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Good Times (1967)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Western  -  May 1967 (USA)
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Sonny and Cher spoof many Hollywood classic movie scenes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sonny
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Chér / Various
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Mr. Mordicus / Knife McBlade / White hunter / Zarubian
Sonny & Cher ...
Themselves
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Warren
Larry Duran ...
Smith
Kelly Thordsen ...
Tough Hombre
Lennie Weinrib ...
Leslie Garth
Peter Robbins ...
Brandon
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Mordicus' Girl
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Mordicus' Girl
Diane Haggerty ...
Mordicus' Girl
James Flavin ...
Detective Lieutenant
Phil Arnold ...
Solly
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'Kid'
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Storyline

Done in a similar style to the musical duo's TV show "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour", this film is more a series of unconnected skits and parodies than a single running plot. When Sonny gets offered a role in a movie, he talks Cher into giving it a try. The proposed script, however, turns out to be awful, but in order to get out of doing this stinker of a project, Sonny has just ten days to come with his own better script. The rest of the film follows his daydreams as he plots out possible storylines starring him as a Wild West sheriff, a jungle king, and as a private eye. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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spoof | black lace stockings

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Sonny & Cher's ONLY motion picture together!


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May 1967 (USA)  »

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Sonny & Chér in Good Times  »

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Sonny and Cher did a promotional still for the film dressed in prehistoric caveman and cavewoman attire sitting atop Ralph Helfer's elephant Misty. See more »

Goofs

In the western scene where a mom is trying to pull her son's ear, she keeps missing the ear. The son finally realizes this, so he walks as if she had a hold of his ear. See more »


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Good Times
Composed by Sonny Bono
Performed by Sonny & Cher
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29 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agreed to see this because it was the first film by William Friedkin (French Connection, Excorsist). And the big surprise is that it is not a bad film. (And kudos to Mr Friedkin to show such savvy in his parody of "High Noon" and other films.) Of course it's not a great film, either. Stylistically, it is rather of a kind with television movies of the same era, or a decade later. For better or worse, Friedkin decided not to go the route of "psychedlic trippy hippy film," but delivers a fairly staid, episodic musical comedy. That actually saves the film, in my opinion; I never felt, watching this, that it might have seemed better in its time and place with a hit of acid under the belt. It's a simple, middle-brow romantic comedy about a pair of singers wrestling with the very idea of making a movie for their fans.

For me, the saving grace of the film is Cher; here she is all exuberance, innocent sexuality (a quality difficult to project), love-of-life - oh, she's just great.

And through her, the film captures the romanticism of the 1960s that is largely forgotten today.

Finally, a word on the music: Sonny Bono's songs are wretched just as songs, but he had a real ear for melody and the arrangements here make that very clear - he missed his calling, he should have been composing soundtracks all along.

A bit of an oddity, but kind of fun.


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