Cinema: Funny Valentine

LOVE AND PAIN AND THE WHOLE DAMN THING Directed by ALAN J. PAKULA Screenplay by ALVIN SARGENT

"You whistle," Walter Elbertson says in desperate accusatory tones.

"And you wheeze," replies Lila Fisher, maintaining her emotional equilibrium.

Walter (Timothy Bottoms) is the son of a Pulitzer-prizewinning historian. He is clumsy, insecure, racked by asthma. Dad tries to get him to go back to the psychiatrist ("You won't have to lie on the couch this time"), but Walter will have none of it. So he is dispatched on a summer-long bicycle trip through Spain, lagging badly behind the other collegiate types in the group....

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