Willie & Phil (1980)

Willie & Phil (1980)





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Director Paul Mazursky's follow-up to his 1978 hit An Unmarried Woman found this filmmaker creating a feature-length homage to the François Truffaut classic Jules and Jim. Willie and Phil begins with Jewish intellectual schoolteacher Willie (Michael Ontkean) meeting gregarious Italian-American fashion photographer Phil (Ray Sharkey) at a screening of Jules and Jim. The two hit it off immediately and soon find their circle of two expanding to three when they meet Jeanette (Margot Kidder), a free-spirited Southerner who has moved to New York City to figure out her life. Jeanette soon moves in Willie, but the three find themselves in a romantic triangle that constantly shifts over the next nine years as each of the three struggles to find their destiny while honoring the love they feel for each other. Mazursky would later remake another foreign classic (Boudu Saved From Drowning) into his hit Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Comedy , Drama
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Michael Ontkean
as Willie Kaufman
Margot Kidder
as Jeannette Sutherland
Ray Sharkey
as Phil D'Amico
Jan Miner
as Mrs. Kaufman
Tom Brennan
as Mr. Kaufman
Julie Bovasso
as Mrs. D'Amico
Louis Guss
as Mr. D'Amico
Kathleen Maguire
as Mrs. Sutherland
Kaki Hunter
as Patti Sutherland
Ed Van Nuys
as Official Clerk
Alison Cass Shurpin
as Zelda Kaufman #4
Christine Varnai
as Zelda Kaufman #3
Walter N. Lowery
as Park Bum
Jerry Hall
as Karen
Helen Hanft
as Used-Car Salesperson
Natalie Wood
as Herself
Sol Frieder
as Psychiatrist #2
Donald F. Muhich
as Psychiatrist #1
Anne E. Wile
as Elaine
Allen C. Dawson
as Tall Boy
Alvin Alexis
as Short Boy
Robert Townsend
as Thin Boy
Rick van Nutter
as Official Clerk
Cynthia McPherson
as Woman In Hospital Bed
Karen Montgomery
as Cute Blonde
Tom Noonan
as Man In Park
Ginny Ortiz
as Puerto Rican Girl
Lionel Pina
as Puerto Rican Girl's Husband
Louis Cappetto
as Angry Man
Karen Ford
as Movie Patron
Stephen Hart
as House Manager
Kitty Muldoon
as Spokeswoman
Nikolas Irizarry
as Wedding Guest
Madeline Moroff
as Wedding Clerk/Secretary
R.M. Wexler
as Violinist
Mary-Pat Green
as Film Crew Member
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Critic Reviews for Willie & Phil

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Willie & Phil vividly shows the pain and unfulfilment that comes with the yearning for new experience that is so embedded in the American grain.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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June 17, 2005

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Willie & Phil


*** (out of four) An obvious product of the time it was made, "Willie and Phil" feels a bit dated in its ideals and views. But, it is still an engaging and fun drama that boasts some fine perormances from Michael Ontkean, Ray Sharkey and Margot Kidder. Willie (Sharkey) and Phil (Michael Ontkean) meet each outside of a Greenwich Village movie theater in 1970 after seeing a foreign film. They talk a bit and learn they have a lot in common. They become fast friends and do everything together. That is until an interesting woman (Kidder) comes into their lives. A strange triangle begins that will follow them through the 1970's from New York to L.A. The journey is worth taking for the most part.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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