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Seize the Day - A Movie About Money

January 17th, 2012 at 06:38 pm

I came across an old Robin Williams movie at the library and watched it tonight.

It takes place in the 1950s. Robin Williams plays an uncharacteristically serious role, no laughs here, of a salesman who quits his job after his boss gives away half of his territory to the boss' son. Robin's wife has already left him, and taken their two kids with her. He's on a downward spiral, quickly running out of money, and in desperation, entrusts most of his life savings to a friend (Jerry Stiller, who plays the father of Seinfeld in Seinfeld) who assures him he can get rich trading commodities.

You know what happens next. He loses it all. Throughout the movie, Robin manages to portray a desperate man who's teetering on the edge. He pleads with his dad for help, or just a kind word, but his father refuses to lend him money. Over and over again, his dad tells him he's nothing without money, and he's so ashamed about his son's career failure that he lies to his friends that his son makes in the high five figures.

In the last scene, Robin stumbles into a church because he thought he spotted the commodities trader, who disappeared after losing Robin's savings.. He slumps into a pew where a funeral is taking place and he breaks down, sobbing, while the mourners assume he must be a close friend of the deceased.

It's an interesting movie if you like Robin Williams or if you'd enjoy, as I did, the shots of the NY Stock Exchange and the archaic trading boards, along with the old hotel with its baths and saunas. There are an awful lot of familiar faces in the movie, though I don't know who they are.

5 Responses to “Seize the Day - A Movie About Money”

  1. M E 2 Says:

    Just a small correction, Jerry Stiller wasn't Seinfeld's dad, he was George's dad. He is also married to Anne Meara and is the father (in real life) of Ben Stiller.

  2. patientsaver Says:

    Oh, you're right, ME. But he passed away, didn't he? I didn't know he was Ben Stiller's father! What a gifted family.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I wonder if it's in Netflix's streaming library? I love Robin Williams, serious or funny.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    What was the name of the movie?

  5. Ima saver Says:

    Never mind. I can see now, it was "Seize the Day" Jerry Stiller is still alive. I watch him every night, both of Seinfield and "king of Queens"
    He and his wife were very popular when I was younger, often on the Ed Sullivan show! His wife, Ann Meara, appeared on Archie Bunker's place after Edith Bunker left the show.

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