Lovers and Other Strangers

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Lovers and Other Strangers is a 1970 comedy film based on the play by Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna. The cast includes Richard Castellano, Gig Young, Cloris Leachman, Anne Jackson, Beatrice Arthur, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Harry Guardino,... read more

Lovers and Other Strangers is a 1970 comedy film based on the play by Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna. The cast includes Richard Castellano, Gig Young, Cloris Leachman, Anne Jackson, Beatrice Arthur, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Harry Guardino, Anne Meara, Bob Dishy, Marian Hailey, Joseph Hindy, and, in her film debut, Diane Keaton. Sylvester Stallone was an extra in this movie. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards (it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song), and was one of the top box office performers of 1970. It established Richard Castellano as a star (receiving an Oscar nomination for his performance) and he, along with Diane Keaton, was subsequently cast in The Godfather. The song For All We Know was composed by Fred Karlin with lyrics by Robb Royer and Jimmy Griffin. Lovers and Other Strangers was released by ABC Pictures. It was released on VHS in 1980 by Magnetic Video, but soon went out of print. The Magnetic Video release was a collector's item for many years, but the film was eventually re-released on VHS by CBS/Fox Video in the 1990s. It is now available on DVD by MGM Home Entertainment. Upon seeing this film, Richard Carpenter set about recording the song played during the wedding scene, "For All We Know", with his sister Karen. "Karen and I were in Toronto to open the show for Engelbert Humperdinck. We had one night off before opening and our manager Sherwin Bash suggested we see the film Lovers and Other Strangers. We enjoyed the film and noticed the song For All We Know which we recorded upon our return home." (It subsequently won an Oscar for Best Song of 1970.)[citation needed] Taylor and Bologna followed up with their second screenplay the following year, Made for Each Other in which they also starred.

Original Release

08/12/1970

Cast

Gig Young Hal Henderson
Bea Arthur Bea Vecchio
Bonnie Bedelia Susan Henderson
Anne Jackson Kathy
Diane Keaton Joan Vecchio
Cloris Leachman Bernice Henderson
Anne Meara Wilma
Harry Guardino Johnny
Bob Dishy Jerry
Marian Hailey Brenda
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Cy Howard

Writers

Joseph Bologna, Renee Taylor, David Zelag Goodman

Cast

Gig Young Hal Henderson
Bea Arthur Bea Vecchio
Bonnie Bedelia Susan Henderson
Anne Jackson Kathy
Diane Keaton Joan Vecchio
Cloris Leachman Bernice Henderson
Anne Meara Wilma
Harry Guardino Johnny
Bob Dishy Jerry
Marian Hailey Brenda
Richard S. Castellano Frank Vecchio
Joseph Hindy Ritchie Vecchio
Conrad Bain Confession Priest
Charlotte Jones Johnny's Mother
Jerry Stiller Jim
Michael Brandon Mike Vecchio
Sylvester Stallone Groomsman (uncredited)
Anthony Holland Donaldson
Connie Mason Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Bob Kaliban Hotel Clerk

Producers

Editors

David Bretherton, Sidney Katz

1971 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1971 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nominated
1971 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1971 Oscar Best Music, Original Song Won
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