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Pulp (1972)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  November 1972 (USA)
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A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta.

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Mickey King
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Preston Gilbert
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Ben Dinuccio
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Betty Cippola
Nadia Cassini ...
Liz
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The Englishman
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Miller
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Marcovic
Amerigo Tot ...
Partisan
Robert Sacchi ...
The Bogeyman (as Roberto Sacchi)
Giulio Donnini ...
Typing Pool Manager
Joe Zammit Cordina ...
The Beautiful Thing
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Clairvoyant
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ...
Office Manageress (as Maria Quasimodo)
Liù Bosisio ...
1st Typist (as Liu Bosisio)
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Storyline

Michael King is a seedy writer of sleazy pulp genre novels under a half dozen sensational pseudonyms whose ambition is to dictate 10,000 words per minute to stenographers a la Earle Stanley Gardner. He's recruited by the agent of Preston Gilbert, a quirky ex-Hollywood star currently living reclusively in exile in Malta, to help him write his biography. Despite being pursued by an enigmatic hit man, Gilbert has a large entourage of eccentrics and remains an inveterate practical joker. After Gilbert is eventually murdered by an apparent priest, King tries to stay alive himself while interacting with a variety of idiosyncratic characters including an ersatz princess, a henpecked clairvoyant, and a cross-dressing hit man. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Memoirs of a Ghostwriter  »

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The original title was "Memoirs of a Ghostwriter". See more »

Goofs

In his narration, Michael Caine claims that five people were in their graves, as a result of the proceedings of the movie, but there were actually six: Preston Gilbert; the singer at Preston's banquet; the accordionist at the banquet; the servant at the poolside shooting ("the projectionist," according to Nadia Cassini); the old Italian who directed Caine to the beach; and of course, Jack Miller. See more »

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Mickey King: [said about the clairvoyant] He had eyes like blood-shot oysters.
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All the credits are displayed as they were being written with a typewriter (the main character is a writer). See more »

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A nice easy going comedy.
1 November 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This starts of with quite a few good laughs some visual, some slapstick and a few situation based but gets a little more serious as it progresses.

The acting is good with Rooney as the slightly mad client being especially good and Caine is his usual self in the lead.

The one liners are delivered well and the occasional difference between what is narrated and what is acted out is amusing.

The plot is a little thin and when it gets serious it doesn't do it too well.

It's a watchable film with no bad bits and a few good ones but it's nothing special.


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