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Hurry Up, or I'll Be 30 (1973)

"Hurry Up, Or I'll Be 30" is the critically-acclaimed film of one man's frustration with his boring life. This motion picture features Danny DeVito in one of his earliest screen roles. For ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lefkowitz John Lefkowitz ... George Trapani
Linda De Coff ... Jackie Tice (as Linda DeCoff)
Ronald Anton Ronald Anton ... Vince Trapani
Maureen Byrnes Maureen Byrnes ... Flo
Danny DeVito ... Petey
David Kirk David Kirk ... Mr. Trapani
Frank P. Quinn Frank P. Quinn ... Mark Lossier (as Frank Quinn)
Selma Rogoff Selma Rogoff ... Mrs. Trapani
George Welbes George Welbes ... Ken Harris
Steve Inwood Steve Inwood ... Tony
Faith Langford Faith Langford ... Bar Girl / Gypsy Girl
Samantha Lynche Samantha Lynche ... Audition Girl #1
Susan Peretz ... Audition Girl #2 (Miss Walsh)
Bob O'Connell ... Bartender #1
James Pullis James Pullis ... Bartender #2


"Hurry Up, Or I'll Be 30" is the critically-acclaimed film of one man's frustration with his boring life. This motion picture features Danny DeVito in one of his earliest screen roles. For Georgie (soon to be 30!) a new and exciting world lies just over the Brooklyn Bridge. Life at home with his parents is at its limits. There are new worlds to explore, and perhaps even romance. Only the Brave!

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Release Date:

14 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am Waiting No More See more »

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Mono | Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (UK DVD)


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Film premiered March 1972 at the Forum Theatre located at 46th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. During the screening a bomb hoax was called in by a disgruntled crew member and the theatre had to be evacuated temporarily. See more »


Who Are You Now?
Music by Stephen Lawrence
Lyrics by Bruce Hart
Sung by Dennis Cooley
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Doormat Protagonist Discovers Little Comfort Throughout Rambling Tale.
15 July 2007 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Although several threads coexist with the principal storyline during the course of this low-budgeted eccentric character study of a single Brooklyn man, George Trapani (John Lefkowitz), who works as a printer at his family's business, and who has never moved away from his parents' home to be on his own, the work nevertheless impresses as being from the Slice Of Life cinema genre, wherein nearly any of the episodic scenes may be eliminated without having even scant effect upon such normally significant plot elements as exposition, conflict and climax, each barely present in this film. George correctly believes that he is mired within a well-trodden relationship with scatterbrain Flo (Maureen Byrnes), a waitress, and is highly frustrated with the quotidian nature of his existence. The choppily rhythmed picture portrays his clumsy attempts to alter a lifestyle that he increasingly dislikes as his thirtieth birthday approaches; however, it becomes increasingly obvious that a drastically naive George may indeed lack any sort of ability required for adaptation to a higher than jejune mode of living. Filmed largely in New York City, this piece revolves the daily activities of commonplace metropolitan area citizenry, and benefits from a good deal of cogently naturalistic dialogue in addition to some inventive camera-work contributed by Burleigh Wartes. It is the only credited film for Lefkowitz, portraying a man who rebels against his drab lot, while a majority of the other principal players show but few roles in their portfolios. Frank Quinn wins the acting honours as a sleazy film producer. The film has been re-released upon a Hollywood Entertainment DVD, retitled HURRY UP, OR I'LL BE THIRTY, that is rather shabby in the technical sense, and its cover is primarily taken up by the close-up visage and name of Danny DeVito, plainly a marketing strategy since his part is of only middling importance for the scenario.

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