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Seize the Day1986

  • 3.5
Tommy Wilhelm (Robin Williams) is a salesman. An honest, hard-working guy who has lost his job, his girlfriend, and left part of his sanity behind as he heads to New York to pick up the pieces of his life. He’s always been able to sell, but caught in a downward spiral, he must, in addition, face the father who never really understood him while trying to balance his newly precarious existence. The Los Angeles Herald Examiner calls Saul Bellow "the most honored living American writer," and yet this stands as the only of his works adapted to film. SEIZE THE DAY as well as Mr. Williams and the rest of the cast - which features Glenne Headly (DICK TRACY), Jerry Stiller, and Tony Roberts (ANNIE HALL, MANHATTAN) received critical praise for this adaptation.

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"[Robin Williams and Jerry Stiller] are at each other’s nerve-endings, like a great vaudeville team . . . These performers understand the book better than the filmmakers (or most literary critics)." - Peter Rainer, LARB


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Amazing acting..such a sad ending..too predictable...but good actors..great actors.

A very odd movie full of memorable characters and tense situations. Really captures the clannish and and oft times cynical denizens of 1950s Jewish New York City. One of Williams most memorable roles, his chaotic and heartbreaking relationship with a distant father and an ending that defines existential angst, this is one of my favorite movies.