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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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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)
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Directed by
Robert Downey Sr. 
 
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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
 
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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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Jessy:If you feel, you heal.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Admittedly limited appeal, but fans of absurd "humor" will enjoy it, 8 July 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

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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