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I Will... I Will... For Now (1976)

Elliott Gould and Diane Keaton take out a lease on love with an option to buy in this glossy romantic comedy costarring Paul Sorvino, Victoria Principal and Candy Clark. Unhappily divorced ... See full summary »

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Norman Panama
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Les Bingham
Diane Keaton ... Katie Bingham
Paul Sorvino ... Lou Springer
Victoria Principal ... Jackie Martin
Robert Alda ... Dr. Magnus
Warren Berlinger ... Steve Martin
Madge Sinclair ... Dr. Williams
Candy Clark ... Sally Bingham
Carmen Zapata Carmen Zapata ... Maria
George Tyne ... Dr. Morrison
Helen Funai Helen Funai ... Miss Ito
Sheila Rogers Sheila Rogers ... Miss Donovan
Michele Clinton Michele Clinton ... Hildy
Lou Tiano Lou Tiano ... Ted Davis
Alvin Lum Alvin Lum ... Airlines Clerk
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Elliott Gould and Diane Keaton take out a lease on love with an option to buy in this glossy romantic comedy costarring Paul Sorvino, Victoria Principal and Candy Clark. Unhappily divorced after 10 years of marriage, Les Bingham (Gould) finally convinces his ex-wife Katie (Keaton) to give him another shot. Reluctantly agreeing to a legal arrangement instead of a wedding vow, Les signs a six-month contract, unaware his lawyer (Sorvino) also loves Katie and plans to use the wiles of their sexy neighbor (Principal) to bust up the Binghams for good. Cowritten and directed by Norman Panama (How to Commit Marriage), I Will... I Will... For Now was produced by George Barrie, CEO of Fabergé. A musician-turned-businessman, Barrie would produce over a dozen films, earning Oscar nominations for "All That Love Went to Waste" (A Touch of Class, 1973) and "Now That We're in Love" (Whiffs, 1975), two songs he wrote with Sammy Cahn.

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They set out to try everything in the book... what happens next you won't find in any book... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich will, ich will... vielleicht? See more »

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Brut Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director Norman Panama. See more »

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Referenced in Young, Hot 'n Nasty Teenage Cruisers (1977) See more »

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I Will I Will...For Now
Music by George Barrie
Lyrics by Bob Larimer
Sung by Richard Glasser
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"A Touch of Class" without the class...which is both pro and con
26 April 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Norman Panama co-wrote and directed this silly bedroom comedy steeped in '70s clichés. Bickering couple, married ten years and separated for one, are reunited at the wife's sister's "contractual engagement" and soon decide to have a couples-contract drawn up for themselves. Panama, a veteran of film comedies who for years teamed with Melvin Frank (who later went on to big solo success with "A Touch of Class" in 1973), doesn't quite have it in him to be ballsy or outrageous, so he settles instead for sniggering-lite. This works out all right for the film's first half, which gives stars Elliott Gould and Diane Keaton a chance to play sort of an updated version of Rock Hudson and Doris Day (he's a skirt-chaser, she's sexually-repressed and maybe frigid). But the second-half, a screwball outing at a California sex clinic, drops a big bad bomb, turning our likable leads into arms-flailing ninnies. If the characters had stayed right where they were, this might have succeeded as a raunchy variation on "A Touch of Class". But Panama was obviously after big, slapstick-y laughs and cartoony embarrassments. His cast says "I Will, I Will" against their better judgment. ** from ****


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