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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)

A troubled young woman who visits a psychotherapist to help her quit smoking undergoes hypnosis and finds herself reliving a tragic Victorian romance from a past life.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Alan Jay Lerner (play), Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Daisy Gamble
Yves Montand ... Dr. Marc Chabot
Bob Newhart ... Dr. Mason Hume
Larry Blyden ... Warren Pratt
Simon Oakland ... Dr. Conrad Fuller
Jack Nicholson ... Tad Pringle
John Richardson ... Robert Tentrees
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Mrs. Fitzherbert
Irene Handl ... Winnie Wainwhisle
Roy Kinnear ... Prince Regent
Peter Crowcroft Peter Crowcroft ... Divorce Attorney
Byron Webster Byron Webster ... Prosecuting Attorney
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. Hatch
Laurie Main ... Lord Percy
Kermit Murdock ... Hoyt III
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Storyline

Daisy Gamble, an unusual woman who hears phones before they ring, and does wonders with her flowers, wants to quit smoking to please her fiancé, Warren. She goes to a doctor of hypnosis to do it. But once she's under, her doctor finds out that she can regress into past lives and different personalities, and he finds himself falling in love with one of them. Written by Kathy Li

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Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1971 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Melinda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's soundtrack album was the poorest-selling of Barbra Streisand's career. See more »

Goofs

The telephone ring in Chabot's office is not a typical Bell company ring, even though the story is supposedly set in New York. See more »

Quotes

Melinda Tentrees: Man cannot live by *bed* alone.
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Connections

Referenced in On a Clear Day You Can See Whatever (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

He Wasn't You
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Burton Lane
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Pleasant musical
19 February 2001 | by laffinsalSee all my reviews

This is one of those musicals that rarely gets talked about. Even the original stage version is not as well known as say, "Oklahoma!" or "West Side Story", but it should be. It has some wonderful music and an intriguing story.

However, comparing the stage version of this show with the film would be pointless, because all filmed musicals of Broadway shows usually change in more then a few ways. As for this film, it is a charming watch, and an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. You don't need to be fans of either of the lead actors, but it does help if you are a musical fan and are somewhat interested in the science of ESP.

The songs in this film are all great, not one of them are what I would consider "filler". A few of the original songs from the stage show have been replaced here with different pieces, but they are good ones nontheless. My only complaint in them is Yves Montand's singing. It's difficult enough to understand his spoken word, but it's even worst when he sings. John Cullum's singing in the original Broadway version is so clear and strong, and Montand is just not at par with that. Still, the quality of the songs themselves, make up for this. The Technicolor is stupendous, lusch and vivid. It's a shame that the film was cut so badly before it was released. Not having seen that version, it's difficult for me to say whether or not it would have been an improvement over the finished product, but I doubt it. As it is, this is a decent, pleasant musical film, and worth watching if you are a fan of the genre.


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