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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

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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

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bumbling | shoe | elephant | actor | cowboy | See more »

Taglines:

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

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fiesta inolvidable  »

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

This film was improvised from a 56-page outline. Each scene was shot in sequence, and built upon the previous scene. To aid in this experiment, the film's producers had a video-camera tube attached to the Panavision camera and connected to an Ampex studio videotape machine, allowing the actors and crew to review what they had just filmed. 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

References The Lady Eve (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

It Had Better Be Tonight (Meglio Stasera)
(1964) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Mancini
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User Reviews

Sellers and Edwards masterpiece
31 October 2004 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

The movie is still fresh after all these years. It's an homage to the slapstick comedy, an homage to the Laurel & Hardy films, and to Chaplin movies as well.

"The party" is the finest achievement of Sellers & Edwards, the film is far superior to the "Pink Panther" series. Why? The story is absolutely simple: by mistake an Indian actor goes to a party in a Hollywood villa. End of the story.

Mr. Hrundi V. Bakshi (the name of the main character) is the kindest and most awkward person you can meet... The film is just made by a group of gags -many are improvised-.

We can see that Peter Sellers, a terrific actor, is also a mime -he can do whatever with the expressions of his face and his body-. For doing such film you have to have a very intelligent and patient director, who knows all the comedy's tricks and let actors play with a total freedom... Blake Edwards is an eclectic director who allows that. Working with Peter Sellers (as Edwards says) was not easy -he had a very difficult personality, either he was the funniest man in the world or he was the most unbearable person. But he was a genius, he let many many gems.

"The Party" is one of them. Brilliant and moving.


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