Saturday, November 7, 2009

Feel Good Movies: 10 (1979)

Dudley Moore is one of my favorite comedic actors. In this film, he plays a character by the name of George Webber, a wealthy musician. He is 42 and begins to experience a mid-life crisis. Although life is going well, he is in love with his girlfriend Sam (Julie Andrews), George finds himself still attracted to younger women.

One day, he sees a beautiful young woman (Bo Derek) who is on her way to her wedding. She is the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen and he becomes obsessed with her. After a minor car accident with the police and being stung in the nose by a bee, George watches the wedding from his hiding place in the wedding flowers.

He then goes on a hilarious mission to learn more about the young woman. He drops in on the priest who performed the wedding ceremony. He learns that the woman is Jenny Miles, daughter of a prominent dentist. George makes a dental appointment with Jenny's father, and while in the dentist's chair, he learns that Jenny and her husband David have gone to Mexico for their honeymoon. Unfortunately, the dentist finds a mouthful of cavities, so George spends the afternoon in the dentist chair. The effects of the Novocaine leave him unable to speak and when his girlfriend Sam talks to him on the phone, she mistakes him for a madman and calls the police.

After the police leave, George packs his bags and follows the newlyweds to their hotel in Mexico, where he finds Jenny lying on the beach.Taking in the view, George notices Jenny's husband has fallen asleep on his surfboard and a powerful current is taking him out to sea. George rents a board and saves the young bride's husband. David is badly sunburned and ends up in the hospital. Jenny and George find themselves alone. Will George's obsession get the best of him?

The role of Jenny was originally written for Melanie Griffith who turned it down. Kay Lenz, Kim Basinger and Christie Brinkley were also considered for the role of Jenny.

Soundtrack:
Bolero - composed by Maurice Ravel.
Main title song composed by Henry Mancini.

14 comments:

  1. Dawn, I saw this movie theatrically with my then-girlfriend and now-wife. We just wanted to see a movie together and didn't expect to discover a funny film with a surprisingly touch of honesty. Dudley Moore has had an up-and-down career, but was in fine form here and in ARTHUR and BEDAZZLED. The novocaine/coffee always makes it me laugh. I'm glad you mentioned the pretty music score; I also liked the Oscar-nominated song "It's Easy to Say." I didn't know about Melanie Griffith being the first choice for Jenny. I think she would have been good.

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  3. Dawn, I have to disclose that I had a female friend who was in the same drama class at Norbond High In Lomita, CA. as Bo. That being said This is my least favorite Blake Edwards film. I was a 20something when I first saw it and BO did nothing for me. Dudley is fine, and he really is playing the piano in all those scenes (he was a music major in college,and his first gig out of school was playing piano for John Dankworth and his wife Cleo Lane .Some first gig) I love Julie, and in a thankless part Dee Wallace Stone.I'll take Dee and Julie every time.

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  4. Wow...haven't thought about or seen this movie in at least 20 years. But I do remembering liking it. My first time seeing it I was around 13 or 14 I believe on cable and I thought Bo Derek was the most gorgeous woman ever. I do remember laughing quite a bit at the antics of Dudley Moore. Guess I need to revisit this comedy and watch it again. Thanks for the post Dawn.

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  5. The climax of the encounter between Dudley Moore and Bo Derek was one of the funniest scenes ever. I thought this movie would just be a showcase for Bo Derek's body, which, as a girl, didn't do anything for me. But it was really the story of Dudley Moore's character and his relationship with Julie Andrews. Wonderful movie, Dawn, and good choice.

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  6. I got a real kick out of the film at the time, but I can't remember anything of it now. I do remember when I came home with my dad, twin brother, and older brother, being called "you bunch of dirty old men" by my mom.

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  7. Dawn, I've never seen this film before. Great write-up! You make me want to check it out!

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  8. Wasn't Brian Denneny the bartender when they were in Mexico? I think it's the first time I remember seeing him in a movie. This isn't my favorite Blake Edwards either, but I enjoyed it enough at the time. And Dudley Moore was so funny, did an all around nice job and became a star. Loved him - and John Gielgud - in Arthur.

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  9. Yes Eve, Brian was the bartender.

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  10. Eve, 10 was also the first time I noticed Brian Dennehy. I thought he was quite good in it. Of his later films, I also was intrigued with BEST SELLER...though I suspect I'm in the minority.

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  11. Rick, I also think Melanie Griffith would have been good as Jenny.

    Paul, This is the only movie that I ever saw Bo in. I really do not think that Bo ever made it that big as an actress.

    Monty, I thought Dudley was outstanding in this film.

    Becky, I thought Bo had a very small part in the film. loved her hairdo.

    Austin, Lol, it does have a couple of racey scenes.

    Sark, Please, lets us know how you like it.

    lady eve, I also like Dudley in Arther. He was awesome playing a drunk.

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  12. Dawn, this was a fun blog! I haven't seen "10" for a long time but I really did enjoy it. I thought Dudley Moore was quite funny and especially enjoyed seeing him in "Bedazzled" where to make a wish end his character had to cry out "Julie Andrews!" Thanks for the wonderful memories.

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  13. Great post, Dawn. My husband loved this movie...hey, look how "hot" Bo Derek was when she was young! As for me, Dudley is just adorable! A nice review even if I am late commenting on it. I love the Bolero and yep, it is on my iPod. Enjoyed reading about a movie I haven't thought about in years.

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  14. Aki, Thank you. The movie "10" is one of my favorite films. Dudley, was always funny in what ever movie he performed in.

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