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The Party (1968)

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

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Natalia Borisova ...
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Nanny
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Rosalind Dunphy
Al Checco ...
Bernard Stein
Corinne Cole ...
Janice Kane
Dick Crockett ...
Wells
Frances Davis ...
Maid
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Stella D'Angelo (as Danielle de Metz)
Herbert Ellis ...
Director (as Herb Ellis)
Paul Ferrara ...
Ronnie Smith
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Levinson
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Molly Clutterbuck
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Cook
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By a twist of fate, clumsy still good-hearted, aspiring actor Hrundi V. Bakshi, is invited to attend Fred "General" Clutterbuck's big party, after having utterly ruined the set of his latest feature film. What Mr. Clutterbuck doesn't know, is that Bakshi is present at his gathering, merrily mingling with the highly-esteemed guests he and his wife have wholeheartedly invited. The night is approaching and all of the guests have finally assembled in this magnificent villa, equipped with the latest innovations modern technology has to offer. In this cozy and friendly atmosphere, drinks are flowing, food is in abundance and everybody is having a great time with light conversations and in high spirits, enjoying the music from the band. But when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol and his real identity is finally revealed, only God knows how this well-thought party is going to end up... Written by Nick Riganas

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La fiesta inolvidable  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Released on the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated. See more »

Goofs

The sax player is playing a tenor for the whole film until the end during the bubble scene when he mysteriously is playing a beaten up old C melody. Clearly he didn't want to get his horn ruined, but they should have used something else as it's a completely different instrument, different keywork and different color and different size. See more »

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

Referenced in La gran familia española (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Party
(1968)
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by the Party Latecomers (as The Party Poops)
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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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