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He's got the boogie on his fingers & the hubba-hubba in his soul!
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A parable based on the life of Christ. This ain't your father's Bible story, full of references about... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Robert Downey's savagely funny take on the passion and death of Christ is original and thought provoking. See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Albert Henderson ... Seaweedhead Greaser
Michael Sullivan ... Lamy 'Homo' Greaser

Luana Anders ... 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

Pablo Ferro ... Indian

Toni Basil ... Indian Girl
Stan Gottlieb ... Spitunia

Hervé Villechaize ... Mr. Spitunia
Don Smolen ... Gip
Joe Madden ... Man With Painting

Don Calfa ... Morris
Woody Chambliss ... Father

Allan Arbus ... Jessy
Elsie Downey ... The Woman
Rex King ... Turquoise Skies
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Antonio ... Vernon
Buddy Butler ... Judas

Robert Downey Jr. ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Downey Sr. 
 
Writing credits
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Robert Downey Sr. 

Produced by
Cyma Rubin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Powell 
 
Film Editing by
Bud S. Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
David Forman 
 
Makeup Department
Pat Dobie .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert J. Koster .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert J. Koster .... first assistant director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Sachs .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Other crew
Lucy Koster .... food caterer
 

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91 min | Argentina:91 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Anachronisms: 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 »
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Cholero Greaser:A man with holes in his hands gets a bigger applause than me and you talk of greatness?See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Robert Downey's savagely funny take on the passion and death of Christ is original and thought provoking., 22 June 1999
Author: Kate-84 from Philadelphia, PA

Jesus comes back to the old west as a 1930's song-and-dance man in a zoot suit and takes on local strongman Mr. Greaser, whose struggles with constipation are painful to witness. I love this film. It will never be selected as entertainment for anyone's church youth group, but its fresh take on Christianity make for a wild and very original ride.

Favorite moments: Lamey Homo protesting his dad, Mr. Greaser's, disciplinary methods, "I dreamed I was swimmin' in a rainbow and there was millions of babies and they was naked...Dad? I don't want to die any more." Dad's response: "Then behave yourself!" Sibling rivalry on the part of the Holy Ghost protesting God the Father's refusal to let him take on some of God the Son's perks (like being crucified): "You'll never know what I can do because you never give me a chance!" Jesus healing the paralyzed man, who is seen later in the film crying, "I can crawl again! I can crawl again!"

It took me a moment to identify which character was supposed to be Judas, until the woman settler, who goes through so many terrible disasters, began counting out thirty pieces of silverware.

It is somewhat disjointed, and definitely sacrilegious in spots, but those drawbacks are very minor. This is an original, savagely funny film.

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