If Ever I See You Again is a American romantic drama film about a composer who rekindles his relationship with a former girlfriend. It stars Joe Brookswho also co-wrote, produced, directed, and scored the film, and Shelley Hack. Bob Morrison Brooks is a successful composer of TV commercial jingles who has become rich from his work, allowing him to make a good life in New York City for himself and his two young children.
However, Bob is frustrated with having to conform his music to the ideas of executives such as Lawrence George Plimpton who are often eccentric or rude. Bob secretly envies his old friend David Kenny Karenwho has lived in relative poverty for years while pursuing a career as a classical pianist. David's sacrifices are now starting to pay off with a concert at Carnegie Halland he is also happily married, while Bob has been a widower for some years the death of his wife is strongly implied, although not shown or stated directly.
Bob never got over his college girlfriend, Jennifer Corly, who slept with him briefly in college and then, saying she wasn't ready for a serious commitment, broke up with him and dated another man. Bob and his assistant Mario Jimmy Breslin travel to Los Angeles for one day to meet two movie producers for whom Bob hopes to score a film. While there, Bob learns that Jennifer is living in Malibucalls her and visits her at home shortly before he has If You Dont Know Me By Now - Sidney Joe Qualls - I Enjoy Loving You leave.
Jennifer Shelley Hack has become a painter, is still beautiful and unmarried, and seems attracted to Bob, even kissing him goodbye at the airport. Bob falls in love with her all over again.
Back in New York just before Christmas, Bob's frustrations lead him to decide with his partner Steve Warner Jerry Keller to close down their jingle-writing business, thus putting Mario out of a job. However, before Bob can inform Mario, Mario makes a grateful speech thanking Bob for all Bob has done for him, leaving Bob feeling too guilty to speak further. Bob then learns the producers are seriously considering hiring him, but that they insist he come to Los Angeles to record music for the final audition.
Bob reluctantly agrees to go, although he prefers to work from New York. Upon arriving, Bob calls Jennifer and invites her to his recording session and to dinner, but she abruptly turns him down. A dejected Bob goes to the studio, but cheers up after David arrives unexpectedly to play piano at his session, and then Jennifer arrives, having changed her mind.
Afterwards, Bob confesses to Jennifer that he composed the love song recorded at the session many years ago with her in mind. Bob and Jennifer make love and spend time together, but Jennifer breaks up with him again, telling him that although she loves him, she's "not a forever person" and can't change. As she drives Christmas Song (Version 2) - Joseph Brooks - If Ever I See You Again (Original Motion Picture Soundt, Bob learns that he got the film score job and that he will even be able to work from New York City as he prefers, meaning that he will not be returning to California.
Heartbroken, Bob returns to New York and prepares Games - AB Logic - The Hitman celebrate the holidays with his family and friends.
While he is hosting a children's Christmas party, Jennifer suddenly appears, having reconsidered the breakup, and Bob and Jennifer happily reunite. Peter Billingsleythen a child actor who became well known a few years later as "Ralphie" in A Christmas Storymade one of his first film appearances in the Christmas party scene. Brooks' partner, Robert K. Lifton, later wrote that he and Brooks set out to make a similar follow-up, as financing was likely to be available for a concept that had already been proven successful.
In his self-published memoir, Lifton wrote that they "focus[ed] on making low cost movies with music that could carry the movie and let the record help the movie and the movie help the record.
In addition to producing, co-writing, directing and scoring the film, Brooks also decided to play the leading role of "Bob Morrison" himself. This is not conjecture - anyone who knew him knew he was afflicted with stuttering and not mild stuttering.
Like Brooks, most of the other main actors were also inexperienced. Jerry Keller and Kenny Karen were former pop musicians turned jingle creators who had worked with Brooks in the past. Keller's film experience consisted of a bit part in You Light Up My Life as an orchestra music director. Shelley Hack was then a model best known for appearing in a television commercial for Revlon 's "Charlie" fragrancewho had a two-line part in Woody Allen 's acclaimed film Annie Hall.
The cast provided their own wardrobes. In keeping with the idea of "music that could carry the movie," Brooks wrote a number of songs for the film: he also revived for the soundtrack the Julie Monday regional hit "Come Share the Good Times With Christmas Song (Version 2) - Joseph Brooks - If Ever I See You Again (Original Motion Picture Soundt with the title adjusted to "Come Share My Love" Brooks had produced the Julie Monday recording but its songwriting credit had been to Gilbert Kennington a pseudonym for Brooks' brother Gilbert Kaplan Driftaway - Mötley Crüe - Mötley Crüe however authorship of "Come Share My Love" was credited to Brooks himself.
Boone released "California" in February as the follow-up to "You Light Up My Life", but "California" only reached 50 on the Hot Christmas Song (Version 2) - Joseph Brooks - If Ever I See You Again (Original Motion Picture Soundt, failing to duplicate Boone's previous success. An original soundtrack double album for the film was also released on Warner Bros. The album did not contain Flack's version of the theme song or any other contributions by Flack.
Notwithstanding the moderate success of Flack's single, and the considerable effort and cost put into promoting the film, If Ever I See You Again received generally negative reviews although the Los Angeles Times praised the "nice, natural quality" of the performances "despite Brooks' stilted direction"      and bombed at the box office. Some of the criticism centered on poor acting by Brooks or other members of the inexperienced cast. The film's reputation did not improve with time.
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