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Pulp (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 3 May 1973 (Sweden)
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
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Liz
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The Englishman
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Miller
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Marcovic
Amerigo Tot ...
Partisan
Robert Sacchi ...
The Bogeyman (as Roberto Sacchi)
Giulio Donnini ...
Typing Pool Manager
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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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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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Write it. Live it. But try not to be it. See more »


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Memoirs of a Ghostwriter  »

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Mike Hodges always wanted Mickey Rooney for the role of Preston Gilbert, but did also consider Elisha Cook Jr. for the part for a time until Rooney committed to the film. See more »

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When Mickey Rooney is singing Italian songs with a band at an outside banquet, the band calls out for "Sorrento...Torn'a Sorrento." Rooney accedes --- "OK, let's go back to Sorrento," whereupon the band and he break into a rendition of "Santa Lucia" instead !. See more »

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Mickey King: [said about the clairvoyant] He had eyes like blood-shot oysters.
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References Boys Town (1938) See more »

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Santa Lucia
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Music by Teodoro Cottrau
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Caine puts on a clinic
9 April 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

For many IMDb members, the 70s may just as well be the 1870s, the disconnect is so large.

Comedy? No it isn't.

It was a 70s movie with hints of satire but not a comedy. There are no punchlines. There are no pauses for laughs.

Caine at his peak shows how pleasant surroundings and a tight voice-over can engage the audience to a degree we seldom see today.

This is pure entertainment. Ferris Bueller eat your heart out.

One lead actor (Caine) one supporting actor (Rooney) and a bunch of people you never heard of.

And it works.


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