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still just beautifully rendered and potent...


i am sitting here working on the computer and caught the last five minutes or so of the last scene (on turner classics) and it still hits me right where i live-- after all these years. i was a 12 or 13 when i first saw this on hbo and fell in love with it. i am reminded that it is truly one of my all time favorite movies. i am happy to know too that at 41 years old and after all this time, a beautifully rendered movie can still make me hopeful about love and romance. i can't describe how light i feel right now from watching just five minutes of this movie and the subsequent memories that it unleashed.

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I caught about the second half of it. I will be 31 next month and I feel the same way about this movie that you do. I know it is not Neil Simon but this play AND screenplay (written by the same author) reeks of him and yet is still unique. I got so sentimental that I just ordered it off of b and n. My fiance and I, when we first started to date, watched this one afternoon. He had never seen it but I had, and also had read the play. We still love to watch it.

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that's cool that you turned your boyfriend on to it. it is truly really sweet.

i agree. it is reminescent of a neil simon play. i think it may have to do with 'when' the play was written (during the 70's- simon's heydey). i think it speaks to simon's influence as a playwright and pop figure. insipid (as some people think he is) or not, he has had an affect. there are other plays that have a similar feel from that time.

watching it makes it really easy to be nostalgic. btw, i will probably buy it too, as soon as i can.

hey, also, that movie made me a huge ellen burstyn fan. you might want to try resurrection, also starring sam shepherd. it is way darker, but man, what a performance!

peace
jamie

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I too fell in love with this movie as a teenager watching on HBO. I'm 38 now and whenever I read or see something with Burstyn in it I get all misty-eyed about it. I guess I'm a sucker for the whole "Love Transcends All" theme.

She has 2 other sleepy little movies that I'm fond of, The Spitfire Grill and Walking Across Egypt. In both she plays a rather dottering older woman who takes in a young adult with boat-loads of emotional baggage.Somehow she makes both roles fresh and interesting.

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thanks for the headsup. i will look out for them.

yeah, i guess i'm pretty much a sucker too. although, in my defense, there are few things left in this world that make me feel all warm and fuzzy. so i'm pretty happy to take it where i can get it.

thanks again.

jamie

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I'm 19 and I watched this movie for the first time today and really enjoyed it. I rarely watch movies older than myself (i know, gasp!) and this one restored my faith that there are older movies actually worth watching. Same Time Next Year is a timeless story (minus the hairstyles lol). I'm definitely looking forward to getting the DVD.

Tomorrow's just your future yesterday!

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if you are interested, there are quite a few movies that may restore your faith in older films. there is no real rush. let yourself be surprised. i wish i could readily make recommendations, but nothing comes to mind. wait... i know! what about 'foul play' w/ goldie hawn? maybe even 'private benjamin'.

come to think of it, when i was little (5 or 6 or so), i remembered 'the prime of miss jean brodie' getting so much press. i rented the dvd of it very recently (never saw it as a kid) and it was beautiful. i got all the hype (in retrospect, of course). maggie smith is so underrated as an actress. i honestly felt lucky to have gotten to watch it.

hope this helps.

jamie

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sure, I'll take a look at those films (i've seen private benjamin a bunch of times already). thanks for the recommendations :)

Tomorrow's just your future yesterday!

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This is a lovely little film that does make you feel warm all over when it's over. No doubt about it.

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Yes, truly wonderfully enjoyable film. Much like "The Goodbye Girl". You should check out "The Notebook", too. "The Lake House" is another similar feel good movie.

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I really like this movie. Ellen Burstyn is so beautiful and talented. It's interesting that a movie about adultery is still sweet and endearing. Normally this is not so. Alan Alda is wonderful in this. Such a lovely film.

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Agreed.

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