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- kevin sellers
After the first hour I found myself liking this film that, with a straight face, was supportive of a married woman actually WORKING! I mean, can you imagine such a radical notion? Certainly unusual for 1945 Hollywood, unless you were Katherine Hepburn, that is. Unfortunately, the second half, wherein we are asked to sympathize with a family's economic plight during the Depression, even though said family sends two of its four kids to Yale (the sons, not the daughters...guess woman's equality skipped a generation, huh?), and the screenplay refers to white people as "Native Americans", and the last twenty minutes becomes a dime store "Mrs. Miniver", is, to put it kindly, not as enjoyable. So, let's give it a generous B minus for that first hour and the charming performances of Roz Russell and Jack Carson. P.S. Dumb title for a rather gentle picture.
- Karen Ellis
Ros Russell did an amazing job and exemplified a huge range of emotions in a very convincing way. This film combines drama and humor. Most engaging film with a good historical review for those years before we were born. Unbelievable times for sure.
Finally a "tell it like it is/was" movie!
I loved how truthful this movie was; no matter what happened to the people in this film, they kept persevering. I felt that I really could relate with Rosalind Russell's character because she never sugar coated anything and yet was still a kind person. This is a timeless movie because the same situations apply to this day- Like I always say about classic movies, nothing changes except for the year. ;)
Great Movie about a great Mom
- carla palmer
This was one I have miss with Russell and she makes a smart tough woman play out so well; and she is also warm. Great talent.
- Teresa Hartz
What a find! Thank you for selecting this one for Mother's Day. It is truly a great movie, I really fell in love with Carson and think this was the very best of Russell. I think his should be remade with Cruise as Jerk husband #1, Pitt as Great Husband #2, and Reese Witherspoon in the leading role.
Rosalind Russell is great in her role and the movie is truly inspirational. One of the best films ever made....
Last night I was switching channels and I came across TMC channel. I love 40s movies (Black and white) and I am 35 years old. My grandpa watched old movies when I was growing up. Roughly Speaking was on and I caught the movie five minutes in. I love it. I felt close to the characters, like they were talking about my life. My favorite part is when Rosalind russell's character and Jack Carson where Jack's character had to practice on his wife on how to sell vacuums door to door. They look like they had fun doing that skit. It was great. Story plot was great and I love how the whole family loved each other.
Roughly speaking 1945
- marty painter
1\11\2013 Roughly speaking 1945 is a good movie needs to be releases in blu-ray soon roughly speakingis a old good movie please tcm play this movie again soon tcm??/
Feeling good is the end product of this film.Much of it resonates with today's viewers who are faced with challenges - especially of the economic kind.Some might find it simplistic, but what is simplistic about facing adversity with courage, knowing false pride is a deterrent and hope is never a bad thing - even when circumstances do a 180?The cast is excellent, one of Jack Carson's best and Roz Russell sparkles and inspires.One complaint though - the current synopsis on this film needs a rewrite. It somehow misses the tone and plot line
Roughly Speaking (1945)
- James Higgins
Excellent casting. Both Rosalind Russell and Jack Carson are ideal in their roles. It's not a predictable film, nicely written. It does waiver between tragedy and comedy a bit abruptly at times but I never lost interest in the film. Good direction and an effective supporting cast.
- Jarrod McDonald
This film sort of has a feel-good flavor to it. And in some ways it functions as propaganda, convincing the average viewer that life is full of ups and downs and that we can muster the courage to continue, despite the odds. I also think the writers probably pitched it to the studio as 'early woman's rights advocate learns the hard way about men, marriage and love.' Still, Ros Russell is a breath of fresh air, like she is in so many of her film roles. And as others have commented, Jack Carson's chemistry is very good with her. The vacuum cleaner demonstration scene was probably the best moment they shared in this film, and I can imagine what it was like when they first read that scene, rehearsed for it, then actually filmed it. But this moment aside, some of the episodes don't exactly go anywhere. For instance, the time where he goes up in the air and flies around for a minute. What was the purpose of that? I think that's why this isn't a better known film. It could've withstood some revisions, and the action could've been tighter, with more of a nod to the theme. And just what was the theme? That a woman can find love again? Or that her family must brace for difficulty and war? (This was directed by Michael Curtiz, the same guy who directed 'Casablanca,' so I don't think the weaknesses lie with the director, but with an underdeveloped script.) At any rate, I am sure the motion picture resonated with audiences when it premiered, and it stands as a document of that era. Plus, it is a joy to watch the lead actors clown around and also do a bit of drama (the scene where she catches him playing pool has more serious undertones and is very good). Maybe if the film had stronger supporting actors, like if Agnes Moorhead or Lucille Watson had been included as the mentioned-but-not-seen mother of Ros' character, that could've helped make up for some of the story deficiencies.
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- Steve S.
Rosalind Russell - a great actress
Roughly Speaking is my all-time favorite movie. I keep checking to see if it is out on DVD and am disappointed that it isn't yet. The character Miss Russell portrays is so modern for the time it was made. She is an independent, loving Wife and Mom and a capable career woman whose husband doesn't want her to be so capable. He is the weak link in that family. I admire Rosalind Russell and have never been disappointed in any movie I have seen with her, whether it is a lead character or in a minor role. She always shines. I own every one of her movies that are on video. I keep hoping Rosie and Roughly Speaking will soon be available. Ann Doran is another of my favorite character actors that I would watch in any genre.
i want 2 copys
if we all had there chemistry, marriages would last forever, mine is breaking up. without a dream you have nothing, watch the movie and learn, and enjoy
Roz Russell and Jack Carson - a great team
- Sharon A. Quinn
I enjoyed this film on many levels but I am particularly impressed with the chemistry between Jack and Roz. Too often he was typecast as a blowhard or buffoon. In this film he is genuine and appealing. The scene where they come home after the party is touching and very real. Even their body language bespeaks a warm and relaxed relationship. They bring out the best in each other and infuse their characters and their relationship with a sexy charm.
This film demonstated happiness and success is acheived in your attitude toward life's experiences. Don't know if this movie belonged in a drama category as it seemed to be a good family style picture to me. Somewhat of an upbeat,inspirational movie that seemed to have a flat ending. Well acted and worth watching though.
I too have been looking for this movie. Another user said that it is regularly shown on TCM. Just wish there was a way of finding out when it will be scheduled next...
"ROUGHLY SPEAKING" 1945
- M. FULVIO
i was just wondering if there was a chance for this picture to be shown on tcm- i remeber seeing it in the early 1960's and was impressed by this warm movie. i also loved rosalind russell and all that she starred in. but i just never forgot this movie.i would buy it in a heartbeat, but i guess unless you show it no one will ask for it.please let me know if it will come on tcm- i purchase the "now playing" magazine so hopefully -well i can dream can't i.