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Rabbit, Run (1970)

A crude man is stuck in a loveless marriage. One day he decides to run away from his life and family. First he finds a mistress, but just because a man runs away from one disappointment, doesn't mean he won't run into another one.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

John Updike (novel), Howard B. Kreitsek (written for the screen by)
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Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: James Caan, Peter Boyle, Sally Kellerman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom
Anjanette Comer ... Ruth Leonard
Carrie Snodgress ... Janice Angstrom
Jack Albertson ... Marty Tothero
Arthur Hill ... Jack Eccles
Melodie Johnson ... Lucy Eccles
Henry Jones ... Mr. Angstrom
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Angstrom
Don Keefer ... Mr. Springer
Carmen Mathews ... Mrs. Springer
Nydia Westman ... Mrs. Smith
Mark Antony Van der Nagel Mark Antony Van der Nagel ... Nelson Angstrom
Virginia Vincent ... Margaret
Sondra Scott Sondra Scott ... Miriam Angstrom
Margot Stevenson ... Mrs. Tothero
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Harry and Janice Angstrom of Reading, Pennsylvania, have a young adolescent son, Nelson Angstrom. An artificial stone siding salesman, Harry is still most defined as a star basketball player from his high school days, then when he was nicknamed Rabbit. On a Friday evening, Harry, based on events earlier in the day that made him quit smoking cold turkey to be a better person, decides, also on the spur of the moment, to abandon his job and the family, alcoholic Janice who he only married because she was pregnant with Nelson and who in turn doesn't seem to care about him or Nelson, except for the support she requires from him to survive. Him leaving is despite Janice being pregnant. With no plans, he hops in the car with nothing more than the clothes on his back. In the short term, he decides he wants to stay with a friend of a friend he meets the following night, Ruth Leonard, a party girl. What happens in the intervening months is that life around him still dictates what he does, his ... Written by Huggo

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What made him run from his wife...his career...his mistress See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coniglio, non scappare See more »

Filming Locations:

Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

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Production Co:

Solitaire, Worldcross See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Filmed in Reading, Pennsylvania. Writer John Updike is from the Reading area. See more »

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Referenced in BoJack Horseman: Start Spreading the News (2016) See more »

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For Your Love
Written by Graham Gouldman (uncredited)
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Rabbit, Run from that Soundtrack!
16 July 2010 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

An almost satisfying movie experience. The seldom seen film version of John Updike's novel has equal parts of good and bad. There are scenes that suffer from poor editing and dramatic continuity, especially for instance the first time Rabbit goes to Ruth's apartment, the scene feels rushed as though something was cut out to keep it moving and it loses coherence. A few other scenes are like this. I would guess the film might have been much longer, but it was cut down for unknown reasons. All the performances are good. James Caan has a challenge with Rabbit and he rises to it, you can't despise him for his actions and can almost understand his feelings. Same goes for Janice (Carrie Snodgress, very good) and certainly Ruth, played by the excellent Anjanette Comer. Jack Albertson deserves special mention for his sad characterization. Technically the film is uneven, with some pedestrian direction alongside some beautifully shot and staged scenes. The Reading, PA location is used very well and it's a strong part of the film.

The absolute, single WORST thing about this film is the soundtrack. Godawful, uninspired late sixties rock in place of film music. In 1969 I can assume the producers wanted the film to be 'hip' with current musical styles, but the songs and singers are so dreadful they nearly ruin the film for me. Not only is the music beyond terrible, but it often surges loudly into a quiet scene, adding nothing but irritation. The actors make and save this film. It's worth seeing for them. In finely played supporting roles are familiar faces from TV: Carmen Matthews, Don Keefer, Josephine Hutchinson, and Arthur Hill of course is excellent as always.


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