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Plot & Details

Even though he barely makes enough money to cover his expenses and finds divorce cases (his bread and butter) unsavory, aging detective Ira Wells (Art Carney) is determined to stay active and to retain some amount of self-respect. When his partner Harry Regan (Howard Duff) is killed while on assignment, Ira agrees to take on his current case, although he can't see how it has anything to do with his friend's murder, which he is anxious to solve. In order to survive, by solving the case of his client's missing cat, and solving the murder of his friend, Ira winds up accepting a lot of help from his client Margo (Lily Tomlin). By the end of the film, it looks like an offbeat romance, or perhaps a new business partnership, is blooming.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Robert Benton Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Lily Tomlin Nominated

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress Lily Tomlin Won

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Screenplay Robert Benton Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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