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Greaser's Palace (1972)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Western | 31 July 1972 (USA)
A parable based on the life of Christ. This ain't your father's Bible story, full of references about the destruction of the world through massive constipation and a New Mexican setting.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Henderson ...
Seaweedhead Greaser
Michael Sullivan ...
Lamy 'Homo' Greaser
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Cholera
George Morgan ...
Coo Coo
Ronald Nealy ...
Card Man / Ghost
Larry Moyer ...
Captain Good
John Paul Hudson ...
Smiley
Jackson S. Haynes ...
Rope Man
Lawrence Wolf ...
French Padre (as Larry Wolf)
Alex Hitchcock ...
Nun
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Indian
...
Indian Girl
Stan Gottlieb ...
Spitunia
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Mr. Spitunia
Don Smolen ...
Gip
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A parable based on the life of Christ. This ain't your father's Bible story, full of references about the destruction of the world through massive constipation and a New Mexican setting. Written by <Jonah13@nycnet.com>

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He's got the boogie on his fingers & the hubba-hubba in his soul!

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Comedy | Western

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31 July 1972 (USA)  »

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Palac Greasera  »

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the scene where the girl wakes to find her lover's throat cut she stands up wearing partially see-thru period underwear and you can see she is wearing tight-fitting modern panties underneath. See more »

Quotes

Jessy: If you feel, you heal.
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Turquoise Skies
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by Robert Downey Sr.
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Admittedly limited appeal, but fans of absurd "humor" will enjoy it
8 July 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

The first time I attempted to watch "Greaser's Palace", I turned it off. I'm not exactly sure why, but maybe the absurdest humor was just a bit too low key for my taste. Recently (roughly four years later), I decided to give it another go. Its one strange film (among the most bizarre produced in the States) and obviously a film of limited appeal. However, for fans of low key absurdest humor or the brief and bizarre vogue of acid westerns in the 70s, this is certainly worthwhile. For a film so arty and bizarre, its pretty entertaining. Like the finest surrealist comedies, the jokes are hilarious because they often seem to lack a punchline.

In my mind, this is Robert Downey Jr's most successful film. "Putney Swope" was funnier, but it hasn't aged well and was pretty uneven. On the other hand, "Greasers Palace" is a more cohesive work. It has a relatively linear (if completely bizarre) storyline that operates on its own inner logic. The lack of explanations or origins for the characters and events just give the film a dreamlike flow.

The characters and situations are memorably offbeat. The Christ character of this parable wears a zoot suit who lands in a western town from a parachute (love the occasional anachronisms). There's also a homosexual midget who keeps getting killed and than returning to life to describe his vision of Heaven ("I was swimming in a rainbow with millions of babies... and they was naked... and then all of the sudden I turned into a perfect smile!"). Not to mention a pre-"Mickey" Toni Basil as a topless dancer. I also appreciated seeing the underrated and talented Luana Anders. "Greaser's Palace" doesn't really have a lot of depth behind its allegory, but its quite entertaining for fans of surrealist dry humor. (7/10)


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