Too old?


Did anyone else think that the cast was too old for the parts? I played Monica in the stage play, and I thought the entire show worked better with a younger cast. Anyone agree that this would have been better if everyone was younger?

"I reject your reality and substitute my own." ~Adam Savage

reply

I agree. I played Leo in school, and thought that the parts of Leo & Karen in the movie were pretty much the only parts where the actors fit, according to age. Mainly Alex & Monica were too old.

reply

I know this is going to sound absolutely stupid, but I was really wondering whether the movie was based on a play, or the play was based on a movie.

"To no absolutes, To Absolut, to Choice, To the Village Voice, To any Passing Fad!"

reply

The play was adapted from the Levinson-Link TV movie by D. D. Brooke. It was changed a little to allow for more female characters. In the play, for example, the producer Walter played by William Daniels in the film is changed to a woman named Bella. Likewise the small part of the cop played by Charles Robinson (from the "Night Court" TV series) was changed to a female role. No harm to the story, but the play is intended for community theatre and high school theatre productions where there are often more females than males auditioning.
Another change was that instead of Karen and Leo living together as the film indicates, all references were changed in the play to indicate that they had been married. I assume this was done to make the play acceptable to the most conservative of potential producers (e.g. a Catholic or other religious high school) who don't want their students to deal with anything they consider inappropriate. I'm currently directing a production at our local community theatre and we are changing these references back to the film version. I just think it is more believable that they simply broke up in one year's time than that they reached the point of getting a divorce, decided to get a divorce, went through the whole legal process, etc. i only one year. Did the same thing when I directed it about 12 years ago at a public high school.
However, it is a good play which keeps the audience guessing until the final twist at the end.

reply

If anyone has seen a Tony contender or known a bit of playwrights and how they continue at a mental age belying their physical chronology, then you'd realise this was just right! The fact you played this in school, was perhaps how your perception was encapsulated in recalling the thrill of the mystery...

http://tinyurl.com/rhd4r/ & http://tinyurl.com/3464k/

reply

You can make that argument, although I'm sure the name value these stars had in 1982 had something to do with who was cast in the parts. And after all, it's not uncommon on Broadway to have stars playing characters much younger than the actors actual age. The actors in the film could certainly be believed in the roles in which they are cast.
However, what's more important in this play is that the characters are age appropriate to each other. In that sense, again, the actors in the film are fine. Alex and Monica (Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave) seem to be a good pairing, age appropriate for each other. If Monica were a lot younger, it would change the nature of their relationship.
However, you're right in saying that the characters could have been younger, 15 or 20 years so. But the fact that they weren't younger doesn't impact the film negatively in my opinion.

reply

I was in the stage play, i need to see this movie now

reply

I only know the movie, but I think it is just right. As a matter of fact, I am watching it right now. I think it makes sense to have Alex and Monica older. He is an established playwright and old enough to be philosophic. Monica is easily older and the whole point is after a successful career in movies, she wanted to try legitimate theater.

I love William Daniels and Patrick Macnee and will watch them in anything.

I thought the cast and story was perfect. So much so that I have told other friends about it, and they loved it, too!

reply

25 or so years ago, the ONLY reason this TV movie was made was that Preston & Redgrave were the headliners. Their names GUARANTEED $$ backing.

reply

I watched this in its original airing and the reason I did so absolutely was because it starred Robert Preston....once I got sucked into the story I enjoyed it for itself though....

It is not our abilities that show who we truly are...it is our choices

reply

Ghostfan, I couldn't have said it better myself. Right down to Mr. Daniels and Mr. Macnee!

reply

Hey, thanks! Actually most of this cast is made up of actors I have loved since I was a kid, or teenager. Mr. Macnee in the Avengers, Robert Preston in Music Man and his soundtrack of I Do! I Do! (Wasn't old enough to see it on stage) and Jeff Goldblum. I loved Levinson and Link mystery movies - I also liked their two others - one with Anthony Hopkins, Blythe Danner and Swoosie Kurtz and the other with Hal Holbrook and Katherine Ross. But this one is my favorite.

reply