The Sweet Ride (1968)

R  |   |  Drama  |  14 June 1968 (West Germany)
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An aging tennis hustler (Tony Franciosa), young protégé surfer (Michael Sarrazin), and young protégé musician (Bob Denver) live the buddy life at Malibu beach pad. Surfer falls in love with... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Collie Ransom
Choo-Choo Burns
Bill Cartwright
Thumper Stevens
Lara Lindsay ...
Mrs. Cartwright
Percy Rodrigues ...
Lieutenant Harvey Atkins (as Percy Rodriguez)
Brady Caswell
Texas Gambler
Barry Green
Lloyd Gough ...
Stacy King ...
Big Jane
Tennis Girl


An aging tennis hustler (Tony Franciosa), young protégé surfer (Michael Sarrazin), and young protégé musician (Bob Denver) live the buddy life at Malibu beach pad. Surfer falls in love with starlet (Jacqueline Bisset) who washes up on beach. Starlet is beaten up by her possessive producer/lover/sugar daddy after she has revenge sex with motorcycle gang leader. Motorcycle gang leader is in turn beaten up by Franciosa and Sarrazin. Main characters all grow up a bit. Music by Dusty Springfield and Moby Grape. Written by Al Baby

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The Starlet and the Drifter-- Careening through the neon haunts of Vegas... the velvet traps of Hollywood... the Malibu parties... Grabbing for the brass ring... the winning ticket... See more »




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Release Date:

14 June 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Praia dos Desejos  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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Surfers Mickey Dora and David Nuuhiwa doubled for Anthony Franciosa and Michael Sarrazin. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »


Never Again
Sung by Moby Grape of Matthew Katz Productions
Words and Music by Moby Grape
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Interesting hybrid of counter-culture youth opus, beach movie, biker flick, and old school soap opera
1 January 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Hollywood starlet, beaten down by the high price of glamor and success, is ready to leave her career for a mercurial surfer, who is under the thumb of a controlling tennis bum. Cheesy Twentieth Century-Fox answer to the youth movement in cinema of 1968, complete with swastika-wearing bikers and also a funny buddy (Bob Denver) straight out of the "Beach Party" movies from the earlier part of the decade. Jacqueline Bisset is obviously a beautiful women, but not so much here; the combination of gummy color cinematography and an unattractive part conspire to make the up-and-coming star look haughty and silly. Tanned, muscular Tony Franciosa gives the stilted proceedings a little kick, but Franciosa had already outgrown parts like this smug tennis hustler (it's the type of dumb role which would help kill off interest in him as an actor in the next few years). Although the picture is swill, there is some fascination (for buffs, at least) in seeing a major studio frantically trying to be 'with it'...keeping up with the kids, as it were. ** from ****

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