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Willie and Phil Details


Director Paul Mazursky's follow-up to his 1978 hit Paul Mazursky found this filmmaker creating a feature-length homage to the François Truffaut classic François Truffaut. Willie and Phil begins with Jewish intellectual schoolteacher Willie (Michael Ontkean) meeting gregarious Italian-American fashion photographer Phil (Ray Sharkey) at a screening of François Truffaut. The two hit it off immediately and soon find their circle of two expanding to three when they meet Jeanette (Margot Kidder), a free-spirited Southerner who has moved to New York City to figure out her life. Jeanette soon moves in Willie, but the three find themselves in a romantic triangle that constantly shifts over the next nine years as each of the three struggles to find their destiny while honoring the love they feel for each other. Mazursky would later remake another foreign classic (Mazursky) into his hit Mazursky ~ Donald Guarisco, Rovi


Michael Ontkean
as Willie Kaufman
Margot Kidder
as Jeanette Sutherland
Ray Sharkey
as Phil D'Amico
Jerry Hall
as Karen
Natalie Wood
as Herself
Julie Bovasso
as Mrs. D'Amico
Louis Guss
as Mr. D'Amico
Kathleen Maguire
as Mrs. Sutherland
Kaki Hunter
as Patti Sutherland
Christine Varnai
as Zelda Kaufman Number 3
Laurence Fishburne
as Wilson
Helen Hanft
as Used Car Salesperson
Alvin Alexis
Sol Frieder
Jill Mazursky
as Jill
Cynthia McPherson
Karen Montgomery
Donald F. Muhich
Tom Noonan
Lionel Pina
Robert Townsend
Rick van Nutter
as Official Clerk
Kitty Muldoon
Jill Mazursky
as Jill
Rick van Nutter
as Official Clerk


Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
Sven Nykvist
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Claude Bolling
Musical Direction/Supervision
Claude Bolling
Composer (Music Score)
Donn Cambern
Pato Guzman
Production Designer
Terry Donnelly
Associate Producer
Ernie Bishop
Set Designer
Edward Stewart
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Les Fresholtz
Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Minkler
Sound/Sound Designer
Terry Donnelly
First Assistant Director