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Boom! (1968)

Boom (original title)
PG | | Drama, Thriller | 26 May 1968 (USA)
Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs.



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Complete credited cast:
Chris Flanders
The Witch of Capri (as Noel Coward)
Miss Black
Romolo Valli ...
Doctor Luilo
Fernando Piazza ...
Veronica Wells ...
Howard Taylor ...


Film version of playwright Tennessee Williams' "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" involves very wealthy Flora 'Sissy' Goforth, supposedly dying, and living in a large mansion on a secluded island with her servants and nurses; into her life comes a mysterious man, Angelo Del Morte and "the Witch of Capri." The mysterious man may or may not be "The Angel of Death". Written by alfiehitchie

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Together they devour life! See more »


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Release Date:

26 May 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boom!  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was based on Tennessee Williams' play "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore", which in turn was based on Williams' short story "Man Bring This Up Road". See more »


All of Chris' belongings are in a couple of duffel bags thrown into ocean, yet when the bags are unpacked upon arriving at island, there is no water damage to either his address book or a book of poetry. See more »


Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: Has it ever occurred to you that life is all memory? Except for each present moment that goes by so quickly you can hardly catch it?
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Referenced in Multiple Maniacs (1970) See more »


Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Georgie Fame
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Divinely bonkers (and cries out to be on video)
3 October 1999 | by (Monster Island) – See all my reviews

Where to begin in discussing the rococo lunacy of this ill-fated project? Would it be Tennessee Williams' overripe script ("My heart beats blood that is not my blood, but the blood of anonymous donors")? Elizabeth Taylor's screeching performance ("S*** on your mother!", she yells at a clumsy servant)? Richard Burton's near-catatonic recitation of the title, or his reading of Coleridge's "Xanadu" (which Taylor interrupts with a "HUH?")?

Director John Waters' favorite movie (he calls it "failed art" and, thus, "perfect") is a non-stop laugh riot, and since "Boom!" is not available on video, you owe it to yourself to catch it on screen on those rare opportunities when it is presented. (The LA County Museum of Art recently screened it as part of its celebration of the Noel Coward centenary -- despite the fact that Mr. Coward appears in it for about 10 minutes -- and it drew hearty laughs throughout its seemingly interminable running time.)

So loony, so overdone, so 1968, this one's a camp classic.

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