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The Party (1968)

 -  Comedy  -  4 April 1968 (USA)
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A clerical mistake results in a bumbling film extra being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Natalia Borisova ...
Ballerina
Jean Carson ...
Nanny
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Rosalind Dunphy
Al Checco ...
Bernard Stein
Corinne Cole ...
Janice Kane
Dick Crockett ...
Wells
Frances Davis ...
Maid
Danielle De Metz ...
Stella D'Angelo (as Danielle de Metz)
Herbert Ellis ...
Director (as Herb Ellis)
Paul Ferrara ...
Ronnie Smith
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Levinson
Kathe Green ...
Molly Clutterbuck
Allen Jung ...
Cook
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Storyline

An Indian actor makes a huge mistake during the filming of a costume epic. When the 'Fire this guy' list gets confused with the studio head's guest list for a party, he appears there and everyone assumes he must belong. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you've ever been to a wilder party... you're under arrest.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Party  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 4,388,000 (Sweden)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Production designer Fernando Carrere reused the fireplace he had designed for The Pink Panther (1963) in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Bakshi lifts the lid on the toilet cistern, it is full of water. If it was continuously flushing, it should be empty. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Director: All right, cut it! Cut it!
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Connections

Featured in 20 to 1: Funny Films (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothing to Lose
(1968)
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Claudine Longet (uncredited)
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Charming Blake Edwards slapstick comedy
27 January 2002 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

When I was working for the Museum of Modern Art, we had a small retrospective for Blake Edwards, and he selected "The Party" as the movie he wanted to open with: he felt it was his "purest" film comedy. After the opening sequence with the Peter Sellers character wrecking a movie set, the bulk of the film takes place during the night of a big Hollywood party (which the Sellers character is inadvertently invited to). In this, the film is as rigorous as Antonioni's "La Notte" (also set during the events of one day and night), and the sight gags build and accumulate in a manner that is reminiscent of Jacques Tati (with the same melancholic humor prevading the slapstick). The film is utterly charming, with some acerbic touches pricking the hypocrisies of Hollywood, and the film takes the time to let the characters (especially the two principals, played by Sellers and Claudine Longet in her only major film role) develop. It may not be as manic as parts of "The Pink Panther" but it's very funny in an even and sustained way.


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