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Play It As It Lays offers what is probably the harshest view of Hollywood to be given a major production up to the time of its release; it depicts a world of narcissistic egotists who will do anything to inflate their own sense of importance. Based on the novel by Joan Didion, it tells of the rise and fall of one woman's acting career. Maria Wyeth (Tuesday Weld), a model, began her acting career in a Warhol-like film, and moved "up" to perform in a biker film. The director of both films, Carter Lang (Adam Roarke), discovered her, and soon afterwards, marries her. As Carter's career moves ahead, he pays less and less attention to Maria. She has a number of affairs to try to brighten her world, but nothing much works. When she gets pregnant by one of them, Lang divorces her. Then, her best friend (Anthony Perkins), who tried to bring about a reconciliation between Lang and her, commits suicide. Her world in tatters, she has a nervous breakdown. The film's story is told in flashbacks while she is in recovery. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Frank Perry Film Presented 1972 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tuesday Weld Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1972 Nominee

Cast

Richard Anderson
as Les Goodwin
Elizabeth Claman
as The Chickie
Tyne Daly
as Journalist
Severn Darden
as Hypnotist
Diana Ewing
as Susannah
Roger Ewing
as Nelson
John Finnegan
as Frank
Ruth Ford
as Carlotta
Mitzi Hoag
as Patsy
Chuck McCann
as Abortionist's Assistant
Adam Roarke
as Carter Lang
Allan Warnick
as TV Panelist
Tony Young
as Johnny Waters
Tuesday Weld
as Maria Wyeth
Anthony Perkins
as B.Z.
Tammy Grimes
as Helene
Allan Warnick
as TV Panelist
Ruth Ford
as Carlotta
John Finnegan
as Frank
Anthony Perkins
as B.Z.
Tuesday Weld
as Maria Wyeth
Severn Darden
as Hypnotist
Tyne Daly
as Journalist
Richard Anderson
as Les Goodwin
Tony Young
as Johnny Waters
Roger Ewing
as Nelson
Adam Roarke
as Carter Lang
Mitzi Hoag
as Patsy
Chuck McCann
as Abortionist's Assistant
Diana Ewing
as Susannah
Elizabeth Claman
as The Chickie

Crew

Frank Perry
Director
Frank Perry
Producer
Dominick Dunne
Producer
Joan Didion
Book Author
Joan Didion
Screenwriter
Jordan S. Cronenweth
Cinematographer
Pato Guzman
Production Designer
Joel Schumacher
Costume Designer
Gustave Tassell
Costume Designer
Halston
Costume Designer
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