The Happy Ending1969
The Happy Ending (1969)
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as Mary Wilson
as Fred Wilson
as Mrs. Spencer
as Harry Bricker
as Helen Bricker
as Marge Wilson
as Handsome Man
Critic Reviews for The Happy Ending
A well-developed and acted and potentially significant 'woman's movie' unfortunately drowns in Brooks' over indulgences and over-writing.
The Happy Ending is a kind of false Faces -- a movie that set out to expose the kitsch of Hollywood fantasy.
Simmons is excellent -- she earned an Oscar nomination, as did the song "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?" -- while Bobby Darin amuses as an Italian slickster.
Depressing melodrama about the trials and tribulations of a modern marriage.
Audience Reviews for The Happy Ending
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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