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      Roughly Speaking

      1945 1h 57m Comedy Drama List
      Reviews 64% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Determined to rise above her poor but proud upbringing, feisty New Englander Louise Randall (Rosalind Russell) attends business school and marries conservative banker Rodney Crane (Donald Woods). However, her take-charge personality and go-getter attitude causes the breakdown of their marriage. Despite ups and downs both in the growth of her business and the raising of her family with easygoing second husband Harold Pierson (Jack Carson), Louise perseveres in her attempts to build a better life. Read More Read Less

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      James Agee The Nation The whole thing depresses me beyond words. Jack Carson, however, is likable, as he always is. Jun 24, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      jordan m This biopic had probably the least-famous subject that I've ever seen a movie about, but the shallowest part of my film knowledge is the era during/immediately after WWII as it seems not a ton of movies were being made at that time, so I found some of the scenes here to be pleasing if only because they painted a good picture of what the acting was like and what the audience's values were in the months leading up to the war's conclusion. The main problem I had was that it reminded me a little too much of 1933's Cavalcade in that it chose so broad a stretch of time to cover that they didn't have enough time to let individually poignant scenes breathe & be absorbed properly. There were some genuinely well-crafted scenes (namely the birthday party and the end at the train station) that felt compressed as the runtime was already quite long for a movie of this nature. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review s r A feel good film that was half baked leaving you wondering what it was about. It had no purpose but to tell some tale of a woman who had things rough but who managed to stay positive throughout. Some famous songs to boot. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review ashley h Roughly Speaking is an excellent film. It is about the enterprising Louise Randall who is determined to succeed in a man's world in the 1920's. Rosalind Russell and Jack Carson give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Michael Curtiz did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the mix of humor and drama. Roughly Speaking is a must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member carson takes the lead for a change Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent casting. Both Rosalind Russell and Jack Carson are ideal in their roles. It's not a predictable film, nicely written. It does waiver between tragedy and comedy a bit abruptly at times but I never lost interest in the film. Good direction and an effective supporting cast. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Wow, Jack Carson in a starring role. He should have had more chances. He's excellent here, although he really only appears for the second half of the film. He and Russell have great chemistry. <p>You can tell we're dealing with Hollywood-izing of the story, however. As a biopic based on the life story of Louise Randall Pierson, you know that the hard times are glossed over pretty smoothly. Polio, abandonment by divorce, and multiple bankruptcies are hardly ever this lightly overcome in the "real" world. Still, highly recommended for all you Carson and/or Russell fans. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Determined to rise above her poor but proud upbringing, feisty New Englander Louise Randall (Rosalind Russell) attends business school and marries conservative banker Rodney Crane (Donald Woods). However, her take-charge personality and go-getter attitude causes the breakdown of their marriage. Despite ups and downs both in the growth of her business and the raising of her family with easygoing second husband Harold Pierson (Jack Carson), Louise perseveres in her attempts to build a better life.
      Director
      Michael Curtiz
      Producer
      Henry Blanke
      Screenwriter
      Louise Randall Pierson
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Apr 20, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 57m