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Panic Button (1964)

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A businessman plans to solve his tax problems by financing a film version of "Romeo and Juliet". He hires Maurice Chevalier and Jayne Mansfield to play the title roles, and Akim Tamiroff to... See full summary »


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A businessman plans to solve his tax problems by financing a film version of "Romeo and Juliet". He hires Maurice Chevalier and Jayne Mansfield to play the title roles, and Akim Tamiroff to direct. The finished film is shown at the Venice Film Festival, where it's considered a witty parody and awarded a Golden Lion. Written by alfiehitchie

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Several of Shakespeare's plays are referenced: from Romeo and Juliet only the balcony scene is shown but Chevalier's audition piece is from Macbeth, and there is a scene in which mobsters read extracts from King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream. See more »

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There are some redeeming qualities here....
3 March 2001 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

If one ignores the pathetic quality of the actual film stock used to bring this to the screen, If one ignores the sad overacting of Mr. Chevalier, If one ignores the convoluted plot, If one ignores the eccentric direction,

One will find some redeeming qualities in Panic Button:

The scenes of Europe, a more innocent Europe, a different mannered Europe were handled well. I really felt transported to the early 60's.

One is able to observe the way that our sensibilities have changed in such few years.

We observe that the sophistication of moviemaking has come a very long way from those days.

I watched this movie with not as much cringing as other reviewers. I tend to discern some of the good things that directors try to bring to movies.

And lastly, I did laugh and I did smile where I should have. So for that, I must at least give Panic Button a "6".

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