging" mode, where infidelity within an unhappy marriage was viewed as less simply immoral than now. As such it's a charming time capsule with very good casting. I thought this movie was terrific (albeit imperfect) at the time, when I saw it as a teenager. Of course it seemed very sophisticated to me then--and it made me infatuated with George Segal, who seemed so goofy and charming and attractive. A perfect post-Bobby Sherman interest for a curious 12- year-old.

As for Jackson's Best Actress win--well, there really weren't a lot of good roles for women at the time. This is a particular instance (like Louise Fletcher's very-supporting Best Actress win for "Cuckoo's Nest") that proves how dismal the competition was in that era. Of course there were fine actress performances in films during the 70s, albeit ones too small or too foreign or too art-house-y to be noticed by the Academy. But really, the whole era just sucked in terms of substantial women's leading roles.

The film's own dated sexism is apparent in its obliviousness toward divorcée Jackson's drop- everything-whenever-called neglect of her children (guess she has nothing better to do!) whereas much attention is given to Segal's neglect of his wife and children (he's a guy, so of course he's got better things to do!). As if her commitments aren't important, while his naturally are.

"A Touch of Class" seemed overrated at the time (this movie got multiple Oscar nominations in the same year as "Mean Streets"?!?), and it hasn't aged brilliantly. Nonetheless, it's an excellent example of a romantic comedy reflecting a very different moral complexity than movies allow nowadays.


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