The Arrangement (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Arrangement (1969)




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Movie Info

Florence Anderson (Deborah Kerr), the long-suffering wife of advertising executive Eddie (Kirk Douglas), struggles to understand her husband's affair with Gwen (Faye Dunaway). Eddie goes East to tend to his ailing father Sam (Richard Boone), telling his wife he is done with his affair with Gwen. In an awkward scene, both women attend the funeral of Eddie's father. Arthur (Hume Cronyn) is the family attorney who must untangle the legal mess in the wake of Sam's death. There are some light comedy interludes in this uneven drama taken from director Elia Kazan's 1967 novel. Nudity and four-letter words are plentiful.

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Kirk Douglas
as Eddie Anderson
Deborah Kerr
as Florence Anderson
Ann Hegira
as Thomna
William Hansen
as Dr. Weeks
Charles Drake
as Finnegan
Harold Gould
as Dr. Liebman
E.J. Andre
as Uncle Joe
Michael Murphy
as Father Draddy
Philip Bourneuf
as Judge Morris
Ann Doran
as Nurse Costello
Barry Sullivan
as Chet Collier
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Critic Reviews for The Arrangement

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Kazan seems to have turned his search for identity into a callous soap opera, unworthy of a man of Kazan's true talent.

November 1, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

The movie finally pounds at our moral sense so much that our moral sense wearies and becomes defensive, and we are finally just grateful for Faye Dunaway's beauty, and the way she doesn't raise her voice.

November 1, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The final result of Kazan's dark night of the soul is, tragically, pure american kitsch.

June 29, 2020 | Full Review…

The movie has all the faults of the book, and then some, and you can't skip pages.

May 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Puffy, artsy to the point of ennui, epic where it should be personal, personal where it doesn't matter, drifting, senseless, pointless, irrelevant and dull.

January 14, 2020 | Full Review…

[The Arrangement] plays like a television or radio set with the volume turned up too loud. Everyone comes on strong and loud -- not good, just loud.

November 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Arrangement


A chaotic but thrilling collage of semi-formed ideas. There are as many moments of inspired acting as there are moments of miscalculation and confusion. Visually wild and very different from most of Kazan's other work.

Mike T.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer


Flat searching for meaning drama with high quality cast ill served by the director and script. Deborah Kerr's role as a doormat of a wife is beneath her. Faye is incredibly beautiful here.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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