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There's Always Vanilla (1971)

A young man returns to his home city of Pittsburgh and moves in with an older woman whom he begins to rely on for emotional and financial support.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Laine ...
Chris Bradley (as Ray Laine)
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Lynn Harris (as Judith Streiner)
Johanna Lawrence ...
Terri Terrific
Richard Ricci ...
Michael Dorian
Roger McGovern ...
Ron Jaye ...
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Bob Wilson ...
TV Network Executive
Louise Sahene ...
Samantha
Christopher Priore ...
Chris Junior - Terri's Son
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Ralph
Bryson Randolph ...
Mr. Manspeaker
Val Stanley ...
Rug Commercial Director
Vincent D. Survinski ...
Delivery Man (as Vincent Survinski)
Eleanor Schirra ...
Mrs. Harris
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Drunk Guy in Bar (as Bill Hinzman)
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Storyline

Chris Bradley is a young man who returns to his home city of Pittsburgh after several years of drifting and working odd jobs around the country since his discharge from the U.S. Army. Rejecting moving back in with his father and not wanting to return to the family business of manufacturing baby food, Chris meets and shacks up with Lynn, an older woman who works as a model in local TV commercials, and whom becomes his 'sugar mama' of supporting him financially and emotionally, which begins to put a strain on the affair especially when Lynn finds out that she's pregnant and does not feel that Chris would make a responsible father or husband. Written by matt-282

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Every woman knows why the wrong man is irresistible!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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11 February 1972 (USA)  »

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The Affair  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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Briefly seen just after the 54 minute mark, the clapboard for the commercial shoot reads "ROMERO." See more »

Quotes

Mr. Bradley: Chris... why don't you let me send you back to school? I might as well put my money to good use.
Chris Bradley: No thanks, Dad, I don't want to hold back my education.
Mr. Bradley: You better come down out of those clouds, boy... or you're not going to be worth the powder to blow you to hell.
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 6 (1999) See more »

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How Should I Your True Love Know?
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Lyrics by William Shakespeare, from "Hamlet", Act 4
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Delightful Rediscovery
1 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

The house seems to be divided on this one, so let me break the deadlock with a rave review: this is one terrific little movie. Funny, surprising, sharply directed, engagingly written (great movie line: "our very existence depends on that beer"), well performed, and absorbing all the way. Great title, too! (Yes, it is explained in the film.) As Jonathan Rosenbaum has pointed out, There's Always Vanilla is highly evocative of the early 70s; and like many timely films of that era, it has been unjustly neglected. A realistic romantic comedy with a deft side-take on television and advertising, it turns interestingly serious in an abortionist sequence that illuminates the era of Roe v. Wade. Lead actor Raymond Laine is a find, charming yet believable. This movie is only screened very occasionally, and the print I saw (with the less memorable alternate title The Affair) is unfortunately color-faded. But if you ever get the chance to see this, it is a must. Romero at his best.


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