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Skidoo (1968)

 -  Comedy  -  19 December 1968 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 Alex Barylski <asbarylski@msn.com>

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It takes two to skidoo.

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Rated R for some nudity and drug content | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Faye Dunaway, under contract to Otto Preminger at the time, refused to appear in the film after her unexpected success in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and was promptly sued by Preminger. The matter was settled out of court. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Tony, it looks like one of them hippies!
Tony Banks: That's right... and no hippie is gonna make it with my daughter.
Darlene Banks: Daddy, he wasn't going to... I'm not sure *he* even knows what he wants.
Tony Banks: What is he, a faggot?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film, Harry Nilsson sings all the credits that appear onscreen, with occasional side notes (e.g. "a good friend", or "thanks"). See more »

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Living in a Garbage Can
Written and Performed by Harry Nilsson
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Awesome!
27 January 2008 | by (the lomes) – See all my reviews

What an incredibly unreal achievement! Channing, Gleason and everyone else's agents must have flipped out when their clients expressed interest in this. This film has so much to say about media and violence and militarization and the 1960s climate that its dismissal only makes sense. A movie that says this much in such a conniving and subversive way is one that should be treasured and never thrown under the bus. Mickey Rooney knew what he was doing, Groucho Marx knew what he was doing, and definitely Carol Channing knew what she was doing. This film is extremely well-crafted and nothing is hap-hazard, as some have suggested. It also has some of the best pan shots of all time. Its jail house scenes are complete comedy regardless of what scope they are viewed through. This wasn't just Preminger cutting loose from a studio's iron fist, this was Preminger and the screenwriter making a serious comment on society. Watch this film on the big screen in any re-issue if you can, but it is actually really clever to see it on old bootlegs because you can see how much it doesn't fit into the "Saturday TV Matinée" format, or any format for that matter. Groucho Marx did tune in and drop out,and its because all those great 1930s-1950s legends are so hip and weirded out by their usual offerings that they committed and committed fully to making such an unbelievably brilliant comedy-adventure with loads to say. Actors act because they relate to material and see something in the text. The film is photographed so well and is so appreciative of the film's talent, that as it communicates its messages, it provides a great staging ground for Rooney, Channing, Bolger, Avalon, and Marx to do the oddest and most remarkable work of their career. Entertainment on the edge, people, dig it!!!


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