Blu-ray Release: The Only Game in Town

Blu-ray Release Date: June 11, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

The Only Game in Town movie scene

Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty become uneasy lovers in The Only Game in Town.

Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra) and Warren Beatty (Ishtar) star in filmmaker George Stevens’ final movie, the 1970 drama-romance film The Only Game in Town.

Taylor stars as an aging and exhausted showgirl fed up with waiting for her married lover (Charles Braswell) to divorce his wife, while Beatty portrays a piano-playing gambling addict who keeps compulsively losing the stake he needs to high-tail it to New York. Together, they parlay an instant attraction into a mutual effort to get their lives together—no strings attached.

Written by Frank D. Gilroy, who adapted his own Las Vegas-set stage play, The Only Game in Town was gorgeously shot by French New Wave stalwart Henri Decaë (known for his work with Jean-Pierre Melville and Claude Chabrol) and scored by the great Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia).

The Broadway production, starring Tammy Grimes and Barry Nelson, didn’t do all that well, running only sixteen performances. The movie wasn’t all that popular either, though it’s become much in demand in recent years, particularly as it has never before been issued on disc.

Bonus features include an isolated music and effects track, the original theatrical trailer, and liner notes by film historian Julie Kirgo.

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to pre-order your Blu-ray discs directly from distributor Screen Archives is NOW!


About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.