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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Natalia Borisova ...
Ballerina
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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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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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4 April 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fiesta inolvidable  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Bakshi's car is a Morgan Sports Model, built from 1932-1939. Note that is has right-hand drive like all UK vehicles. See more »

Goofs

There is no reason for the bidet to leak. Whilst the toilet breaks down after Bakshi has used it, he has not touched the bidet before it begins to gush water violently. See more »

Quotes

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