Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975)

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Sheila (Jeannie Berlin) is not one of life's golden people: she's not especially good-looking, charming, charismatic, or smart. As a result, she has to struggle constantly. For some reason, she decides to move from the suburbs to New York City. Now she has a roommate (Rebecca Dianna Smith), a job with a record company, and a self-imposed obligation to try to meet some men. One night she goes out to a singles bar and meets Sam (Roy Scheider), a nice-looking doctor. They have what is for him a one-night stand, but Sheila is smitten. She hasn't had all that much luck with men, and this one she would like to keep. Embarrassed, Sam tries as gently as he can to ignore her. This becomes much more difficult when he starts dating Sheila's personable roommate. The screenplay for this gentle comedy was adapted by Gail Parent from her best-selling book of the same name. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Cast

Janet Brandt
as Bernice
Jack Bernardi
as Uncle Herm
Talley Parker
as Rochelle
Jon Miller
as Norman
Richard Rasof
as Attendant
Evelyn Russell
as Miss Burke
Karen Anders
as Aunt Min
Lyle Moraine
as Pianist
Sandra Golden
as Performer
Victor Raphael
as Performer
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Critic Reviews for Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York

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The film has virtually no appeal.

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In the final anaylsis, it is the unpredictability of its lead characters that makes "Sheila Levine" intriguing.

August 17, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The novel had a wry credibility; the film is preposterous.

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It all has been done with warm and comic overtones via Miss Berlin's performance and the rather studied direction of Furie, who has in recent years become a steady skillful director...

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Miss Berlin and the laconic Scheider make a sweetly odd couple. It's an important new career horizon for the latter, who couldn't have played cops and hit men for the rest of his life.

August 17, 2021 | Full Review…

The hard-hitting book has become a half-credible fantasy that panders to the romantic imagination of the masses...

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