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40 Carats (1973)

  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 360 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 6 December 1973 (Finland)
  • Runtime: 110 min
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  • IMDb page: 40 Carats (1973)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 360 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 6 December 1973 (Finland)
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Director: Milton Katselas
  • Stars: Liv Ullmann, Edward Albert, Gene Kelly | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Michel Legrand   
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Greece | Older Woman Younger Man Relationship | Real Estate Agent | Tadpoling | Estranged Husband

Writing Credits By:

  • Leonard Gershe (screenplay)
  • Jay Presson Allen (stage adaptation) (as Jay Allen)
  • Pierre Barillet (play) (as Barillet) &
  • Jean-Pierre Grédy (play) (as Grédy)

Known Trivia

  • Considered for the role of Ann Stanley were Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Joanne Woodward, Doris Day, Glenda Jackson, Shirley MacLaine and Sophia Loren before original director William Wyler, under doctor’s orders, bowed out of the production. He was replaced by Milton Katselas.
  • The original Broadway production of “40 Carats”, written by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy and adapted by Jay Presson Allen, opened at the Morosco Theater in New York on December 26, 1968, ran for 780 performances and received a 1969 Tony Award for Best Actress (Julie Harris). Allen’s adaptation was used for this production.

Plot: A forty year old woman who was vacationing in Greece meets a twenty-two year old, who was also on vacation… See more »  »

Story: A forty year old woman who was vacationing in Greece meets a twenty-two year old, who was also on vacation. They spend the night together and she leaves him while he was sleeping. She then returns to New York and she is stunned to learn that her daughter’s boyfriend is him. He then pursues her, and she is uncertain of what to do. Written byrcs0411@yahoo.com


Synopsis: 40 carats is a diamond in the rough …. which centers around a 40’s woman who goes on vacation in Greece finds love with a much younger man then abandons him to go back to her life in New York. However, she quickly finds out that her daughter is dating the same guy she left in Greece making for some awkward humorous and embarrassing moments . 40 Carats is not ha ha funny but the subtle adult humor in which it was handled makes it very funny.By todays standard, ullman would have just been passed of as silly sex starved cougar and the young male( albert) a stupid eye candy figure head. But 40 carats doesn’t insult the audiences intelligence which would have been easy to do at that time. Instead it takes an intelligent and often funny look into age, gender double standards that still exist to this day to some extent. Gene kelly is so- so as Ullman’s ex but the chemistry between liv Ullman and Edward Albert is what stands out. If you are into witty comedies with a dramatic flair 40 Carrats is definitely for you


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • M.J. Frankovich known as producer (as Mike Frankovich)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Liv Ullmann known as Ann Stanley
  • Edward Albert known as Peter Latham
  • Gene Kelly known as Billy Boylan
  • Binnie Barnes known as Maud Ericson
  • Deborah Raffin known as Trina Stanley
  • Billy Green Bush known as J.D. Rogers
  • Nancy Walker known as Mrs. Margolin
  • Don Porter known as Mr. Latham
  • Rosemary Murphy known as Mrs. Latham
  • Natalie Schafer known as Mrs. Adams
  • Claudia Jennings known as Gabriella
  • Sam Chew Jr. known as Arthur Forbes
  • Brooke Palance known as Polly
  • Andrea True known as Extra
  • Eugene Jackson known as Party Dancer (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Tony Lloyd known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Jan Van Uchelen known as hairdresser (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Pauline Annon known as sketch artist (uncredited)
  • Wayne Conard known as construction coordinator (uncredited)
  • Joseph Hurley known as production illustrator (uncredited)
  • Albert Indrisano known as assistant props (uncredited)
  • Curtis Jackson known as stand-by painter (uncredited)
  • Edward J. McDonald known as leadman (uncredited)
  • Don Novack known as swing gang (uncredited)
  • Dianne Wager known as set designer (uncredited)
  • Bob Wray known as set designer (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Frankovich Productions (as Frankovich Production)

Other Companies:

  • Tom Ward Enterprises  casting


  • Columbia Pictures (1973) (USA) (theatrical)
  • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (1978) (USA) (TV)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Video (2002) (USA) (VHS)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (DVD-R)
  • LK-TEL Vídeo (Brazil) (video)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Galina from Virginia, USA
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    "40 Carats" – a light and cheerful comedy is the only comedy I've seenLiv Ullmann in. She plays Ann Stanley, forty years old Manhattan RealEstate agent divorcée who lives with her mother and 16 years olddaughter. On her vacation in Greece, she meets 22 years old PeterLatham (Edward Albert), and they spend the night together. Ann quietlydisappears into the early morning hours, leaving him with the memoriesof the night and nothing else – no address or telephone number. Peterlater returns to New York, where one evening he arrives to pick up adate for the evening. Guess, who his date's mother is?

    What follows is, IMO, funny and charming romantic comedy with wonderfulsupporting performances from Gene Kelly (as Ann's first annoyinghusband), Binnie Barnes and Deborah Raffin. I've read some commentsthat Liv was miscast and was not comfortable playing such a lightcomedy after all the profound and tragic characters she had played forBergman. I don't think so. For me, one of the most memorable scenes ofthe film is the one after Liv (Ann) returns home from her vacation andis asked what Greece was like? Ann turns to face a camera, smiles, andsays, "Greece glows under the sun" – but it is her face, her smile, hereyes that glow. If ever the saying, the eyes are the soul's mirror, istrue, it is about Liv's eyes. There are kindness, tenderness, strength,and something even more attractive than beauty itself in them – thegoodness of her soul.

    "40 Carats" was a very pleasant surprise for me. I hope that it will bereleased on DVD soon and become available for all admirers of LivUllmann and of funny and clever romantic comedies.

  2. Greg (GregCnAZ@aol.com) from Phoenix, AZ U.S.A
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    In her usual intense style, Liv Ullmann gives a likable performance as"40 something" Ann Stanley. While vacationing in Greece, Ann has achance meeting with "20 something" Peter Latham, endearingly played byEdward Albert. Much to Peter’s disappointment, Ann quietly disappearsin the early morning hours, leaving him with little more than a onenight stand. Peter later returns home to New York, where one evening,as he arrives to pick up a date, his date’s mother appears at the doorand it is none other than Ann Stanley, his one night stand from Greece.This chance meeting sets the scene for some very awkward moments andgreat comedy. I’ve never found myself rooting for a "May-December"romance so enthusiastically. Gene Kelly, Binnie Barnes and DeborahRaffin are wonderful in their supporting roles. "40 Carats" is one ofthose films that was such a pleasant surprise for me and I’ve neverunderstood why it has been so overlooked. Give it a chance. I thinkyou’ll really enjoy it.

  3. gridoon
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    "40 Carats" is a surprisingly good movie. While Ullmann and Albert havelittle chemistry together, they nevertheless make a sweet pair, becausetheyare both enormously appealing individually. Gene Kelly adds a few nicemoments and leads a likable supporting cast. The film is slightly overlongbut more mature than you might think.

  4. Tirelli from Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    This a breezy comedy based on a hit Broadway play and one of the fewworthwhile comic tales depicting the relationship between a younger man andan older woman. While on holidays, visiting Greece, a divorced real estateagent encounters by chance a vital young man, and they have a briefromanticinterlude.

    She leaves him while he is sleeping and escapes back to New York. Regainingthe cherrished stability she has conquered as a lady executive, she settlesdown on her lovely apartment where she lives with her daughter and hermother. Until – very much in the fashion of every Broadway farce there is -they receive an unexpected visitor. Peter Latham, the man our maincharacterhad an affair with while in Greece. But now, he is introduced as a friendofher daughter’s.

    After constant bickering, they decide to get married, but will theirrelationship last?

    ’40 Carats’ is a light, entertaining and cheerful movie, filled withbeautiful, rich people whose vain problems serve as the basis for an plot.The characters have social status written all over their foreheads andtheirreaction to the plot’s major complications are clever one-liners encouragedby greek drinks and the prospect of a happy, happy ending. The film doesnotattempt to be deep, for it’s subject is a rather delicate one – theproducers were aiming for time-filling entertainment and they really didit.

    But this film suffers mostly from the miscasting of Liv Ullmann, IngmarBergman’s norwegian muse. No matter how versatile the wonderful Ms. Ullmanncan be, she is a rather indelible case of typecasting – used to play suchprofound characters whose heartaches and emotional flaws we can relate to,she seems uncomfortable portraying a futile woman whose psyche isn’t thatcomplex, after all. The one scene in which her character really makes thetransition between a woman caught in a whirlwind of happenings and a womanwhose pain is overwhelmingly intense, nevertheless, is a cinematic gem. Inthis scene she confronts her future in laws.

    Another highlight of the film is Michel Legrand’s beautiful soundtrack thatincludes the love theme ‘In Every Corner Of The World’, and Gene Kelly’sperformance as Liv Ullmann’s annoying first husband.

    All in all, this is a movie whose delicate subject provokes a barrier thatkeeps it from being a great film, but is, nevertheless, sheer cinematicdelight.

  5. drednm from United States
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    Based on a hit Broadway play that won a Tony Award for Julie Harris, 40CARATS is a comedy about a 40-ish woman who is pursued by a 22-year-oldman. Liv Ullmann, looking very pretty, stars as the New York Cityrealtor who meets the young man (Edward Albert) while on vacation inGreece. By coincidence (and a big one) he meets her again when he showsup for a blind date with her daughter (Deborah Raffin). It turns outhe's from a wealthy family which interests Ullmann's swinging mother(Binnie Barnes).

    Into this mix are Ullmann's first husband (Gene Kelly), her secretary(Nancy Walker), a hick from Texas (Billy Green Bush), a customer(Natalie Schafer), and Albert's parents (Don Porter, Rosemary Murphy).

    The plot revolves around the machinations and misconceptions of who isdating who and is it proper for Ullmann to marry a much younger man.

    Ullmann is good as the "middle-aged" woman. Albert is sort of creepy.Kelly is annoying as is Green Bush. Walker gets in a few zingers.Raffin is a blank. But in her final film appearance the 70-year-oldBinnie Barnes (looking decades younger) steals every scene she's in asa swinging grandmother who's always borrowing Raffin's clothes andcan't wait to hit the dance floor. This role was played by GlendaFarrell on Broadway.

  6. potato2
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    While vacationing in Greece, a 40-year old woman (Liv Ullman) has aone-night fling with a 22-year old (Edward Albert). She returns home toNew York and meets him again when – surprise! – he comes to date herteenage daughter.

    I loved this movie when I first saw it in 1973; I was young and thoughtit was blissfully romantic. Watching the movie now with a more matureeye, I find it silly and off-putting. Ullman is stiff and bland anddoesn't inspire lust in the slightest. Albert is sincere but sometimescreepy and pushy and there's no chemistry between them. His undyinglove for her seems juvenile and gee, what are the odds that he'd turnup a world away as her daughter's date? In an annoying subplot, GeneKelly gives a hammy and embarrassing performance as Ullman's formerhusband. And I found it disturbing that the 17-year old daughter ispaired romantically with a 43-year old man and the family is thrilledfor her. *shudder*

    The movie, based on a Broadway play, looks and sounds very stagy withartificial, phony dialogue and there is a laughable go-go dancing scenethat definitely dates the film. Not recommended.

  7. Paula Kaye from Guess
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    Thought provoking, eye-brow raising and VERY funny in all the rightplaces!

    Long before Demi Moore walked out hand-in-hand, in Public, with AshtonKutcher, this film went "public" with the possibility that a youngerman, (who was strong, handsome and had both his own business and LOT ofmoney already in his pocket!), could find an older woman, (who wasn'tbroken down or bitter about life!), attractive, desirable and worth"fighting for"!

    The romance between Peter Latham and Ann Stanley, (played withsensitivity and subtle humor by both Edward Albert, Jr., and Liv Ullmanrespectively), begins one dusky night in Greece and culminates after heaccidentally finds her again in New York.

    Ann had originally gone to Greece for a bit of a "final fling" beforeshe felt "compelled by societal convention" to settle into"matron-hood", (that time in life after having been a Wife and Mother,and now, with her marriage over, and her daughter grown; she was nolonger "on the market" as it were for any of the "usual" things thatmost men supposedly wanted out of a woman… So, she'd just"concentrate" on running her own Interior Design business and "forget"about "Love" ever coming into her life again…)

    However, Peter's feelings were a bit bruised when he woke up the nextmorning after their romantic tryst, alone and went looking for Ann,thinking that he and she had just begun a wonderful relationship.

    Realizing that he'd been (essentially), sexually "used" by Ann, hechalked the night up to a "wonderful fling" that he'd just have to "getover".

    The real mayhem begins (again!), when Ann's daughter comes home oneevening and announces that she's got a date with a friend of afriend….

    And, yes… The man who shows up to go on the blind date with Ann'sdaughter is the man that Mom already got to "know"! Peter!

    Subtext and double entendres play out in a scene that is bothhilarious, squirm-worthy and exciting all at the same time when Peterwants to know why Ann behaved "so cowardly" in regards to the way sheleft him in Greece.

    Peter wants to know why Ann would be so Puritanically inclined now thatshe's back in the "real world", and sets out to win her love all overagain!

    Liv Ullman, (formerly directed by the legendary Ingmar Bergman!), is amost unlikely "cougar", and Edward Albert, Jr. a most decidedlyun-cub-like "cub" in this priceless gem of a film.

    Everyone is of legal age, which only begs the question, "Was societyever so truly closed-minded?" The answer, sadly is, they still are! Theonly real problem with the film, here, is that it's NOT readilyavailable anywhere!

  8. wes-connors from Earth
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    Beautiful 36, no… 38, no… 39, no… 40-year-old Liv Ullmann (as AnnStanley) from Norway originally is driving through gorgeous Greece whenher car overheats. Along comes handsome 22-year-old Edward Albert (asPeter Latham) from Pittsburgh, USA on a motorcycle. Believing herselftoo old to ride a motor bike, Ms. Ullmann instead strips down to herunderwear for a swim with Mr. Albert. One thing leads to another andthey have sex on the beach. Perhaps feeling a little old and out ofsorts after the act, Ullmann leaves Albert while he sleeps…

    Back home in New York, guess who arrives to pick up Ullmann's daughterfor a date?

    At first this seemed like it was going to be a drama, but it'sobviously a comedy by the time Ullmann and Albert meet in New York. Itprobably would have been funnier if a woman more experienced insituation comedy played Ullmann's part, but the film does garner somechuckles. Although Albert does look like the younger of the two, theage difference seems more like ten than twenty years. Ullmann appearscloser to Albert's age than she does to ex-husband Gene Kelly (as BillyBoylan). Respected elder Binnie Barnes (as Maud Ericson) does well inher last feature.

    ****** 40 Carats (6/28/73) Milton Katselas ~ Liv Ullmann, EdwardAlbert, Gene Kelly, Binnie Barnes

  9. suzywoo from United States
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    When I was 20 and first read this story I loved it. Then I saw themovie and was charmed by Liv Ullman, Edward Albert, and the rest of thecast. (Binnie Barnes was a Ziegfield Girl! Gene Kelly dances thetwist!) Now, over 30 years later, I have watched it more times than Ican count.

    OK, so you know the story from the plot synopsis. Whoever says there isno chemistry between the two leads doesn't have the same nervous systemthat I have. However, there is one glaring problem: for a 40-year-oldwoman to be interested in a 22-year-old, he must be a pretty incredibleand "mature" guy. But Albert's character consistently descends intochildish argument and even name-calling when Ullman disappoints him.("You don't know what you want." and "You are a silly, helplesswoman…") This would be an unbeatable romance if there was more depthto his character and more development of their relationship. It's notchemistry that's missing, it's any evidence of true intimacy. And thatis a flaw of the script, not the casting.

    Still, with a "willing suspension of disbelief", it is a charmingromance and a chance to see Liv Ullman be happy.

  10. cteichma from Germany
    20 Jun 2013, 7:23 am

    Where to begin? Pretty much everything about this movie is absolutelydreadful. The plot is a shallow fairy-tale with the most improbabletwists and turns, and its central theme – that where true loves reigns,age difference simply does not matter – is just plain silly. By way ofproof we have a recent high school graduate fall in love with and marrya 43 year old multi-millionaire from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and 40 year oldLiv Ullmann fall in love and marry 22 year old Edward Albert, bycoincidence the son of another multi-millionaire. All of that is badenough, but what really put me off is the way Ullmann – an obviouslysensitive and intelligent woman – is shown as being overcome and indeedpushed around by a creepy guy with no personality who grabs at her to"help her undress" and is just generally obnoxious in hisself-satisfied smugness. Ullmann looks attractive enough to make her aplausible love object for a 22 year-old, but the other way around?Goodness! Her acting is at least better than that of the rest of thecast, which is really not saying much. To round it all off Gene Kellygives a hammy performance as Ullmann's ex-husband. So – terrible onevery level: plot, acting, message. Zero stars if that option wereavailable.

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