Seize the Day (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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Cast

Robin Williams
as Tommy Wilhelm
Joseph Wiseman
as Dr. Adler
Jerry Stiller
as Dr. Tamkin
Stephen Stimpell
as Stockbroker
Stephen Strimpell
as Stockbroker
Jayne Heller
as Mrs. Adler
Gillien Goll
as Receptionist
Mara Lori
as Little Girl
Fran Brill
as Mother
Tony Roberts
as Bernie Pell
Saul Bellow
as Man in Hall
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
Allen Swift
as Maurice Venice
Harry Davis
as Elderly Man
O.L. Duke
as Funeral Home Attendant
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
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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Under rated Robin Williams performance.

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