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Ex-gangster Tony Banks is called out of retirement by mob kingpin God to carry out a hit on fellow mobster "Blue Chips" Packard. When Banks demurs, God kidnaps his daughter Darlene on his luxury yacht. Written by
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The film begins with a cartoon figure in striped prison clothing dancing across the film's title and Otto Preminger's credit on the main characters' TV set. The channel is switched by Jackie Gleason before any other names are revealed. See more »
The one film for which "Jackie Gleason on Acid" serves as both a literal and figurative description...
Director Otto Preminger's tasteless, insulting, offensive, embarrassing, and (most significantly) humorless exercise in 1960s psychedelic, "Skidoo" is even more notable for its tireless waste of resources. Mr. Preminger's direction aside, star Jackie Gleason (as "Tough" Tony Banks) appears as if he needs a drink. Obviously, Mr. Gleason's knack for comedy ("The Honeymooners") and drama ("The Hustler") doesn't translate into satire...
The film is a colossally misdirected Acid Bomb...
Despite delivering a colorless performance, Gleason is in possession of the film's highlight: it's the "acid trip" he has while in jail; in isolation, it accidentally succeeds. The later Fred Clark and Harry Nilsson "acid trip" is a runner-up; and, Mr. Nilsson's musical interludes are pleasant. Stoned-looking Groucho Marx and Frank Gorshin are painful to watch. Michael Constantine matches Gleason's level of wit. Troupers Carol Channing and Mickey Rooney give it their best shot, at least...
Frankie Avalon (as Angie) should be proud, as his characterization stands out amongst such disappointing mediocrity. A star for Mr. Avalon, and a star for Nilsson. Everyone should receive light to heavy paddling, with a well-worn copy of Tom Wolfe's "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test".
** Skidoo (1968) Otto Preminger ~ Jackie Gleason, Frankie Avalon, Carol Channing
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