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The Happening (1967)

A few hippies "go with the flow" and end up kidnapping a retired Mafia kingpin.

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A group of young drifters kidnap wealthy businessman Roc Delmonico just for kicks. They keep him captive, demanding a ransom for his safe release. However there is no one - wife, Mafia associates or mother - willing to part with the $200,000 ransom. Demonico is dismayed that no one appears unduly concerned about his fate and joins forces with the kidnappers to plot his revenge, blackmailing his once nearest and dearest into parting with $3,000,000 in hush money. Written by alfiehitchie

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During 'The Happening''s shoot, Robert Walker Jr. was working on two projects at the same time. The second week of filming he did double duty shooting an episode of The Time Tunnel (1966), where he played Billy the Kid. See more »

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Sandy: I don't want to play this game any more.
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The Happening
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics by Brian Holland (as Holland), Lamont Dozier (as Dozier), Eddie Holland (as Holland)
Performed by The Supremes
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The Pure Product of America Gone Crazy
11 July 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

During a break, ensconced Miami gangster Anthony Quinn (as Roc Delmonico) is accidentally kidnapped by gigolo George Maharis (as Taurus) and three thrill-seeking college students: Michael Parks (as Sureshot), Robert Walker Jr. (as Herby), and Faye Dunaway (as Sandy). And, Frank DeVol plays Herb Alpert.

"The Happening" is an excellent roller-coaster trip, which just misses being a perfect ten. It really loses its "cool" after Mr. Quinn and the "gang of four" return to destroy Quinn's living room. Filmmakers should have considered moving The Supremes' excellent "vocal version" of the title song up from the end credits, to replace the instrumental version of the song played during the living room mess-up, and ended the film there. The "darker" points made during the last act put a damper on the proceedings; they had already been made, more effectively and subtly, earlier.

The mix of writers (Ron Austin, James Buchanan and Frank Pierson), actors, and director (Elliott Silverstein) result in some inspired, (improvised ?) lunacy. Direction and editing (Philip Anderson) are outstanding. Even nature is cooperative - witness the gulls and waves in the background when Quinn calls his wife to request the ransom money. The actors are blocked beautifully; and, the darkly comic scene ends with the blackbird flying off to the left of the screen. This sequence, in particular, raises the film well above ordinary.

"The Happening" has both laugh-out-loud and smug chuckling moments. The cast references several Hollywood classics: Mr. Parks' James Dean is the most obvious; but look out for smaller nods from Quinn ("Gone with the Wind"), Mr. Maharis ("West Side Story"), Mr. Walker Jr. ("Gypsy"), and Ms. Dunaway ("A Streetcar Named Desire"). Milton Berle (as Fred) and Martha Hyer (as Monica) are perfect in their supporting roles; and, Oskar Homolka (as Sam) is simply hilarious. Try to fend off some restlessness during the last act; "The Happening" is a great trip.

********* The Happening (3/22/67) Elliott Silverstein ~ Anthony Quinn, George Maharis, Robert Walker Jr., Michael Parks


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