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22 December 1968 (USA) See more »
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Sometimes being a nice girl is too much to BARE! See more »
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Rachel arrives in New York from her Amish community intent on becoming a dancer. Unfortunately Billy... See more » | Full synopsis »
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THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S (William Friedkin, 1968) *** See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Jason Robards ... Raymond Paine

Britt Ekland ... Rachel Schpitendavel

Norman Wisdom ... Chick Williams

Forrest Tucker ... Trim Houlihan

Harry Andrews ... Jacob Schpitendavel

Joseph Wiseman ... Louis Minsky

Denholm Elliott ... Vance Fowler

Elliott Gould ... Billy Minsky
Jack Burns ... Candy Butcher

Bert Lahr ... Professor Spats
Gloria LeRoy ... Mae Harris
Eddie Lawrence ... Scratch
Dexter Maitland ... Duffy
Lillian Hayman ... Singer in Speakeasy

Richard Libertini ... Pockets (as Dick Libertini)
Judith Lowry ... Mother Annie (as Judith Lowery)
Will B. Able ... Clyde
Mike Elias ... Immigration Officer 1
Frank Shaw ... Immigration Officer 2
Chanin Hale ... Valerie
Ernestine Barrett ... Minsky Girl
Kelsey Collins ... Minsky Girl
Marilyn D'Honau ... Minsky Girl
Kathryn Doby ... Minsky Girl
Joanna Rush ... Minsky Girl (as JoAnn Lehmann)
Dorothea MacFarland ... Minsky Girl
Billie Mahoney ... Minsky Girl
Carolyn Morris ... Minsky Girl
June Eve Story ... Minsky Girl
Helen Wood ... Minsky Girl

Rudy Vallee ... Opening Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Boylan ... Laughing Lady in the Audience (uncredited)
Henry Calvert ... (uncredited)
Herbie Faye ... Waiter (uncredited)
Stephen Fitzstephens ... Ice Cream Kisser (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... Minsky Customer (uncredited)
Lester Mack ... (uncredited)
Joe E. Marks ... Mr. Flegelman (uncredited)
Remo Pisani ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Ellen Stretton ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Fat Thomas ... Stagehand (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Friedkin 
 
Writing credits
Arnold Schulman (screenplay) &
Sidney Michaels (screenplay) &
Norman Lear (screenplay)

Rowland Barber (book)

Produced by
George Justin .... associate producer
Norman Lear .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Strouse 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum 
Pablo Ferro (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
 
Production Design by
Jean Eckart 
William Eckart 
 
Art Direction by
John Robert Lloyd 
 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hairdresser (as Robert Grimaldi)
 
Production Management
Jim Di Gangi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pablo Ferro .... second unit director
Burtt Harris .... assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... second assistant director (as J. Alan Hopkins)
 
Art Department
Richard Adee .... set dresser
Edward Garzero .... chief scenic artist
Donald Holtzman .... property master
Edward Swanson .... set construction
Walter Way .... set construction
 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Dennis Maitland .... production sound mixer (as Dennis L. Maitland)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Vorisek)
Richard P. Cirincione .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Pablo Ferro .... visual consultant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (as Vincent Gerardo)
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator (as Richard Kratina)
Michael Mahony .... key grip
Willie Meyerhoff .... gaffer (as William Meyerhoff)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Ron Zarilla .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Bernie Styles .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe (as Florence Transfield)
 
Editorial Department
Michael Breddan .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Philip J. Lang .... conductor
Philip J. Lang .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Danny Daniels .... choreographer
Dick DeBenedictis .... choreographer (as Richard DeBenedictis)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
William Giorgio .... assistant to producer
Marguerite James .... script supervisor (as Marguerite James Powell)
Shirley Marcus .... production secretary
Morton Minsky .... technical advisor
Anne Wallace .... assistant choreographer
Jane Hoyt Thompson .... assistant: Norman Lear (uncredited)
 
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Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and brief nudity
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99 min
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Australia:PG (TV rating) | Sweden:Btl | USA:PG-13 | USA:M (original rating)

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Bert Lahr's part was intended to be larger, but the actor died during filming.See more »
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Anachronisms: When the actors smoke, they use filtered cigarettes. Most cigarettes of the era were non-filtered. Filters did not become popular until after the 1950s.See more »
Quotes:
Jacob Schpitendavel:I need your help, Louis Minsky. My daughter will not be welcome in my home if she stays the night to dance upon your son's stage. There is a train in 51 minutes. You must tell your son to see she is on it.
Louis Minsky:You see this chair? Tell it to dance. See if it listens. That's how much my Billy listens to me.
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THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S (William Friedkin, 1968) ***, 25 August 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Following the 12 Norman Wisdom vehicles I watched during the course of the last 2 weeks, I decided to add to them his only American film. A nostalgic piece about vaudeville in New York's lower East Side in the 1920s, perhaps the film's single greatest asset is its remarkable recreation of that era; amazingly, the inspired transition from black-and-white photos of the period to the film itself seems to have been a happy accident which occurred during the editing process!

The IMDb also noted that the film's preview was a disaster and that editor Ralph Rosenblum employed more than a year of his life to try and save it!; I have no idea how Friedkin's 'original' version looked like but the finished product is a very enjoyable film indeed, if somewhat shapeless (featuring too many 'girlie' shows, for instance, though the music by Charles Strouse is admirably 'of the period'): the plot concerns the goings-on in a second-rate (self-proclaimed "The Poor Man's Follies") burlesque theater whose lease is about to expire and the manager (Elliott Gould) - with the help of his two star comedians (Jason Robards and Wisdom) - has to devise a plan to hold on to his venue; the solution arrives in the shapely form of a naïve Midwestern girl (Britt Ekland), an aspiring dancer but whose debut performance is turned via a series of incidents into the first-ever striptease act!

Friedkin managed to come up with a splendid cast: while Robards may be too stern for the 'leading man' figure (who falls for Ekland's ingénue), he's got some of the film's best lines; Ekland herself is delightful, particularly during the literally show-stopping climax; Wisdom's moving but unsentimental performance makes the most of his 'comic sidekick' role, emphasizing the character's humanity (realizing Ekland's inaptness at performing on stage, he patiently schools her) and feelings (he secretly loves her too but since Ekland prefers Robards herself, he's happy to leave her to his pal).

The supporting cast, then, is a pure delight: Forrest Tucker (as a gangster with a share in the theater), Elliott Gould (playing, as already mentioned, the flustered but inexperienced manager who's entirely dependant on his star attractions), Joseph Wiseman (as Gould's bemused Jewish father, the owner of the theater who's intent on its foreclosure because he disapproves of the style of his son's shows!), Harry Andrews (sporting a wicked beard and exaggerated eye-brows to match as Ekland's Amish father, who arrives in New York in order to claim back his wayward daughter), Denholm Elliott (hilarious as a Vice Squad official whose presence at the theater is recurrent so as to fervently jot down all form of lewdness and general unwholesomeness he happens to notice going on, in preparation for an eventual Police raid...which, naturally happens on "The Night They Invented Striptease", as the film was alternately called!) and Bert Lahr (as, more or less, the Chorus to the narrative but whose role was considerably diminished because, sadly, he passed away in mid-production!). Perhaps the film's funniest moment is the confrontation scene between Wiseman and Andrews (with the former telling the latter that "The only God who could tolerate me is the only one who could tolerate you!"), after which their joint prayer for their children's souls is interrupted by the perpetually awkward Elliott, who's forced to accompany them but is clearly lost!

Unfortunately, the film was recorded off what has to be the sloppiest channel on Cable TV; in fact, the screening froze at one point and the reception was subsequently lost for a brief instance!

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