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Willie & Phil (1980)





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Director Paul Mazursky's follow-up to his 1978 hit An Unmarried Woman found this filmmaker creating a feature-length homage to the François Truffaut classic Jules and Jim. Willie and Phil begins with Jewish intellectual schoolteacher Willie (Michael Ontkean) meeting gregarious Italian-American fashion photographer Phil (Ray Sharkey) at a screening of Jules and Jim. The two hit it off immediately and soon find their circle of two expanding to three when they meet Jeanette (Margot Kidder), a free-spirited Southerner who has moved to New York City to figure out her life. Jeanette soon moves in Willie, but the three find themselves in a romantic triangle that constantly shifts over the next nine years as each of the three struggles to find their destiny while honoring the love they feel for each other. Mazursky would later remake another foreign classic (Boudu Saved From Drowning) into his hit Down and Out in Beverly Hills


Michael Ontkean
as Willie Kaufman
Margot Kidder
as Jeannette Sutherland
Ray Sharkey
as Phil D'Amico
Jan Miner
as Mrs. Kaufman
Tom Brennan
as Mr. Kaufman
Julie Bovasso
as Mrs. D'Amico
Louis Guss
as Mr. D'Amico
Kathleen Maguire
as Mrs. Sutherland
Kaki Hunter
as Patti Sutherland
Ed Van Nuys
as Official Clerk
Alison Cass Shurpin
as Zelda Kaufman #4
Christine Varnai
as Zelda Kaufman #3
Helen Hanft
as Used-Car Salesperson
Natalie Wood
as Herself
Sol Frieder
as Psychiatrist #2
Donald F. Muhich
as Psychiatrist #1
Alvin Alexis
as Short Boy
Rick van Nutter
as Official Clerk
Cynthia McPherson
as Woman In Hospital Bed
Karen Montgomery
as Cute Blonde
Tom Noonan
as Man In Park
Ginny Ortiz
as Puerto Rican Girl
Lionel Pina
as Puerto Rican Girl's Husband
Louis Cappetto
as Angry Man
Karen Ford
as Movie Patron
Stephen Hart
as House Manager
Kitty Muldoon
as Spokeswoman
Nikolas Irizarry
as Wedding Guest
Madeline Moroff
as Wedding Clerk/Secretary
R.M. Wexler
as Violinist
Mary-Pat Green
as Film Crew Member
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Critic Reviews for Willie & Phil

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

I think Mazursky's suggesting something interesting about the 1970s. It was a decade without a consuming passion, without an overall subject or tone.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Paul Mazursky's story feels old. His allusions to the East and to American society are not funny but frivolous. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Willie & Phil vividly shows the pain and unfulfilment that comes with the yearning for new experience that is so embedded in the American grain.

January 29, 2004 | Full Review…

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