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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


Awarded by
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


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


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

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