Seize the Day (1986)





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The PBS series Great Performances first presented the made-for-TV feature Seize the Day. The time is the success-driven '50s; Robin Williams plays Tommy Wilhelm, a middle-ager who has just lost his salesman's job. Margaret, his wife (Katherine Borowitz), is on the verge of divorce and fully intends to take him to the cleaners whether he has an income or not. Doctor Adler (Joseph Wiseman), Tommy's judgmental father, cannot abide having a failure in the family and refuses to lend his son a single penny. In desperation, Tommy heads to New York City, where his old wheeler-dealer pal Dr. Tamkin (Jerry Stiller) has promised him a job. Even there, however, Tommy is defeated by the cold-shoulder treatment afforded him by the people whose opinions he values most. Seize the Day was adapted by Ronald Ribman from the novel by Saul Bellow.
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Robin Williams
as Tommy Wilhelm
Joseph Wiseman
as Dr. Adler
Jerry Stiller
as Dr. Tamkin
David H. Bickford
as Son-In-Law
Stephen Stimpell
as Stockbroker
Stephen Strimpell
as Stockbroker
Jayne Heller
as Mrs. Adler
Louis Guss
as Rubin
Gillien Goll
as Receptionist
Mara Lori
as Little Girl
Steve Vinovich
as Zeigler
Fran Brill
as Mother
Tony Roberts
as Bernie Pell
Saul Bellow
as Man in Hall
Adam Rappaport
as Michael
Jo Van Fleet
as Mrs. Einhorn
Mariane Brinkendahl
as German Woman
Paula Trueman
as Woman No. 1
Mildred Clinton
as Woman No. 2
Rose Arrick
as Waitress
Roger DeKoven
as Fischer
Allen Swift
as Maurice Venice
Fyvush Finkel
as Shomier
Harry Davis
as Elderly Man
Walter Gorney
as Panhandler
Robertson Carricart
as Trader No. 1
Joe Sharkey
as Trader No. 2
Kent Broadhurst
as Trader No. 3
Tom Aldredge
as Rappaport
Carl Low
as Rowland
Dan Joiner
as Bearded Man
Jarek Stremien
as Investor
O. L. Duke
as Funeral Home Attendant
Eileen Heckart
as Funeral Woman No. 1
Elizabeth Perry
as Funeral Woman No. 2
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July 22, 2005

Audience Reviews for Seize the Day

This isn't a bad movie per say. It's not a typical movie either. It's weird. It's a drama about a man going through some really hard times. You think it's going somewhere, then all of a sudden it ends and I'm like, "WHAT THE HECK!?!??!". The reason you would ever want to see this movie is to watch Robin Williams brilliant acting which he does an amazing job.

Andrew Lindsey
Andrew Lindsey

Robin's performance was fun to watch, but the film itself seemed like it was shot and edited by ten year olds. It was worth one watch I guess, just to see another pre Good Morning, Vietnam Robin Williams effort. Extra half star for making me despise love of the almighty dollar even more.

Gaspar Oot
Gaspar Oot

In the grand scheme of filmography, very few films really get you to connect wholeheartedly with a character enough to feel their feelings. Whether it be the nerve racking circumstances that the script places Tommy Wilhelm or the awesome emotion shown by Robin Williams, Seize the Day is one of those few films. "Don't marry suffering the way some people do. They marry suffering, they eat with suffering, they sleep with suffering. And they find some joy in their lives; they think their committing adultery. Forget your father. For him love is a recessive gene." - Tampkin (Jerry Stiller).

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