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Oklahoma Crude (1973)

In 1913, in Oklahoma, oil derrick owner Lena Doyle, aided by her father and a hobo, is stubbornly drilling for oil despite the pressure from major oil companies to sell her land.

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Lena
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Hellman
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Marion
Harvey Jason ...
Wilcox
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It's oil boom time in Oklahoma and Lena Doyle, a hard-bitten, cyncial feminist has a fight on her hands: the big oil companies don't like the fact that she's working a potentially profitable wildcat rig. Reluctantly, Lena must accept the aid of her estranged father Cleon, and Mason, the man he hires to help. The three form an unlikely team: Lena hates men, Mason is out for himself, and Lena's father is trying to make up for a lifetime of neglecting his daughter. But together they take on the big guys and put up a terrific fight. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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An epic story of wooden derricks, iron men...and a defiant woman. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Western

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24 August 1973 (Denmark)  »

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Het zwarte goud van Oklahoma  »

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Glenda Jackson was first announced for the Faye Dunaway part. See more »

Quotes

Mason: [holding a shotgun under Hellman's jaw and pissing down Hellman's leg] Businessmen do this to each other all the time.
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Referenced in Times Square (1980) See more »

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Send a Little Love My Way
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Hal David
Sung by Anne Murray
[Played over the opening titles, opening credits and end credits. It is also played as background music when Mase is trying to sleep in his leaky tent during the rainstorm.]
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So-So
5 February 2006 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Dismissed by critics as one of Stanley Kramer's later flops, OKLAHOMA CRUDE is not bad. It does, however, suffer from an identity crisis. Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Is it a western? It's not really any of those. Nor, thankfully, is it one of Kramer's social issue epics. Faye Dunaway gives it her all as a demented wild-catter trying to get oil from a lone well while keeping the big time oil companies off her land. She's helped out by her ne'er do well father John Mills and a hapless drifter played by George C. Scott. Scott and Dunaway have great chemistry and Kramer wisely downplays any love story. However, although they make a scrappy team, they're not particularly likable. In fact, none of the characters in this film is very pleasant, therefore there's nobody to really root for.

Kramer, like his contemporaries Billy Wilder and Otto Preminger, seemed to have lost his way by the 1970s. OKLAHOMA CRUDE doesn't click as comedy or drama. The actors are poorly directed: Dunaway is completely humorless, while Scott plays his part as if he's in a broad farce. Jack Palance, as the villain, appears to be spoofing his own clenched jaw persona.


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