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Richard Farina (novel)
Robert Schlitt (screenplay)
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  (in credits order)

Barry Primus ... Gnossos 'Paps' Pappadopoulis

David Downing ... Heff

Susan Tyrrell ... Jack
Philip Shafer ... Flip

Bruce Davison ... Fitzgore

Zack Norman ... Mojo

Raul Julia ... Juan Carlos Rosenbloom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray the 'K' ... Himself
Larry Albright ... Fraternity Brother
Ved Bandhu ... George
Marian Clarke ... Pamela Watson-May
John Coe ... Motherball
John Collin ... Sergeant Woody
John Davis ... Male Student
Linda De Coff ... Kristin
Guy Deghy ... Kovacs
Jaime Escobar ... Cuban Hustler
Scott Fisher
The Five Satins ... Themselves
Martin Gleitsman ... Radio Announcer Voice

Nicholas Hammond ... Agneau (as Nick Hammond)
Cynthia Harris ... Beth
Marilyn Hengst ... Judy Lumpers
Sue Holliday ... Vampire Girl
Paul Jabara ... Heap
Calvin Jung ... Harold Wong
Shi Khanma ... Irma
Judy Kiehl ... Female Student
Fred Krebs ... Fred Krebs
Mark Malicz ... Komenski
John Moore ... Fraternity Brother

James Noble
Bud Palmer ... Youngblood
Blanca Romero ... Mrs. Motherball

John P. Ryan ... Oeuf
Birdie Schroeder ... Counterlady
Karel Stepanek ... Count Derassy
Victor Vasquez ... Cuban Priest
Luis Vera ... Cuban Doctor
Bruce Witkin ... Sports Announcer Voice

Directed by
Jeffrey Young 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Farina  novel
Robert Schlitt  screenplay

Produced by
Robert M. Rosenthal .... producer (as Robert Rosenthal)
David Saunders .... associate producer
Original Music by
Garry Sherman 
Cinematography by
Urs Furrer 
Film Editing by
Nicholas Meyers 
Nicholas Meyers 
Bruce Witkin 
Art Direction by
William Molyneux 
Set Decoration by
Charles Tice 
Makeup Department
Reginald Tackley .... makeup artist
Production Management
George Goodman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Panesoff .... assistant director
Art Department
Gregory Kwater .... paintings
Frederic C. Weiler .... property master
Sound Department
Charles Federmack .... sound recordist
Al Gramaglia .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Gerolomi .... gaffer
Ronald M. Lautore .... assistant camera
Louis S. Toth Jr. .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne David .... wardrobe
Music Department
Eddie Smith .... music engineer
Collin Walcott .... composer: sitar music
Collin Walcott .... musician: sitar music
Other crew
Paula Roizman .... script supervisor
Philip Shafer .... assistant to director

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Gnossos 'Paps' Pappadopoulis:Why are you so dressed up?
Fitzgore:It's Rush Week.
Gnossos 'Paps' Pappadopoulis:You gonna kill the fatted calf?
Fitzgore:No, we're having steak.
[Gnossos rolls his eyes]
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The only inspired thing about this is the title, 19 October 2003
Author: Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands

Based on the novel by Richard Farina, "Been down so long it looks like up to me" is not so much a coherent story as a series of chapters concerning a young (con-)man's college years in the late fifties. He experiments with drugs, free love and proceeds to party and disregard every rule, as if he were already living the late sixties. This may sound like a fun hippie comedy, but unfortunately it's not.

The film features some familiar faces before they became familiar: A very young Bruce Davison, the late great Raul Julia in one of his earliest roles and even a Pre-Spiderman, Post-Sound of music Nicholas Hammond. Unfortunately, the movie is not about any of them but about a pathological liar named Gnossos, played by Barry Primus.

Gnossos keeps pulling scams and deceiving everybody he meets, but not in a very enjoying of funny way. In fact the character is so unlikable and his misadventures so unrelated to each other that the movie soon becomes tedious. When he starts having bad drug trips this viewer just didn't care anymore and wanted the film to end. But it gets even more depressing from there on.

4 out of 10

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