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The Day of the Locust (1975)

An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Big Sister
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Claude Estee
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Earle Shoop
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Miguel
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Mary Dove
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Abe Kusich
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Adore (as Jackie Haley)
Gloria LeRoy ...
Mrs. Loomis (as Gloria Le Roy)
Jane Hoffman ...
Mrs. Odlesh
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Mr. Odlesh (as Norm Leavitt)
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Mrs. Johnson
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Storyline

Life's flotsam and jetsam turn up at late 1930's Hollywoodland's door, once more, in this insightful tale of wannabes and desperadoes. Tod Hackett, artist, has inspirations to become noticed until he meets Faye Greener, blonde bombshell, and is immediately smitten. She has other ideas. She has Homer Simpson, victim, in her sights and cruelty and loneliness takes new meaning as all three are slowly sucked into the Hollywood system of sycophants, diggers and parasites, sucking the life from others as the life, and soul, is slowly sucked from them. Written by Cinema_Fan

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It happened in Hollywood. But it could have happened in hell. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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8 August 1975 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Como plaga de langosta  »

Box Office

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$17,793,000 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of Donald Sutherland's character is "Homer Simpson" which is also a lead character name in The Simpsons (1989) and its spin-offs. Apparently, the naming is purely a coincidence, as the cartoon character was named after real people that cartoonist Matt Groening knew. As a gag, Donald Sutherland voiced a guest character in The Simpsons: Lisa the Iconoclast (1996) who meets the more famous Homer Simpson. See more »

Goofs

At the premiere of The Buccaneer, the announcer calls special attention to Anthony Quinn's bit part. In 1938, Quinn was a little-known 23-year-old at the start of his career, and his presence in that film would only be of widespread interest looking back a few decades later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Odlesh: It isn't as splashy as some other places, but we pride ourselves on being a little classier.
Tod Hackett: [referring to a large crack in the plaster wall] Hmmm, the crack's real.
Mrs. Odlesh: Oh yes. We call this our earthquake cottage. Mrs. Porter had occupancy then. During the big one in '33. Property damage ran into the millions.
Tod Hackett: Will you fix it if I stayed for a while?
Mrs. Odlesh: Oh no! No! This is our showplace. Mrs. Porter wouldn't let us touch that wall. She worked that sampler herself to cover over the hole. ...
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Connections

References I'm No Angel (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

HOT VOODOO
Lyrics by Leo Robin and Sam Coslow
Music by Ralph Rainger
Sung by Paul Jabara
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A truly terrifying look at Hollywood
19 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Day of the Locust takes place in one of the most bizarre settings to have ever existed in the real world. Hollywood in the 1930s was a place of grand illusions, with an incredible power to change people's lives for the better, or for the worse. The relics of that time are, for the most part, the films that were churned out on sound stages, generally very wholesome and carefree. The reality of what went on offstage is largely a mystery, although it is safe to assume it wasn't all glamor and good times. The Day of the Locust is dark historical fiction, and is utterly fascinating. It is a journey through Hollywood's golden age, guided by someone who comes to Hollywood a typical dream seeker, who finds himself helpless under the pressure of the industry and the misleading tactics of those who rule the screen. The characters that come in and out of his life are caricatures of the aspiring actresses, child stars, and crew members that help make Hollywood truly troubled and deeply strange.


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