Cinema: Two-Timers

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR Directed by Robert Mulligan Screenplay by Bernard Slade

One of the mysteries of the movie business is Hollywood's predilection for filming hopelessly stagebound Broadway hits. Some plays transfer easily to the screen, but those built around theatrical gimmicks invariably drop dead. Same Time, Next Year, like last year's Equus, never stood a chance as a movie: it is a one-joke, one-set, two-character sitcom that should be allowed to retire in peace to the nation's dinner theaters.

The two characters are Doris (Ellen Burstyn) and George (Alan Alda), strangers who...

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