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The Oscar (1966)

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

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8 July 1966 (UK)  »

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...denn keiner ist ohne Schuld  »

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This film opens with footage of stars' arrivals shot outside an actual mid-1960s Academy Awards ceremony, with the year of the event carefully obscured in all wide angles. One transfer of the film reveals that it is the 37th Academy Awards, held in 1964. See more »


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 »


Hymie Kelly: Take it easy. It's not gonna help if you get a thrombo!
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


All the Way
by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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14 December 2001 | by (UNITED STATES) – See all my reviews

There is no other way to concieve of this film getting made other than being the by-product of extraterrestrials intercepting tv signals of DYNASTY, MELROSE PLACE and the like and recreating them as a realistic depiction of the way Earthlings behave. This gets my vote as the most unintentionally fall-on-your-ass hilarious movie ever made; you simply can't write comedy this good! The dialogue must have turned John Waters chartreuse with envy, and the performance by Steven Boyd is akin to what if one of the THUNDERBIRDS marionettes had been cast in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLFE?. His body language is quite like some poor puppet being randomly jerked around while the puppeteer tries to shake off LSD-conjured spiders. And the incredibly strange dialogue from a knife-wielding strip joint owner:(attempting to be intimidating, with a crazy gleam in his eye and tossing his switchblade between both of his hands) "Pretty? Pretty?" No one in the history of civilization has ever talked like any of the characters in this film. If you are fortunate enough to have this unjustly out-of-print film at your local video store, not only should you rent it immediately, but you should invite over all of your friends and let them stare at this mess in slack-jawed amazement. A solid 10 on the laughs scale! And you will pee your pants at Tony Bennet's narration/ performance!!! RENT IT RIGHT NOW, FOR GOD'S SAKE!

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