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I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)

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Neil Simon based his screenplay for I Ought to Be in Pictures on one of his more serious theatrical pieces. Walter Matthau is top-billed as Herbert Tucker, a struggling screenwriter who suddenly finds his 19-year-old daughter, Libby(Dinah Manoff), on his Hollywood doorstep. Having deserted his family years earlier, Herbert isn't keen on having his daughter around to cramp his lifestyle, which at this point consists of drinking his meals and telling lies to his faithful girlfriend, Stephanie (Ann-Margret). Libby takes it upon herself to put Herbert's life in order. There are plenty of angry outbursts and recriminations between father and daughter before the tearful, upbeat conclusion. Incidentally, Dinah Manoff is the daughter of actress Lee Grant, who'd previously co-starred with Walter Matthau in Neil Simon's Plaza Suite -- which, like I Ought to be in Pictures, was directed by Herbert Ross.
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    20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Cast

Dinah Manoff
as Libby Tucker
Walter Matthau
as Herbert Tucker
Ann-Margret
as Steffy Blondell
Lewis Smith
as Soldier
Martin Ferrero
as Monte Del Rey
Santos Morales
as Mexican Truck Driver
Shelby Balik
as Shelley
Bill Cross
as Truck Driver
Virginia Wing
as Auto Cashier
Michael Dudikoff
as Boy on the Bus
Jose Rabelo
as Groundskeeper
Norberto Kermer
as Groundskeeper
Muni Zano
as Motel Cashier
Allan Graf
as Baseball Fan
Art LaFleur
as Baseball Fan
Nomi Mitty
as Baseball Fan
Charles Parks
as Baseball Fan
Wayne Woodson
as Baseball Fan
Tom Wright
as Baseball Fan
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I was worried this movie would come off as dated, but it really doesn't. The story stands the test of time and the movie industry hasn't changed at all it seems. Written by Neil Simon, scenes tend to feel stage-y, but it works okay. I did find it a bit hard to sit through, but for the most part the writing and acting was spot on. Kind of wish the resolution was stronger as it kind of has a "stage" ending which doesn't feel as satisfactory.

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki

If I had a father in Hollywood who was a screenwriter that I hadn't seen in a couple years & there was maybe a chance he'd hook me up, I might move to Hollywood to.I watched this movie just because it had Walter Matthau in it & he was OK I guess but it wasn't all that great.I found Dinah Manoff's character to be annoying & whiny

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

I was worried this movie would come off as dated, but it really doesn't. The story stands the test of time and the movie industry hasn't changed at all it seems. Written by Neil Simon, scenes tend to feel stage-y, but it works okay. I did find it a bit hard to sit through, but for the most part the writing and acting was spot on. Kind of wish the resolution was stronger as it kind of has a "stage" ending which doesn't feel as satisfactory.

Robert I (Master of All Movies)
Robert I (Master of All Movies)

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