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How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980)

How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980)

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Jane Curtin and Susan Saint James share star-billing with Jessica Lange in this uninspired comedy about three women who need a cash infusion. (Curtin and Saint James would later co-star in the popular sitcom Kate and Allie.) Jane (Saint James) is divorced and financially pressed to raise her children in the manner to which they were accustomed. Elaine's (Curtin) husband left with all their assets except for the house and car, and Louise's (Lange) antique store is going to go bust unless she gets rid of the red ink. After the three women share their angst, they hit on a scheme of robbing cash from the local shopping mall, a place they know quite well. That familiarity, it turns out, cannot guarantee success.

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Cast

Dabney Coleman
as Jack Heintzel
Art Metrano
as Gas Station Attendant
Ronnie Schell
as Bill Pike
Garrett Morris
as Power and Light Man
Sybil Danning
as Charlotte
Al Checco
as Tim Lundy
Carmen Zapata
as Mama Figueroa
Dru Wagner
as Harriet
Byron Morrow
as Charlie Goldring
James 'Izzy' Whetstine
as Eddie the Bartender
Jack Krupnick
as Man in Chevy
Robin Hickman
as Singing Salesman
Daniel Maves
as Shoe Salesman
Tom Morrison
as Shoe Salesman
Jonathan Schwartz
as Shoe Salesman
Jane Van Boskirk
as Woman in Office
Bill Ritchie
as Festive Young Man
Robert Canaga
as Garage Sale Man
Colleen Murff
as Lady at Garage Sale
Jerry Zinnemon
as Card Crony
Tom Gressler
as Card Crony
J. Philip Miller
as Security Guard #1
Ralph Garrett
as Security Guard #2
Robert W. Talbot
as Security Guard #3
Harvey Lewis
as Process Server
Nanci Westerland
as Woman Civilian
Joan Schumacher
as Woman Civilian on Stage
Linda Hall
as Woman Civilian on Stage
Craig Jackson
as Man Civilian on Stage
Larry Woodruff
as Man Civilian on Stage
Wendy Shawn
as Pageant Assistant
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