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What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)

A new infection that simply makes people feel happy is treated as a threat by the authorities while its "victims" work to spread it to others.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

Vincent McHugh (story "I Am Thinking of My Darling"), Tedd Pierce | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
George Peppard ... Pete
Mary Tyler Moore ... Liz
Don Stroud ... Barney
Susan Saint James ... Aida
Dom DeLuise ... J. Gardner Monroe
Nathaniel Frey ... Conrad
John McMartin ... The Mayor
Charles Lane ... Dr. Shapiro
Jeanne Arnold Jeanne Arnold ... Gertrude
George Furth ... Murgatroyd
Morty Gunty ... Sgt. Gunty
Joe Ponazecki Joe Ponazecki ... Officer Ponazecki
Frank Campanella ... Capt. Wallace
Thelma Ritter ... Mrs. Schwartz
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A new infection that simply makes people feel happy is treated as a threat by the authorities while its "victims" work to spread it to others.

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It's good for what bugs you!!! (and what's so bad about that?) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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George Peppard and Mary Tyler Moore were both involved in adaptations of Truman Capote's novella Breakfast At Tiffany's. Peppard appeared in the 1961 film adaptation, and Moore starred in a musical adaptation that reached, but did not open, on Broadway in 1966. See more »

Quotes

Pete: Hey listen.
Liz: To what, the traffic?
Pete: Kids laughing.
Liz: You know *why* they're laughing? 'Cause they're not old enough to read the newspaper. You take a look at the front page and then try laughing. The world's a stinking, hopeless mess! Oh, Pete, you're sick.
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What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
Written by Jerry Keller and Dave Blume
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One of the most charming films ever made.
18 April 2006 | by simnia-1See all my reviews

I almost can't find anything significant to criticize about this film. Amigo the toucan is as cute as can be, the humor is good, the mood is very positive, the scientific foundation is plausible, the political implications are right on target, the fragments of '60s psychedelic music are good, and there are deep philosophical issues underlying it all. Excellent!

The only part I regard as a minor fault is that after the drop-out philosophers become euphoric with the happiness virus, they want to cut their hair, get jobs, and get married. The implication is that American society's current conventions are the optimal route to happiness. Sorry, but I can't buy that. Other than that one lapse of insight, though, the film is well thought-out, charming, and humorous.

Some of the humorous high points are Liz (Mary Tyler Moore) giggling hysterically as the toucan hidden under her dress begins tickling her, Pete (George Peppard) putting on his German philosopher disguise in order to infect as many friends as possible with the airborne happiness virus, a morose beatnik lady called "The Sack" who lives with a sack permanently draped over her head, a hotheaded Greek freighter captain who undergoes a complete personality change, and the voyeuristic officials watching a couple on their honeymoon night via hidden cameras with suspiciously excessive eagerness.

In this era of explicit torture films and child murder films, it's practically a sin that such an upbeat, positive film about happiness isn't even available while all those other depressing movies are. This film is definitely among my top 20 favorite films of all time.


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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

31 July 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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