Jean Simmons in "Mr. Sycamore" (1974)
This has to be one of the strangest movies Jean ever appeared in. She plays a librarian who becomes a secret confidante of a mailman (Jason Robards) who ultimately decides to plant himself (literally) in his own back yard, so that he can grow roots and become a sycamore tree.
Tags: Jean Simmons Mr. Mister Sycamore Jason Robards Sandy Dennis
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[John the mailman - dressed as if he's going out on a fox hunt - and Estelle the librarian are walking along a stream]
JOHN GWILT: Do you come here often?
ESTELLE BENBOW: Yes, we love it here.
JOHN GWILT: Yeah, I bet Longfellow enjoys it.
ESTELLE BENBOW: Oh, I never bring him, he always gets full of burs!
[cut to the two sitting down in the middle of a field, as John is rubbing his foot]
JOHN GWILT: Oooh ...
ESTELLE BENBOW: Why don't you take your boots off?
JOHN GWILT: I'd never get 'em back on again!
[they both laugh]
JOHN GWILT: Phew!
[he takes his riding crop and starts rubbing her shoulder with it]
JOHN GWILT: Do you realize that I don't know anything about you ...
ESTELLE BENBOW: [laughs] Now you know I'm ticklish!
JOHN GWILT: Oh! Hm, I don't even know where you live ...
ESTELLE BENBOW: We have an apartment across town, near the college. Nice terrace, brand new kitchen. Although I don't cook very much.
JOHN GWILT: You live with your mother.
ESTELLE BENBOW: No, no I don't.
JOHN GWILT: You don't?
ESTELLE BENBOW: I live with a man.
JOHN GWILT: Oh ... Not your husband?
ESTELLE BENBOW: Truman's a professor. He's nice. A little trying, sometimes.
JOHN GWILT: Yeah, I, uh ... probably get on Jane's nerves too, now and then.
ESTELLE BENBOW: You've been married a long time.
JOHN GWILT: I've always been true to her ... Were you, uh, in love with someone before you met Truman?
ESTELLE BENBOW: I loved parties, theater, and dancing.
ESTELLE BENBOW: I wanted to be a dancer!
JOHN GWILT: That's wonderful ...
JOHN GWILT: Can you dance?
ESTELLE BENBOW: I'm a bit out of practice ...
[she kicks off her shoes and starts twirling around, as John smiles and begins clapping ... then suddenly the scene changes to John's dream sequence, where Estelle is wearing a flowing gown and riding a horse]
MR. SYCAMORE (1974). Jason Robards plays a mailman who has a crush on librarian Jean Simmons, as well as a strange desire to become a tree.
An unusual but affectionate story of a man's longing for his ideal of peace and serenity. A postman and part-time poet is inspired by the Greek legend of the two elderly guards at Jupiter's temple who are transformed into beautiful trees. His wife has him committed when he stands in his backyard awaiting the same metamorphosis to take place. With the help of a friendly librarian, he escapes in a milk truck during a violent storm.