FOR PETE’S SAKE (Theatrical Release USA 1974)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

For Pete’s Sake—edgy adult theme—serves Barbra Streisand well as a venue to show her acting skill. But, like Moonstruck with Cher, the film runs on a sexual pattern that does not serve whole family entertainment needs. The overall story is as well-written as the Out of Towners and has that same sophisticated comedic feel. Casting Department envisioned Barbra Streisand with Michael Sarrazin, a great choice to get the charisma necessary to pull the story from a run-of-the-mill 3-star flick into 4.0 status. For Director Peter Yates the movie presents itself at a higher level than some of his other works such as The Deep.

Storyline

A woman explores several avenues to earn needed extra money.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Peter Yates for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Phil Feldman for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Henry (Barbra Streisand), Pete (Michael Sarrazin), Helen (Estelle Parsons), Mrs. Cherry (Molly Picon), Fred (William Redfield), Nick (Louis Zorich), Judge Hiller (Heywood Hale Broun), Bernie (Richard Ward), Angelo (ed Bakey), and Dominic (Peter Mamakos).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The story serves as a simple, afternoon-fill-in-some-time movie better watched as streaming media than taking the time and monetary investment to go to theater. This film does not have the quality necessary to be a ‘couples date night movie’ and does not require total involvement of time or intellect.

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