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      The Happy Ending

      1969, Drama, 1h 52m

      9 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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      When Fred (John Forsythe) asked for Mary's (Jean Simmons) hand in marriage, she thought she had the happy ending she only read about in fairy tales. Now it's 16 years later; Fred has had an affair, and Mary drowns her sorrows in pills and booze, a dangerous combination that nearly resulted in her death the year before. As Mary rushes off to the Bahamas for a relaxing escape from her crumbling marriage, she reflects on the past and wonders just where it all went wrong.

      • Rating: R (Brief Nudity|Some Substance Abuse)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Richard Brooks

      • Producer: Richard Brooks

      • Writer: Richard Brooks

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Distributor: United Artists

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      • Nov 18, 2010
        Jean Simmons makes this compelling viewing. The backstory of the film is that director Richard Brooks, Simmons husband at the time, was concerned and aware of Jean's alcoholism and designed the picture not only as a showcase for her prestigious talent, rewared with an Oscar nomination, but hopefully a wakeup call for her. It didn't work immediately and eventually helped destroy their marriage but she was able to eventually conquer her demons and live sober until the end of her life. The film itself is a scattershot affair what with it's frequent flashbacks and fragmented nature but does have a beautiful score and excepting Bobby Darin very good supporting work. Shirley Jones is notable in particular in the smallish role of an old college chum of Jean's. The ending is beautifully done, simple and true.
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