Rich and Famous (1981)




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Rich and Famous explores the vicissitudes of a 20-year friendship between two women (Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen). One's an author, the other's a housewife and mom. They both rely on their somewhat competitive relationship to anchor their lives and wouldn't want to lose each others' companionship, though sometimes things get testy.
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Jacqueline Bisset
as Liz Hamilton
Candice Bergen
as Merry Noel Blake
David Selby
as Douglas 'Doug' Blake
Hart Bochner
as Christopher 'Chris' Adams
Steven Hill
as Jules Levi
Meg Ryan
as Debby (age 18)
Matt Lattanzi
as The Boy Jim
Daniel Faraldo
as Ginger Trinidad
Nicole Eggert
as Debby (age 8)
Dick Cavett
as Himself
Joe Maross
as Martin Fornam
Kres Mersky
as Judy Heller
Merv Griffin
as Himself
Cloyce Morrow
as Martha Antilles
Allan Warnick
as Desk Clerk
Ann Risley
as Max's Wife
Damion Sheller
as Max's Son
Haley Fox
as Max's Daughter
Fay Kanin
as Prof. Fields
Tara Simpson
as Stewardess
Herb Graham
as Waiter
Charlotte Moore
as Clerk in Cartier
John Perkins
as Limo Driver
Herb Bress
as Waiter in Hallway
Alan Berliner
as Photographer
William G. Schilling
as Waldorf Doorman
Don Bachardy
as Malibu Party Guest
Ruth Conte
as Malibu Party Guest
Marsha A. Hunt
as Malibu Party Guest
Christopher Isherwood
as Malibu Party Guest
Pola Miller
as Malibu Party Guest
Paul Morrissey
as Malibu Party Guest
Jennifer Nairn-Smith
as Malibu Party Guest
Karen Somerville
as Malibu Party Guest
Roger Vadim
as Malibu Party Guest
Sandra Smith Allyn
as Literary Party Guest
Frances Bergen
as Literary Party Guest
Ray Bradbury
as Literary Party Guest
Ellen J. Brill
as Literary Party Guest
Gwen Davis
as Literary Party Guest
Frank De Felitta
as Literary Party Guest
Michael Dewell
as Literary Party Guest
Nina Foch
as Literary Party Guest
Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
as Literary Party Guest
Oliver Hailey
as Literary Party Guest
Randal Kleiser
as Literary Party Guest
Gavin Lambert
as Literary Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Rich and Famous

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

This saga about two friends falls short of heartfelt and never satisfies

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Urban Cinefile

camp, overwrought, delicious

June 5, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

Entertaining remake of Old Acquaintance from the twilight of Cukor's career.

August 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Audience Reviews for Rich and Famous


The last movie of prolific director, George Cukor, is probably his worst. The acting is terrible and the story is incredibly boring. (First and only viewing - 1/19/2016)

Adam R
Adam R

Wow! This Was B-A-D ! Incredibly embarrassing final film for director George Cukor. His great career wheezes to a stiflingly bad conclusion in "Rich and Famous." I am guessing it is supposed to be an R-rated version of the popular "women's pictures" from times previous. But, instead, it lurches so uncomfortably with terrible dialogue that no one would EVER speak. The performances are rudimentary, at best, with Bergen's terrible come-and-go attempt at a southern accent the most egregious. I only watched it on TCM because: 1.) There was nothing else on, and 2.) To see how bad this trainwreck would be. Conclusion: Pretty bad! ** (2 Out of 10 Stars)

John Miller
John Miller

George Cukor's final film is not a bad turn. In fact, had it been helmed by lesser filmmaker it might be a bit easier to enjoy. While that seems unfair, one really would have expected more from this director and his two leading ladies. Bergen and Bisset are both quite capable in their respective roles. Bisset has the two strongest scenes in the film: an uncomfortable erotic encounter in a plane toilet and a truly sensual scene of a younger man undressing for an older woman are both effective and memorable. Despite some great comic timing, Bergen's performance comes off as crating. This should have been a much better film. Though, it certainly could have been much worse.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

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