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The Phynx (1970)

GP | | Comedy, Music | 6 May 1970 (USA)
A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by communist enemies of the USA.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael A. Miller ...
A. Michael Miller - The Phynx (as A. Michael Miller)
Ray Chippeway ...
Ray Chippeway - The Phynx
Dennis Larden ...
Dennis Larden - The Phynx
Lonny Stevens ...
Lonny Stevens - The Phynx
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Corrigan
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Bogey
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Col. Rostinov
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Markevitch
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Ruby
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Philbaby
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Wee Johnny Wilson (as Teddy Eccles)
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Ultra Violet
Pat McCormick ...
Father O'Hoolihan
Joseph Gazal ...
Yakov
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Number One (as Bob Williams)
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An athlete, a campus militant, a black model, and an American Indian are picked by a computer (shaped like a woman) to form a rock group called the Phynx and go on tour in Albania where American show biz people have been kidnapped by Communists. Some of the stars that the phony band rescues: Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan (the most famous movie Tarzan and Jane), Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall (the Bowery Boys), Ed Sullivan, James Brown, Colonel Sanders, Guy Lombardo, Andy Devine, Ruby Keeler, Edgar Bergen, Butterfly McQueen, Jay Silverheels (Tonto), Rudy Vallee, Xavier Cugat, Trini Lopez, Dick Clark, Richard Pryor, Harold "Oddjob" Sakata, George Jessel, and Rhona Barrett. Warner Bros. Studios thought it was so bad that they decided at the last minute not to release it! Written by alfiehitchie

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Of all the American heroes who served their country in it's hour of need - only one had a great rock sound...

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In the record store scene, there are several classic LP's from the 60's shown. These include: Outsideinside by Blue Cheer, Time Peace by the Rascals, 60's band Graffiti, Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Handrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, Retrospective by Buffalo Springfield, Blood, Sweat & Tears, This Was by Jethro Tull and Near The Beginning by Vanilla Fudge, See more »

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Richard Pryor: Gentlemen, my name is Richard Pryor and I'm here to teach you soul.
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Music and Military training
10 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Phynix in the movie is a new rock and roll group created by the SSA (CIA) for the purpose of penetrating Communist Albania with the universal language of rock and roll. As for the movie itself, The Phynx is one ghastly comedy which features a whole bunch of folks from the big and small screen some playing themselves and some playing small supporting roles.

A great many of our celebrities of the past have been kidnapped and are being held by the Albanian government in a nation starved for entertainment. So it is reasoned that if we manufacture a new rock and roll group, but have them trained as James Bond type spies as well as musicians, these people can crack security in Albania and rescue the American pop culture heritage.

In charge of the operation is Michael Kellin with his brain dead assistant Lou Antonio as the handler and Brian Epstein for the Phynx. The four guys who play The Phynx have never been heard from since, two of them have no other screen credit.

As for all of yesterdays stars, some of them no doubt needed paycheck, but they all embarrassed themselves mightily. A lot of them looked they wanted to be just about anywhere but on the set of The Phynx.

For nostalgia lovers only and you might be offended.


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