Play It as It Lays (1972)

R 10/19/1972 (US) Drama 1h 39m
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Maria's life was a search for the ultimate answer even after she found there was none.


Burned-out B-movie actress Maria, depressed and frustrated with her loveless marriage to an ambitious film director, Carter Lang, who would rather work on his career than on his relationship with her, numbs herself with drugs and sex with strangers. Only her friendship with a sensitive gay movie producer, B.Z., offers a semblance of solace. But even that relationship proves to be fleeting amidst the empty decadence of Hollywood.

  1. Joan Didion

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Frank Perry


  3. John Gregory Dunne


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  1. Tuesday Weld

    Tuesday Weld

    Maria Wyeth Lang

  2. Anthony Perkins

    Anthony Perkins


  3. Adam Roarke

    Adam Roarke

    Carter Lang

  4. Tammy Grimes

    Tammy Grimes


  5. Ruth Ford

    Ruth Ford


  6. Eddie Firestone

    Eddie Firestone

    Benny Austin

  7. Diana Ewing


  8. Paul Lambert

    Paul Lambert

    Larry Kulik

  9. Chuck McCann

    Chuck McCann

    Abortionist's Assistant

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