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Reuben, Reuben (1983)

A drunken Scottish poet, who has not written a word in years, feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman.

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Peter De Vries (novel), Herman Shumlin (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Conti ... Gowan McGland
Kelly McGillis ... Geneva Spofford
Roberts Blossom ... Frank Spofford
Joel Fabiani ... Dr. Jack Haxby
Cynthia Harris ... Bobby Springer
Lois Smith ... Mare Spofford
E. Katherine Kerr ... Lucille Haxby
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ... C. B. Springer
Kara Wilson Kara Wilson ... Edith McGland
Jack Davidson ... George Spofford
Damon Douglas Damon Douglas ... Tad Springer
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Harry Pycraft
Ed Grady ... Dr. William Ormsby
Thomas McGowan ... TV Interviewer (as Tom McGowan)
Dan Doby Dan Doby ... Alvin
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Gowan McGland is a half-Irish/half-Welsh Scottish poet with some renown. He is also a total s*** - a boozer, a womanizer (his conquests more frequently married than not), lazy, and a leech, with a deteriorating body and bad teeth, losing which he equates with death. He also has his charms, which, in combination with his renown, leads to him usually being able to get what he wants. His wife, Edith McGland, also a writer, is well aware of who he is, their marriage which is in name only, although they are still good friends. It is because of her profession and her connection that she has been commissioned to write his biography. Because he is lazy, he has not written anything in five years. He is on a speaking tour to earn what little money he has, currently on an extended stop in Woodsmoke, Connecticut. His reputation in almost every sense precedes him in Woodsmoke - including his womanizing where probably only the husbands of his conquests are unaware of what's going on, and his ... Written by Huggo

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As a writer he's fallen on hard times...as a drinker he fall downs regularly...as a womaniser they fall flat on their backs for him See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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To date [June 2013], actor Tom Conti's only ever Academy Award nomination for acting. Though Scottish, Conti's performance in the film was not nominated for a BAFTA. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gowan McGland: Oh shit. Reuben!
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Connections

Referenced in Between Two Worlds: The Making of 'Witness' (2005) See more »

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"Chick flick" train wreck ......
14 November 2018 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Womanizing Scottish poet drinking himself into oblivion, is strictly one for females needing a fantasy fix. Males should most definitely steer clear of this "Lifetime Channel" material. With few praiseworthy traits visible in Gowan McGland's character, it is possible even some women will be turned off by his boorish behavior. I fail to see where all the praise being heaped upon "Reuben, Reuben" comes from? The one redeeming quality might be the presence of the always interesting great character actor, Roberts Blossom. Otherwise, the film is nothing more than a "chick flick" train wreck, with some pretty good performances wasted on such trite material. .......................................................... - MERK


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor e Boemia See more »

Filming Locations:

Shelby, North Carolina, USA

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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