Greaser's Palace (1972)

TV-MA  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  31 July 1972 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Henderson ...
Seaweedhead Greaser
Michael Sullivan ...
Lamy 'Homo' Greaser
George Morgan ...
Coo Coo
Ronald Nealy ...
Card Man / Ghost
Larry Moyer ...
Captain Good
John Paul Hudson ...
Jackson S. Haynes ...
Rope Man
Lawrence Wolf ...
French Padre (as Larry Wolf)
Alex Hitchcock ...
Indian Girl
Stan Gottlieb ...
Mr. Spitunia
Don Smolen ...


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 <>

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


Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

31 July 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Palac Greasera  »

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Seaweedhead Greaser: [to Lamy] You're not a homo, you're a Greaser!
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Turquoise Skies
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey)
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downey's best - think brautigan on film
17 December 2002 | by (Lancaster PA) – See all my reviews

I'm sure there's no such thing as a perfect robert downey movie, but some are better than others; some Downey movies are even better than other movies, generally speaking - and for its best sequences & acting, this obscure, lysergic cinematic parable, rates as one of the most memorable & thought-provoking films I've ever discovered. Downey is super-Altman; the Christian satire is simultaneously Neitzschean & Brautiganesque - Allan Arbus is excellent.

Downsides to the movie are several, & typical of this filmmaker - easily a third of the movie is incoherent boring & gratuitous - Downey's self-referential homages to family & friends are typical of independent filmmakers; Downey has literally taken this type of nepotism to the level of art, but it never succeeds, in any of his movies. Yet none of his other films achieve the kind of profundity this one at least occasionally does. & in spite of its excesses & shortcomings, the film brims with political & poetic energy & ideas. Quite probably this is the work of a director who thinks the raggedness & incoherence & navel-gazing are all enhancements, or at least necessary to The Experience (etc., etc.). Bow-tied think-tankers might remain unmoved by the delicate insights of Downey. But I'd have to go so far as to say Greaser's Palace stands as a far more compelling & visceral evocation of the drug dazed visionary daydreaming that preoccupied so many well-endowed minds in the sixties & very early seventies than do, e.g., Nicholson's 'Head' or Hopper's 'Last Picture Show'. Downey, Arbus & Co. at least have much more brain to fry.

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