The Arrangement (1969)




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Florence Anderson (Deborah Kerr), the long-suffering wife of advertising executive Eddie (Kirk Douglas), struggles to understand her husband's affair with Gwen (Faye Dunaway). Eddie goes East to tend to his ailing father Sam (Richard Boone), telling his wife he is done with his affair with Gwen. In an awkward scene, both women attend the funeral of Eddie's father. Arthur (Hume Cronyn) is the family attorney who must untangle the legal mess in the wake of Sam's death. There are some light comedy interludes in this uneven drama taken from director Elia Kazan's 1967 novel. Nudity and four-letter words are plentiful.
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Kirk Douglas
as Eddie Anderson
Deborah Kerr
as Florence Anderson
Hume Cronyn
as Arthur
Anne Hegira
as Thomna
Ann Hegira
as Thomna
William Hansen
as Dr. Weeks
Charles Drake
as Finnegan
Harold Gould
as Dr. Liebman
E.J. Andre
as Uncle Joe
Michael Murphy
as Father Draddy
Philip Bourneuf
as Judge Morris
Diane Hull
as Ellen
Dianne Hull
as Ellen
Ann Doran
as Nurse Costello
Chet Stratton
as Charlie
Barry Sullivan
as Chet Collier
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Critic Reviews for The Arrangement

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

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
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Overlong, glum, pretentious and glossy soap opera.

Full Review… | May 27, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A real shame.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
TV Guide

Very minor Kazan

July 11, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

What anchors the film in place are the performances of Douglas, Deborah Kerr as his wife and most especially a positively glowing Faye Dunaway.

Full Review… | June 13, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Arrangement


Great cast is somewhat wasted by Kazan's overwrought direction in this adaptation of his own best-selling novel.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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.
Mike T.

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Elia Kazan adapts his own novel into a choppy, fragmented psychodrama. But in my eyes, the extremely odd way the film is put together works to give the audience insight into the protagonist's mental breakdown which Kirk Douglas pulls off with admirable gusto.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

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