The Arrangement (1969)


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Kirk Douglas has an extreme case of mid-life crisis in Elia Kazan's turgid melodrama (adapted from his best-selling novel). Douglas plays successful advertising executive Eddie Anderson, who cracks under the strain of the morning rush hour in Los Angeles and plows his sports car into a truck. Landing in a convalescent home, Eddie remains mute to everyone except his boss Finnegan (Charles Drake). In his recovery room, Eddie dreams about co-worker Gwen (Faye Dunaway), a sexy research assistant at … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Elia Kazan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2007
Warner Home Video


as Eddie Anderson

as Florence Anderson

as Arthur

as Thomna

as Dr. Weeks

as Finnegan

as Dr. Liebman

as Uncle Joe

as Father Draddy

as Judge Morris

as Nurse Costello

as Chet Collier
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Critic Reviews for The Arrangement

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Kazan seems to have turned his search for identity into a callous soap opera, unworthy of a man of Kazan's true talent.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie finally pounds at our moral sense so much that our moral sense wearies and becomes defensive, and we are finally just grateful for Faye Dunaway's beauty, and the way she doesn't raise her voice.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Overlong, glum, pretentious and glossy soap opera.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A real shame.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Very minor Kazan

July 11, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Arrangement


Flat searching for meaning drama with high quality cast ill served by the director and script. Deborah Kerr's role as a doormat of a wife is beneath her. Faye is incredibly beautiful here.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A chaotic but thrilling collage of semi-formed ideas. There are as many moments of inspired acting as there are moments of miscalculation and confusion. Visually wild and very different from most of Kazan's other work.

Mike T.

Super Reviewer

With weak characters and an even weaker story this movie brings shame upon Kirk Douglas. I don't even know why I saw this movie. Poor dialogue and precedented cinematography spells out "stay away."

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