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Hammersmith Is Out (1972)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 12 May 1972 (USA)
The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Burton) offers the innocent orderly (... See full summary »

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Jimmie Jean Jackson
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Hammersmith
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Doctor
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Billy Breedlove
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General Sam Pembroke
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Dr. Krodt
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Guido Scartucci
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Henry Joe
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Princess
Lisa Jak ...
Kiddo
Linda Gaye Scott ...
Miss Quim
Mel Berger ...
Fat Man
Anthony Holland ...
Oldham
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Pete Rutter
Carl Donn ...
Cleopatra
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The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Burton) offers the innocent orderly (Bridges) vast riches if he'll help him escape. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The name of the medical book that the Doctor (Peter Ustinov) was seen reading was "Studies in Anal Retention". See more »

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Hammersmith: One of my earliest memories is of a woman... and a snake.
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Referenced in Andy Hamilton's Search for Satan (2011) See more »

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When Were Your Dreams Worth Remembering
Music by Dominic Frontiere
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"Let me out! I'll make you rich & strong!"
30 April 2006 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

"Hammersmith Is Out" (1972)a hilarious take on "Faust" has stayed with me all these years. I hadn't seen it in almost 50 years, but when it came out on DVD, I had to buy it!

This movie is a scream!

Why it's so rarely on TV, cable or otherwise, is beyond me. I've only seen it listed twice in 40 years. It's directed with decidedly politically incorrect tongue-in-cheek satirical panache by none other than Peter Ustinov, letting down his stiff British upper lip.

Richard Burton as Hammersmith was in full-blown "have fun living life with a nod, a wink and a fifth of Scotch" phase, this coming at the phase-out of the Swingin' Sixties and four years after the masterfully, purposefully over-the-top glory of his poet, Macphisto, in the cinematic wonder that is "Candy" (1968).

Through a manner I'll never explain (my lips are sealed), complete psycho Svengali Hammersmith is able to turn the absolute dumbest hayseed the world has ever known, Billy Breedlove (Beau Bridges, who's a riot) into the world's richest man.

Along the way, they pick up the dame, an almost equally dumb and hilarious Elizabeth Taylor, who is such a knockout that words defy description. Zonga!

One pretty good example of Ustinov's ribald, blue-collar Southern type of comedy this is, is demonstrated by the band playing onstage at a club the trio check out: it's an all-girl topless band called the Tits.

Let's hope some enterprising programmer digs this one out. The world must see "Hammersmith Is Out"!.


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