Pete ‘n’ Tillie (1972)


“Well, love without irritation is just lust. Not that there’s anything particularly wrong with lust. ‘ – Pete Seltzer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two mismatched singles meet at a party and begin an unlikely romance.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never even heard of beforehand and only came across it when searching through titles during my quest to watch all films that have had Oscar nominated performances in them.

This is a fun and enjoyable romantic comedy that manages to stay interesting from start to finish.

The film works largely due to the exceptional performances by Walther Matthau and Carol Burnett who are both amazing in these roles.

The two of them have superb chemistry together and despite the fact that their characters are completely mismatched, they find a way to make them so endearing to the viewer due to their idiosyncrasies.

The dialogue of this film is written really well and these classic comedians do an amazing job delivering those lines so believably that sometimes it’s hard to decide whether we are suppose to laugh or cry at the things they say and do.

Geraldine Page was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as the women who fixes them up and during the course of the film, we get to see what kind of relationship she truly has with the other characters.

They do a great job taking the story to places that we might never expect while still keeping things seeming quite believable and unpredictable along the way.

Bottom Line – Enjoyable and interesting romantic comedy that works largely due to the performances of Matthau and Burnett.  They have amazing chemistry here despite the fact that their characters are so very different from one another.  the story is presented in a very charming way that lets each of the characters grow on us.  The dialogue is superbly written and are delivered so well by these classic comedians that sometimes one doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the things we are being told. Page is also great as the woman who fixes them up and we get to see what kind of friendship she truly has with each of the characters along the way. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here.  Love the way that the story takes us places which are so hard to predict beforehand. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Carol Burnett had 45 costume changes, overseen by veteran costume designer Edith Head. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Pete ‘n’ Tillie (1972)

  1. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1972 | MovieRob

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