The Roses, Barbara and Oliver, live happily as a married couple. Then she starts to wonder what life would be like without Oliver, and likes what she sees. Both want to stay in the house, and so they begin a campaign to force each other to leave. In the middle of the fighting is D'Amato, the divorce lawyer. He gets to see how far both will go to get rid of the other, and boy do they go far..Written by
Barbara initiates a divorce against Oliver and demands title to their house, which constitutes the bulk of their estate. New York State, where they live, is not a community property state. Almost all the wealth Barbara and Oliver amassed was from Oliver's law practice, so, absent proof of spousal abuse or neglect or infidelity on his part, Oliver would be entitled to keep the bulk of the estate and therefore the house. Any divorce judge in New York State would so rule, and any reputable lawyer practicing in New York State would not represent Barbara if she demanded the house. See more »
[Gavin is talking to a client]
You have some valid reasons for wanting a divorce.
[blows his nose with a handkerchief]
Excuse me. My sinuses are very sensitive to irritants.
[sprays nasal decongestant up his nostrils]
In the past five months, I think I've breathed freely with both sides working maybe a week total.
[pulls a cigarette out of a pack]
I gotta cut this out. It's gonna kill me.
[lights his cigarette]
I hadn't smoked for thirteen years. I kept the last cigarette from my last pack....
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The fanfare in the 20th Century Fox logo at the beginning of the movie segues into the opening theme of the movie. See more »
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Arranged by Sam Pottle
Performed by Sesame Street Cast
Courtesy of Children's Television Workshop See more »
when love goes the route of attempted murder
You know a movie is funny when you're by yourself and laughing out loud. This is a hilarious saga of a divorcing couple, both of whom refuse to leave their house. "The gloves are off," Michael Douglas announces to wife Kathleen Turner, although for the viewer, they had been off for some time. Both stop at nothing to drive the other out.
It's a strange film in a way because it starts out as a love story and slowly builds, as little signs that all is not well in paradise begin to emerge. Once the ugliness starts, there's no stopping it, and the film rapidly becomes a very black comedy.
Turner and Douglas receive able support from a very funny Danny Devito, who also directed, and the wonderful Marianne Sagebrecht, who provides a gentle presence amidst the chaos.
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