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OUT OF TOWNERS

SYNOPSIS:
Henry (Steve Martin) and Nancy (Goldie Hawn) are married and live in Ohio. Their children have left home, and both are in a rut. They look at each other one day and wonder what to say. On a trip to New York for a job interview, Henry and Nancy's trip turns into a series of mishaps from the time their flight is re-routed to being mugged. When they register into their luxurious hotel, they meet with the wrath of Mersault (John Cleese), an aristocratic hotel manager who has a hidden secret.

"Frivolous, ludicrous and a bundle of fun, The Out of Towners combines Neil Simon's satirical wit with the winning combination of Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin. If life has stamped on you with the boot of everyday ire, this is the kind of pick-me-up tonic that will work wonders. With little if any concentration, all you need to do is be willing to tag along for the ride and have a good time. Don't expect the plot to be plausible or believable, this only promises to be a good-natured romp to lighten and brighten your spirits with its slapstick and farce. Even when the script sinks into the rabbit hole of ridicule, Hawn and Martin are a delight to watch their execution, timing and sheer professionalism is magical. The piece de resistance is the inspired casting of the irrepressible John Cleese, who dishes out the charm as only he can; we hang on his every word. But if you look closely at some of the incidents that go wrong and yes, we can all empathise with plane re-routing, lost luggage, being mugged there are moments that work for the comedy alone. It's easy to be seduced when Nancy and Henry find themselves in a group sharing their sex problems. We can see exactly what is in their minds, as they eye the donuts and croissants by the door if this is what singing for your supper is about, they are willing to be canaries. Hawn's seduction scene in the bar may be predictable, but it's a laugh a minute and is thoroughly enjoyable. The cinematography is splendid, while Marc Shaiman's score zings like a breath of fresh air jazz, melodic piano and foot-tapping swing. Like a wind-blown dandelion, Out of Towners is a light and frivolous encounter."
Louise Keller

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OUT OF TOWNERS
(US)

CAST: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Mark McKinney, John Cleese

DIRECTOR: Sam Weisman

PRODUCER: Robert Evans, Teri Schwartz, Robert Cort, David Madden

SCRIPT: Marc Lawrence (based on screenplay by Neil Simon)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Bailey ASC

EDITOR: Kent Beyda

MUSIC: Marc Shaiman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ken Adam

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: July 22, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: February 25, 2000 (Rental)
September 8, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount

VIDEO RELEASE: September 8, 2000

Also available - the original Out of Towners, starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis







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