The Arrangement (1969)



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Florence Anderson (Deborah Kerr), the long-suffering wife of advertising executive Eddie (Kirk Douglas), struggles to understand her husband's affair with Gwen (Faye Dunaway). Eddie goes East to tend to his ailing father Sam (Richard Boone), telling his wife he is done with his affair with Gwen. In an awkward scene, both women attend the funeral of Eddie's father. Arthur (Hume Cronyn) is the family attorney who must untangle the legal mess in the wake of Sam's death. There are some light comedy interludes in this uneven drama taken from director Elia Kazan's 1967 novel. Nudity and four-letter words are plentiful.

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Critic Reviews for The Arrangement

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Kazan seems to have turned his search for identity into a callous soap opera, unworthy of a man of Kazan's true talent.

Nov 1, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

The movie finally pounds at our moral sense so much that our moral sense wearies and becomes defensive, and we are finally just grateful for Faye Dunaway's beauty, and the way she doesn't raise her voice.

Nov 1, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

As soon as the characters begin the laborious process of self-analysis, the parade of guilts and obsessions could be marshaled and set in action by any halfway assiduous reader of Time magazine.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Overlong, glum, pretentious and glossy soap opera.

May 28, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A real shame.

Nov 1, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Very minor Kazan

Jul 11, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Arrangement


A chaotic but thrilling collage of semi-formed ideas. There are as many moments of inspired acting as there are moments of miscalculation and confusion. Visually wild and very different from most of Kazan's other work.

Mike T.
Mike T.

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Flat searching for meaning drama with high quality cast ill served by the director and script. Deborah Kerr's role as a doormat of a wife is beneath her. Faye is incredibly beautiful here.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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