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The Oscar (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 8 July 1966 (UK)
Snotty Hollywood actor becomes even more full of himself after he's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Frankie Fane has clawed his way to the top of the Hollywood heap. Now, as he's preparing to win his Oscar, his friend Hymie Kelly reminisces over their life together, and Frankie's ruthless struggle to the top and the people he's stepped on (i.e., everyone else in the movie) to make it there. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Hero or heel, he had it made...a swinger with 3 cars, one yacht, and a mansion that had the starlets coming and going! See more »

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8 July 1966 (UK)  »

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Trivia

The Richard Sale novel on which this film is based followed Frank Fane as he systematically ruined the chances of his four fictitious Oscar rivals. In the movie, the other four Best Actor nominees are actual Hollywood stars, "nominated" as Best Actor for fictitious film titles. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the yacht Frankie says he pushed a rack on 28th street. The garment center in New York City is between 34th & 40th streets. See more »

Quotes

Sam: He's in a funky mood today.
Hymie Kelly: Well, you know that pattern, every time he starts a new picture, snarly Fane, the boy-faced dog.
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All the Way
by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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the campfire of the vanities
18 October 2007 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Stephen Boyd leads an impressive cast (Milton Berle, Edie Adams, Ernest Borgnine, Joseph Cotten, Jill St John, Eleanor Parker, Tony Bennet, Peter Lawford, Jack Soo, Elke Sommer) in this flawed Hollywood expose for the masses. The biggest flaw being that he's supposed to be an unscrupulous guy (which he is) who steps over everyone (which he does) in order to get to the top echelon of Hollywood actors. Once he gets a taste of life at the top, problems arise, because of all the people he's used and disposed of to get there. It sounds bad, however, the way his part is written doesn't do justice to how bad he's supposed to be. He's just another aggressive lout, with at least episodes of decency, who's self-blinded by the unreasonable purpose to reach the top. Anyone who's watched a few movies has seen characters who are much worse. Nonetheless, he gets a great comeuppance towards the end of the film that is worth waiting for, not that you have to suffer through a terrible film in the meanwhile. There's more than enough to string the viewer along, with pretty good performances by Milton Berle as Boyd's agent, and Joseph Cotten as the head of the studio. Granted, Tony Bennet is no actor, but there are nifty parts for Jill St John, Edie Adams, and Ernest Borgnine, as well as Peter Lawford.


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