The Arrangement (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Arrangement (1969)




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Kirk Douglas has an extreme case of mid-life crisis in Elia Kazan's turgid melodrama (adapted from his best-selling novel). Douglas plays successful advertising executive Eddie Anderson, who cracks under the strain of the morning rush hour in Los Angeles and plows his sports car into a truck. Landing in a convalescent home, Eddie remains mute to everyone except his boss Finnegan (Charles Drake). In his recovery room, Eddie dreams about co-worker Gwen (Faye Dunaway), a sexy research assistant at his agency. Meanwhile, the psychiatrist Dr. Liebman (Harold Gould) talks to Eddie's wife, Florence (Deborah Kerr), who reveals that at one time Eddie and Gwen had an affair, but they broke it off. Unfortunately, after that escapade, Eddie's interest in sex vanished completely. Then after the interview with Dr. Liebman, following a terrible nightmare, Eddie breaks out of his self-imposed silence and declares to Florence that he is tired of his unfulfilling life of "arrangements." Eddie returns to work, but the return is marked by Eddie insulting a major client, alienating his co-workers, and then taking off in a private plane in which he flies madly over the skies of L.A. His lawyer Arthur (Hume Cronyn) keeps Eddie from being thrown in jail and also talks Eddie into giving Florence the power of attorney. Eddie proceeds to travel to New York, where he runs into Gwen, who now has a child. Eddie is in New York to visit his senile father, Sam (Richard Boone), but when his family attempts to put Sam in a nursing home, Eddie takes him away with him to their old family estate on Long Island. Eddie calls up Gwen, and she travels to Long Island to resume their affair. Meanwhile, Eddie's loved ones search for Sam, and they are closing in on Eddie's Long Island sanctuary.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Elia Kazan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2007
Warner Home Video


Kirk Douglas
as Eddie Anderson
Deborah Kerr
as Florence Anderson
Ann Hegira
as Thomna
William Hansen
as Dr. Weeks
Charles Drake
as Finnegan
Harold Gould
as Dr. Liebman
E.J. Andre
as Uncle Joe
Michael Murphy
as Father Draddy
Philip Bourneuf
as Judge Morris
Ann Doran
as Nurse Costello
Barry Sullivan
as Chet Collier
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Critic Reviews for The Arrangement

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Overlong, glum, pretentious and glossy soap opera.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A real shame.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Very minor Kazan

July 11, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Arrangement


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

Super Reviewer


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.

Super Reviewer

With weak characters and an even weaker story this movie brings shame upon Kirk Douglas. I don't even know why I saw this movie. Poor dialogue and precedented cinematography spells out "stay away."

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