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George Peppard plays a hard-driven industrialist more than a little reminiscent of Howard Hughes. While he builds airplanes, directs movies and breaks hearts, his friends and lovers try to reach his human side, and find that it's an uphill battle. The film's title is a metaphor for self-promoting tycoons who perform quick financial takeovers, impose dictatorial controls for short-term profits, then move on to greener pastures. Written by
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Beginning with the opening credits, which might make you cross-eyed because they come rushing at you, you are assaulted one discomfort or another for the entire length of this movie.
Peppard is as wooden as they come - sure he looks like a leading man but there is no one home, as his performance is as one-note as Elizabeth Berkeley in "Showgirls".
Speaking of which, Carroll Baker spends most of the movie looking very cheap and slutty with some help from Edith Head designed nightgowns which might have inspired lousy costumes for decades to come. At one point, Baker is on top of a chandlier which comes crashing to the ground - gravity was never so appreciated for stopping her constant mugging.
The other actors suffer the indignity of some terrible movie dialogue:
Leif Erickson (to son Peppard, in a futile effort to put the breaks on his libido): "A man is judged by whats in his head, not in his bed".
This one takes the cake:
Elizabth Ashley (also to Peppard): "I'm an earthling. Haven't you noticed"?
Ashley's first scenes sound like she was doing a Carol Channing imitation, but she drops the accent right away, like no one noticed.
I enjoy trash as much as anyone but do believe that it should be limited to under two hours. This is about 2 1/2 hours and believe me it feels it. Also the actors are too deadly serious. Hollywood at its most Hollywood is on display here. Proceed accordingly.
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