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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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Orrin C. Quentin
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Storyline

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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The dreamers and the schemers...the hustlers and the hopefuls...the free-loaders and the phonies...the fakers and the famous...all fighting for the highest possible award! See more »

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Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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8 July 1966 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El Óscar  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Pathécolor)
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Trivia

Listed among the Top 10 Best Bad Movies of All Time in "The Official Razzie Movie Guide." See more »

Goofs

The newspaper photos of Cheryl Barker hitting Frankie don't match the scene when it happens. She could have hit him twice (she was angry enough), and the photographers might have caught the second hit. See more »

Quotes

Hymie Kelly: She died on the table, ya bastard! She died under the knife! She miscarried!
Frankie Fane: What's that got to do with me?
Hymie Kelly: It was your baby!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

All the Way
by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Don't miss Tony Bennett as Hymie Kelly!
21 July 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Atrocious film from producer Joseph E. Levine, here ripping the lid off the Hollywood can but getting nothing out of it except hot air. Ruthless, snarling Stephen Boyd scratches his way up from seamy strip joints (as manager for the non-blushing Jill St. John) to the top of the H-wood heap as the world's most constipated actor. Laughable backstage melodrama is high camp, but how can one laugh without feeling sorry for all the embarrassed personalities on the screen--none more so than Tony Bennett, looking like a basset hound in a tuxedo. The fifth-rate screenplay is full of now-legendary fruit-loop lines, boiling over with 'significance', while the surroundings (once considered plush) now look tatty. Elke Sommer (as a sketch artist for Edith Head!) is the one cast member who doesn't bulldoze her way through the picture. Otherwise, it ain't for the squeamish! *1/2 from ****


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