Taglines: “Honor thy wife, and everyone else’s.”
There are no cliff-hanging moments in Serial, but there’s plenty of laughs in this trenchant comedy comment on 1970s lifestyles. Martin Mull plays the father of a Marin County family that succumbs to every silly fad coming down the pike. Mull tries to distance himself from his family’s idiocies, but it’s always the man who pays the piper. The film, based on a collection of newspaper essays by Cyra McFadden, is neatly tied up with a Capraesque ending allowing Mull to finally prevail. Some of the best moments involves Mull’s tiltings with his trend-happy neighbor Bill Macy.
Serial is a 1980 American comedy film produced by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay, by Rich Eustis and Michael Elias, is drawn from the novel The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County by Cyra McFadden, published in 1977. Produced by Sidney Beckerman and directed by Bill Persky, the film stars Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Sally Kellerman, Christopher Lee, Bill Macy, Peter Bonerz and Tom Smothers. The original music score was composed by Lalo Schifrin.
Directed by: Bill Persky
Starring: Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Jennifer McAllister, Sam Chew Jr., Sally Kellerman, Anthony Battaglia, Nita Talbot, Barbara Rhoades
Screenplay by: Rich Eustis
Cinematography by: Rexford L. Metz
Film Editing by: John W. Wheeler
Costume Design by: Jodie Lynn Tillen
Set Decoration by: Paul Dal Porto, Robert Gould
Art Direction by: William Sandell
Music by: Lalo Schifrin
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: March 28, 1980