Those Lips, Those Eyes


1h 47m 1980
Those Lips, Those Eyes

Brief Synopsis

A small-town star helps a young apprentice land the girl of his dreams.

Film Details

Also Known As
Those Lips Those Eyes, Those Lips, Those Eyes
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Release Date
1980
Production Company
Bill Manooch

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Synopsis

During the 1950s, pre-med student Artie Shoemaker gets a job as a prop boy at a summer stock theatre in Ohio. He is not good at the job, and is almost fired, but the group's leading man Harry Crystal steps in and protects him. Crystal's talent might be limited, but his charm is great, and he helps start a romance between Artie and one of the dancers in the chorus.

Crew

Wendy Atterbury

Script Supervisor

William D Barber

Camera Operator

Maurie Beck

Assistant Editor

Richard C Beseigne

Construction Coordinator

Henry Martyn Blossom

Book As Source Material

Henry Martyn Blossom

Theme Lyrics

Paul S Borchardt

Camera Assistant

James T Boyle

Gaffer

Norman Burza

Costumes

John Ross Bush

Location Manager

Bobby Byrne

Director Of Photography

Allison Caine

Technical Advisor

J David Craig

Production Assistant

Oga Danylo

Other

Ray De La Motte

Camera Operator

Howard Feuer

Casting

Wayne Fitzgerald

Titles

Rudolf Friml

Music

Robert Gaynor

Dolly Grip

Oscar Hammerstein Ii

Theme Lyrics

Oscar Hammerstein Ii

Music

Oscar Hammerstein Ii

Book As Source Material

Otto Harbach

Other

Otto Harbach

Theme Lyrics

Otto Harbach

Book As Source Material

Jack Hayes

Original Music

Edouard F Henriques

Makeup

James Herbert

Location Manager

Victor Herbert

Music

Walter Scott Herndon

Production Designer

Tim Hill

Transportation Coordinator

Brian Hooker

Book As Source Material

Brian Hooker

Theme Lyrics

Craig W Huston

Assistant Director

Herb Jaffe

Executive Producer

Steven Charles Jaffe

Producer

Jerry Jost

Sound

Richard S Kaufman

Music Conductor

Richard S Kaufman

Music Supervisor

David J Kimball

Sound

Marvin I Kosberg

Sound Editor

Robert J Litt

Sound

Toby Lovallo

Assistant Director

Vicki Lowe

Assistant Camera Operator

George Luxenberg

Props

Claire Mactague

Production Coordinator

Frank Mandel

Music

Bill Manooch

Cable Operator

Gil Marchant

Sound Editor

Marshall Marker

Photography

James L Mcmillian

Choreographer

Lola Mcnalley

Hair

Stephen L Meek

Production Assistant

Millie Moore

Editor

John E Oliver

Music

Tony Palk

Sound Effects Editor

William H Post

Book As Source Material

William H Post

Theme Lyrics

Ellen Powell

Hair

Michael Pressman

Producer

Robert J Quinlan

Camera Operator

Bonne Radford

Accounting Assistant

Frank W Reale

Sound Mixer

Frank W Reale

Sound

Jeremy Ritzer

Casting

Aaron Rochin

Sound

Aaron Rochin

Sound Mixer

Sigmund Romberg

Music

Marge Rowland

Production Accountant

Bron Roylance

Makeup

Richard M. Rubin

Props

Blake Russell

Set Designer

William Saracino

Sound Editor

Laurence Schwab

Music

David Shaber

Screenplay

Michael Sibley

Camera Operator

Dan Siretta

Choreographer

Dan Siretta

Music

Michael Small

Music

Michael Small

Music Conductor

Stanzi Stokes

Casting

Stanzi Stokes

Assistant

Herbert Stolhart

Music

Ted T Sugiura

Assistant Camera Operator

Pat Suraci

Boom Operator

Edward Teets

Unit Production Manager

Edward Teets

Associate Producer

Don Wilkerson

Dga Trainee

Llandys Williams

Costumes

Howard Wollman

Sound

Film Details

Also Known As
Those Lips Those Eyes, Those Lips, Those Eyes
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Release Date
1980
Production Company
Bill Manooch

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Articles

Those Lips, Those Eyes


With a recent Academy Award nomination (his first) to cap Frank Langella's long, distinguished career, fans of the actor may wish to look back at one of his underrated earlier films, Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980). Langella plays Harry Crystal, star of a summer stock musical show, an actor in his forties who never made it into the major leagues but still waits for the big break - a discovery by some Broadway agent who may see his performance. This nostalgic story of theater life was a natural for Langella, an actor who has done some notable film work-from Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) to Starting Out in the Evening (2007)-but whose first love and area of greatest achievement has always been the theater. In fact, two of his most acclaimed film roles, Dracula (1979) and the Oscar®-nominated Frost/Nixon (2008), were screen versions of performances he originated on Broadway.

Langella's Harry Crystal, however, is not the central character here. That role goes to Tom Hulce as wide-eyed, naïve Artie Shoemaker, who takes a summer off from school, where he is pursuing the career in medicine his parents envisioned for him, to work backstage at a small Ohio theater in the 1950s. Along the way he meets and falls for one of the show's chorus girls, Ramona, and true to any coming-of-age story, learns some life lessons. Hulce also knows a bit about this story's premise, having started out as an usher and ticket seller for a small Michigan theater company. Cast as an understudy to Peter Firth in the Broadway production of Equus, Hulce got the chance to step in to the role after nine months on the job. A number of film and stage appearances followed, including his Oscar®-nominated performance in the title role of Amadeus (1984).

The operettas that were a staple of touring shows in the old days get an affectionate send-up in the script by David Shaber, who also penned Walter Hill's gangland fantasy The Warriors (1979), and Jonathan Demme's Hitchcock riff Last Embrace (1979). Included are numbers from The Vagabond King, The Desert Song, and other warhorses of the genre by the likes of Hammerstein, Friml, Herbert, and Romberg, many of which were adapted for the screen in the heyday of the American film musical.

Those Lips, Those Eyes was actually shot in an Ohio summer stock theater, the Cain Park Theater in Cleveland Heights.

Director: Michael Pressman
Producer: Herb Jaffe
Screenplay: David Shaber
Cinematography: Bobby Byrne
Editing: Millie Moore
Production Design: Walter Scott Herndon
Original Music: Michael Small
Cast: Frank Langella (Harry Crystal), Glynnis O'Connor (Ramona), Tom Hulce (Artie Shoemaker), Jerry Stiller (Mr. Shoemaker), Kevin McCarthy (Mickey Bellinger).
C- 105m.

by Rob Nixon
Those Lips, Those Eyes

Those Lips, Those Eyes

With a recent Academy Award nomination (his first) to cap Frank Langella's long, distinguished career, fans of the actor may wish to look back at one of his underrated earlier films, Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980). Langella plays Harry Crystal, star of a summer stock musical show, an actor in his forties who never made it into the major leagues but still waits for the big break - a discovery by some Broadway agent who may see his performance. This nostalgic story of theater life was a natural for Langella, an actor who has done some notable film work-from Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) to Starting Out in the Evening (2007)-but whose first love and area of greatest achievement has always been the theater. In fact, two of his most acclaimed film roles, Dracula (1979) and the Oscar®-nominated Frost/Nixon (2008), were screen versions of performances he originated on Broadway. Langella's Harry Crystal, however, is not the central character here. That role goes to Tom Hulce as wide-eyed, naïve Artie Shoemaker, who takes a summer off from school, where he is pursuing the career in medicine his parents envisioned for him, to work backstage at a small Ohio theater in the 1950s. Along the way he meets and falls for one of the show's chorus girls, Ramona, and true to any coming-of-age story, learns some life lessons. Hulce also knows a bit about this story's premise, having started out as an usher and ticket seller for a small Michigan theater company. Cast as an understudy to Peter Firth in the Broadway production of Equus, Hulce got the chance to step in to the role after nine months on the job. A number of film and stage appearances followed, including his Oscar®-nominated performance in the title role of Amadeus (1984). The operettas that were a staple of touring shows in the old days get an affectionate send-up in the script by David Shaber, who also penned Walter Hill's gangland fantasy The Warriors (1979), and Jonathan Demme's Hitchcock riff Last Embrace (1979). Included are numbers from The Vagabond King, The Desert Song, and other warhorses of the genre by the likes of Hammerstein, Friml, Herbert, and Romberg, many of which were adapted for the screen in the heyday of the American film musical. Those Lips, Those Eyes was actually shot in an Ohio summer stock theater, the Cain Park Theater in Cleveland Heights. Director: Michael Pressman Producer: Herb Jaffe Screenplay: David Shaber Cinematography: Bobby Byrne Editing: Millie Moore Production Design: Walter Scott Herndon Original Music: Michael Small Cast: Frank Langella (Harry Crystal), Glynnis O'Connor (Ramona), Tom Hulce (Artie Shoemaker), Jerry Stiller (Mr. Shoemaker), Kevin McCarthy (Mickey Bellinger). C- 105m. by Rob Nixon

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Released in United States 1980

Released in United States 1980