Once is Not Enough (1975)


“I don’t intend to die. There’s no future in it.” – Linda Riggs

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The daughter of a successful film producer tries to find her place in the world after returning to live in New York following an extended stay overseas.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never even heard about until it showed up on the list of films that featured Oscar nominated performances, so I decided to check it out.

The premise of the film is actually quite interesting as it tries to explore how the success of a parent can affect a child as they grow into adulthood.

They do a really nice job keeping the focus on the character of the daughter and Deborah Raffin does a wonderful job in that role.

Her character is developed quite well as we get to learn more and more about the choices she keeps making in life to both impress and anger her father along the way.

The cast is great and I liked the fact that even the familiar and famous actors are all supporting roles to that of Raffin who remains the lead throughout.

Kirk Douglas stands out the most of them as the father trying to make amends to his daughter no matter the cost.

Brenda Vaccaro is superb as Raffin’s mentor and friend who shows her how to get ahead in high society.

She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for this standout role that outshines just about every other character in this film.

The story takes a bit of time getting off the ground but once it does, it works quite well even if it doesn’t eventually manage to reach its full potential.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that tries to look at the way being the child of a successful producer can affect one’s life.  The story does a nice job staying focused on the daughter instead of the father as we learn more and more about the lifestyle she has taken on in order to both impress and anger her father along the way. Great cast that no matter how popular or famous they are are in supporting roles to Deborah Raffin who is clearly the lead.  Douglas is intriguing as the father who wants to try and make amends to his daughter no matter the cost. Vaccar stands out as Raffin’s friend who teachers her all about the way to live in high society. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here and it’s completely understandable why.  The story itself takes a little too long to get moving but once it does, uit’s quite interesting to watch even if it doesn’t manage to reach its full potential.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The title of the Jacqueline Susann novel and film “Once Is Not Enough” derives from a conversation Susann had with her old friend, comedian Joe E. Lewis, on his deathbed. Trying to perk up his spirits, she supposedly said, “Come on, Joe. Didn’t you always say ‘you only go around once, but if you play your cards right, once is enough’? Lewis responded, “I was wrong, Jackie. Once is not enough.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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