Warren Adler

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TV & Films

The War of the Roses
20th Century Fox

Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated (including Golden Globe for Best Comedy)

Based upon Warren Adler’s famous 1981 The War of the Roses novel, this American black comedy premiered in 1989 proving a success with both critics and moviegoers. Oliver and Barbara Rose’s marriage seems like a fairytale. However, not everything that shines is gold and the veneer of a perfect married couple shatters completely when they immerse themselves in a bitter divorce battle over their possessions and their house.

War of the Roses Poster

What the press is saying

“What is wonderful about The War of the Roses is that the filmmakers are no more willing to compromise their black comic vision of marriage, than the Roses are willing to settle their differences…it sustains our horrified interests and keeps us laughing…”

Time Magazine

“This is the year’s best romantic comedy.”

USA Today

“What is wonderful about The War of the Roses is that the filmmakers are no more willing to compromise their black comic vision of marriage, than the Roses are willing to settle their differences…it sustains our horrified interests and keeps us laughing…”

Time Magazine

“This is the year’s best romantic comedy.”

USA Today

Random Hearts
Columbia Pictures

Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas

Acclaimed director Sydney Pollack directs this 1999 American romantic drama starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas. Based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Warren Adler, Random Hearts follows the story of a police officer and a congresswoman who discover that their spouses were having an affair prior to being killed in a plane crash.

Random Hearts Poster

What the press is saying

“Kristin Scott Thomas’ elegant femininity contrasts perfectly with Harrison Ford’s bruised machismo in this mature romantic drama.”

Betty Jo Tucker ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Sunset Gang
PBS Playhouse

Uta Hagen, Harold Gould, Jerry Stiller, Ron Rifkin, Doris Roberts
Emmy nominated (including Best Supporting Actress)

This musical is adapted from a series of heartwarming short stories narrating the joys and pains of old age through humor, mystery and romance. The stories of a retirement village in Florida were adapted for PBS’ American Playhouse Series starring Uta Hagen, Harold Gould, Jerry Stiller, Ron Rifkin and Doris Roberts who earned an Emmy nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category. The Sunset Gang received an off-Broadway production with music composed by noted composer L. Russell Brown (“Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree”, “C’Mon Marianne” Jersey Boys) and lyrics by Adler himself. The New York Times called it, “…a bittersweet musical about aging and desire… a deeper examination of love and loyalty among people over 60.” The Wall Street Journal said, “Those… stories… are in fact, pure drama – moving, comical, and most of all, sharply observed.”

The Sunset Gang Poster

What the press is saying

“…heartfelt observations about the dignity of old age…. These three ‘American Playhouse’ stories (based on a work by Warren Adler) are in fact pure drama-moving, comic, and most of all, sharply observed.”

Wall Street Journal

“A fascinating series it is, funny and at the same time affecting…. This episode [‘Yiddish’], by turns pathetic, comic, and elegiac, is superbly acted and knowingly directed by Calvin Skaggs…. And in here [‘The Detective’], too, Adler has again captured the quirks and vanities of his characters with keen observation tempered by affection…. ‘The Home’ is the best…. This role [the mother] has gone to German-born, Lutheran-raised Uta Hagen, one of the theater’s most versatile stars…”

New York Jewish Week

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