The Christian Licorice Store (1971)

R  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  November 1971 (USA)
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A tennis champion falls in with the Hollywood crowd, finds himself being corrupted by the life in the fast lane.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan 'JC' Carruthers
Anne Randall ...
Texas Girl
Jaclyn Hellman ...
'Butch' Bucholtz ...
Dido Renoir ...
Walter Barnes ...
P.C. Stayne
Howard Storm ...
Assistant Director


Franklin Cane is a red-hot professional tennis player who climbs the ladder of success with his trainer, Jonathan, at his side. Jonathan was once considered the greatest American tennis player and intends to guide Franklin to the high-road. Franklin does not transcend the interest he has in local Hollywood-type parties littered with has-beens, wannabes and think-they-ares. It is there that he meets Cynthia, a pretty photographer who makes a living photographing people like French filmmaker Jean Renoir and taking production photos of commercials. Cane becomes slowly seduced by the fast-track life and, when Jonathan suddenly passes away in his sleep, he succumbs to a lifestyle that is completely devoid of morality. He drops off Cynthia at the side of the road, so to speak, and continues driving to a bleak, uncertain future. Written by thustlebird

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The world is yours if you're a winner.


Drama | Comedy

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »




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November 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bir sporcunun günlügü  »

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Both Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams had small parts in this film five years before Laverne & Shirley (1976), but both ended up on the cutting room floor. See more »


Hollywood Party Guests: I'm looking for a girl with a kind of... midnight quality.
Cynthia: I'm afraid I'm not the type at all.
Hollywood Party Guests: But you have such a lovely figure. Did anyone ever try to put you on film?
Cynthia: I'm not interested in sleeping with you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are contained in the movie-within-the-movie when the party-goers are summoned to the theater room of the swanky house. While they roll, two audience members discuss various items of business and an unruly doctor. See more »


References The Dirty Dozen (1967) See more »


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Written by Tim McIntire and Garry Goodgion (as David Byron)
Performed by Tim McIntire
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A weird movie, typical of the seventies...

A rare movie never commented on IMDb yet. So, I go for it. Well, everything has already been told in the plot line. I first thought of a Michael Ritchie movie, in the line of DOWHILL RACER, in a semi documentary style, a bout an athlete. But the James Frawley's film focuses more on the "inside", psychological aspect of the lead, Beau Bridges. Sometimes, the audience don't know where this film is driving at. Very weird film, as we saw so many during the seventies. The famous counter culture. It can be seen as a rather depressing movie, from a certain point of view. Gilbert Roland is touching as a vet tennis player. And watching Beau Bridges talking to Jean Renoir is also very surprising.

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