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Depressed by the direction his life is taking, Harry Berlin (Jack Lemmon) decides to take his own life by jumping off the Manhattan Bridge. At the last minute he's stopped by old friend Milt Manville (Peter Falk), a successful stock broker on Wall Street. Milt, however, is facing his own problem: he has fallen out of love with his argumentative wife, Ellen (Elaine May). In a misguided effort to solve both of their problems, Milt introduces Ellen to Harry, hoping the two will fall in love. Read More Read Less
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Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Pretentious prattle. Rated: 1.5/4 Feb 17, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews Luv’s palpable downfall is triggered by an exceedingly (and often excessively) broad midsection that grows more and more difficult to stomach... Rated: 1.5/4 May 14, 2022 Full Review Wilfrid Sheed Esquire Magazine Perhaps the real problem is that Murray Schisgal's play was abstract, an arrangement of ideas with just a little skin on them, and movies have to do abstraction differently. Feb 6, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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James H Someone pull the plug. It is hard to believe that this was based on the original Broadway production of the same name by Murray Schisgal, which opened at the Booth Theater in New York City on 11 November 1964. The play ran for 901 performances and was nominated for the 1965 Tony Award for Best Play. Jack Lemmon turns in his worst performance to date. The script is awful. You find yourself wishing that it would just end, like a bad life. Someone should have been jailed for making something this atrocious. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 09/09/23 Full Review Audience Member As a kid, I only saw the end of Clive Donner's directing career — TV movies like Babes In Toyland and Spectre and weird stuff like Old Dracula, The Nude Bomb and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen. At one point, he was a big part of the British New Wave, making movies like What's New Pussycat?, Nothing but the Best and The Caretaker. Luv wasn't well-received by critics, but I think it was just the inevitable backlash against what the old guard was told was the next new thing. The story begins with Harry Berlin (Jack Lemmon) about to jump off of a bridge before he is distracted by an old friend he barely remembers, Milt Manville (Peter Falk), who can't stop bragging about how good his life is. Harry has a plan, though. He plans on leaving his wife Ellen Manville (Elaine May, who went on to write many a romantic comedy) and hopes that Harry can take care of her when he's gone. The problem? Milt and Ellen love each other more than they love their new spouses, so they try and get Harry to fall for Milt's Linda. Either that or he's going to have to really jump off the bridge. I kind of love the poster for this, which panders to hippies, who were all either avoiding theaters or waiting for Easy Rider. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member The cast and director try their best, but the script is terrible and this is an awful, awful film. Gerry Mulligan's soundtrack's great though. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Elaine May is brilliant!!!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Depressed by the direction his life is taking, Harry Berlin (Jack Lemmon) decides to take his own life by jumping off the Manhattan Bridge. At the last minute he's stopped by old friend Milt Manville (Peter Falk), a successful stock broker on Wall Street. Milt, however, is facing his own problem: he has fallen out of love with his argumentative wife, Ellen (Elaine May). In a misguided effort to solve both of their problems, Milt introduces Ellen to Harry, hoping the two will fall in love.
Director
Clive Donner
Producer
Martin Manulis
Screenwriter
Elliott Baker
Production Co
Jalem Productions
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Jan 3, 2012
Runtime
1h 35m
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