Packin' It In

Packin' It In is a 1983 American TV film starring Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss.

Packin' It In
Written byPatricia Jones
Donald Reiker
Directed byJud Taylor
StarringRichard Benjamin
Paula Prentiss
Tony Roberts
Music byMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Tony Converse
Roger Gimbel
Producer(s)Patricia Jones
Donald Reiker
Christopher Seitz (supervising producer)
Production location(s)British Columbia
CinematographyRobert E. Collins
Editor(s)Michael Brown
Running time95 minutes
Production company(s)CBS Entertainment Production
EMI Television
Jones-Reiker Ink Group
Lee Rock Industries Ltd.
Roger Gimbel Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseFebruary 7, 1983

It was directed by Jud Taylor.


A family decide to move to Oregon.



Benjamin made it just after making his feature film debut as director, My Favorite Year.[1] Although set in Oregon, the film was shot in Vancouver.[2]

Benjamin and Prentiss brought their two children along on location. "That was great and there was just a nice family feeling," Benjamin said. "Paula and I have been married for 22 years. I was in a movie a few years ago called The Last Married Couple in America and now we are - at least we're one of the last in show business, anyway. We're real close and we like to work together. We have not worked together in television since we did the series called 'He and She' in 1970 and we had a great time doing that."[3]


The New York Times said the film had "some very funny bits and pieces. But the overall conception never quite holds together. It is only sporadically as good as it should be."[4]


  1. MOVIES: From acting to directing: For Richard Benjamin; the move meant a 'Year' of fear Reich, Howard. Chicago Tribune 10 Oct 1982: d16.
  2. The face in the shadow Davis, Ivor. The Globe and Mail 5 Feb 1983: P.10.
  3. TELEVISION WEEK Fraser, C Gerald. New York Times 6 Feb 1983: A.3.
  4. TV: COMEDY ABOUT FLEEING THE CITY: [review] O'Connor, John J. New York Times 7 Feb 1983: C.17
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