Something Short of Paradise (1979)

Something Short of Paradise (1979)





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The relationship between Madeleine Ross (Susan Sarandon), a journalist, and Harris Sloane (David Steinberg), an art theater owner is the focus of this standard love story. Neither protagonist is shown being very active in their respective careers, especially considering how active they are in thinking about and connecting to, or disconnecting from each other. Their relationship is anything but steady, so when Madeleine meets the famous French star Jean-Fidel Mileau (played by the famous French star Jean-Pierre Aumont), he is a potent diversion and catalyst for true love at the same time.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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American International Pictures


Susan Sarandon
as Madeline Ross
David Steinberg
as Harris Sloane
Marilyn Sokol
as Ruthie
Joe Grifasi
as Barney
Robert Hitt
as Edgar
Bob Kaliban
as George
Ted Pugh
as Frank
Ann Robey
as Gail
William Francis
as Hotel Manager
Elizabeth Abassi
as Elderly Lady at Airport
Fred Nassif
as Desk Clerk
Robert Miller
as Third Reporter
Joan Pape
as First Reporter
Bernie Passeltiner
as Elevator Operator
Martha Sherrill
as Mrs. Peel
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Critic Reviews for Something Short of Paradise

All Critics (1) extremely blatant riff on Annie Hall.

Full Review… | January 26, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Something Short of Paradise

Blah romance has Susan Sarandon as a strength but is almost completely derailed by Steinberg. Not only does he have the screen charisma of a lemming the character he plays is an annoying jerk. The viewer could care less about whether the main couple get together which is fatal to this kind of film.

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While well intentioned, this movie is something short of paradise as well. David Steinberg (then a well known stand up comedian) seems terribly miscast with a woman (Susan Sarandon) towering over him. Steinberg is no actor for the most part, he never was. This film wanders through flashback and reality to tell the tale that is actually quite realistic. How people come together is not often real smooth. The bickering, the bad times, the breakups, the make ups. This film has all of them. She thinks he's too clingy, he thinks she's too uptight, and they have nothing in common. But soon enough, they fall for each other's quirky charms in a roller-coaster romance that takes them on a hilarious and picturesque journey across New York City, where they confront their differences to try to find some common ground, because finding love in the big city ain't easy! Cast Jean-Pierre Aumont (the French film star) Joe Grifasi David Steinberg (lead male actor) Marilyn Sokol Susan Sarandon (lead female actress) Crew Editor: Frank Bracht Producer: Lester Berman Screenplay: Fred Barron Director: David Helpern Jr. Producer: James C. Gutman Executive Producer: Michael Ingber Cinematographer: Walter Lassally Executive Producer: Herbert Swartz Composer: Mark Snow

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