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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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Cast

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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
Marjorie Eaton ...
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 beast is loose from his cage! The rivers will run with blood!" See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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12 May 1972 (USA)  »

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A Engrenagem  »

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There appears to be no truth in the rumor that spread in the 1980s to the effect that Richard Burton had so disliked this flop that he had bought up the negative and had it destroyed so that no-one would ever see it again. However, it is a very hard film to see, despite its stars. 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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Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Sally Stevens
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Unfortunately Mr.'Hammersmith' is out to lunch
3 November 2003 | by (vista, california) – See all my reviews

Certainly with a cast of this caliber, you expect much, much more. Maybe the problem is with the uninspired directing, awkward screenplay, thin story line and some very choppy editing. Maybe all the money was spent on the stars' salaries giving it a low, low production budget feel. Maybe Burton and Taylor should have quit acting together after 'Virginia Woolf.' But something sure went wrong with this project.

The cassette version I watched recently was just under 102 minutes of running time, but the cassette itself was labeled 108 minutes. Makes you wonder what was left out. I saw this film when it originally played in 1972 and could see no differences between that version and the cassette. So who knows what went on here. Maybe it was just meant to be a quickie, 'What the hell. Let's make it anyway.' turkey.


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