Broadway was abuzz when Neil Simon's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' opened in 1983, making Matthew Broderick an instant star and placing the prolific playwright-screenwriter -- whose talent was often seen as little more than crafting one-liners -- in the pantheon of great American artists. Last month, Broadway tried reviving 'Brighton Beach,' but the play, with veteran stage actress and former 'Roseanne' star Laurie Metcalf, went out with the tide.

But the 1986 film version of 'Brighton Beach' holds up nicely -- so it's today's suggestion for free film of the day.
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