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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975)

PG | | Comedy | September 1976 (USA)
Sweeney, a divorced man, is willing to do anything, even kidnapping, to win back his wife. He stands a fair chance as the ex-mates continue to sleep together, despite the fact that she's ... See full summary »

Director:

John Trent
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Newley ... Sweeney
Stefanie Powers ... Georgina
Isaac Hayes ... Moriarty
Lloyd Bochner ... Burton
Yvonne De Carlo ... Julia
Henry Ramer ... Prince
Lawrence Dane ... Broom
John Candy ... Kopek
Moya Fenwick Moya Fenwick ... Mrs. Chorley
Anne Marie Sten Anne Marie Sten ... Big Red (as Anne-Marie Sten)
Robert A. Silverman ... Lawyer (as Robert Silverman)
Roy Wordsworth Roy Wordsworth ... Albert
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Sweeney, a divorced man, is willing to do anything, even kidnapping, to win back his wife. He stands a fair chance as the ex-mates continue to sleep together, despite the fact that she's remarried. How far will he go to conquer his beloved once again? It's up to a team of New York cops to try and make sense of the crime.

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Quotes

Man in parking lot: Hey, what's the big idea? This was my parking spot!
Sweeney: I am sorry indeed, dear brother. We have a badly abused copy of "Lady Chatterly's Lover" that is in desperate need of an ink transfusion. I'm sure you'll understand.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown in a zany animation sequence. Towards the end, the voice of star Anthony Newley comments on the names being introduced in these credits. He calls the producer "a funny fella" and mispronounces a slew of other names. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some video versions strategically crop the sequences featuring Anthony Newley's buttocks. All the dialogue, however, remains intact. See more »

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some of the lamest slapstick in the history of film
27 August 2001 | by ajdagreatSee all my reviews

I unfortunately purchased this movie and the sequel, "Find the Lady" for 10 bucks. I am a big fan of John Candy and the back of the box made it seem better than it is. But after I watched the first one, I threw both of them out without ever seeing "Find the Lady." This movie is just slapstick with no point. It's not even Three-Stooges-quality slapstick, it's just plain pointless. I should've listened to that first review, but I saw it anyway. Don't make my same mistake. If you purchased the same two-pack as I did, do yourself a favor and give it to someone you don't like for his / her birthday.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Idea! See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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