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Director:
Writers:
Nathanael West (novel)
Waldo Salt (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 August 1975 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
By train. By car. By bus. They came to Hollywood... In search of a dream. See more »
Plot:
An art director in the 1930's 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the most haunting films of all time See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Donald Sutherland ... Homer Simpson

Karen Black ... Faye Greener

Burgess Meredith ... Harry Greener

William Atherton ... Tod Hackett

Geraldine Page ... Big Sister

Richard Dysart ... Claude Estee

Bo Hopkins ... Earle Shoop

Pepe Serna ... Miguel
Lelia Goldoni ... Mary Dove

Billy Barty ... Abe Kusich

Jackie Earle Haley ... Adore (as Jackie Haley)
Gloria LeRoy ... Mrs. Loomis (as Gloria Le Roy)
Jane Hoffman ... Mrs. Odlesh

Norman Leavitt ... Mr. Odlesh (as Norm Leavitt)
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Johnson
Ina Gould ... Lee Sisters
Florence Lake ... Lee Sisters
Margaret Willey ... The Gingos
John War Eagle ... The Gingos

Natalie Schafer ... Audrey Jennings
Gloria Stroock ... Alice Estee

Nita Talbot ... Joan
Nicholas Cortland ... Projectionist
Alvin Childress ... Butler
Byron Paul ... Guest
Virginia Baker ... Guest
Roger Price ... Guest
Angela Greene ... Guest
Robert O. Ragland ... Guest
Abbey Greshler ... Guest
Ann Coleman ... Girl
Gyl Roland ... Girl

Paul Stewart ... Helverston

John Hillerman ... Ned Grote

William Castle ... Director (as William C. Castle)
Fred Scheiwiller ... 1st Asst. Director
Wally Rose ... 2nd Asst. Director

Grainger Hines ... French Lt.
DeForest Covan ... Shoe Shine Boy (as De Forest Covan)
Michael Quinn ... Major Domo

Robert Pine ... Apprentice
Jerry Fogel ... Apprentice

Dennis Dugan ... Apprentice

David Ladd ... Apprentice

Bob Holt ... Tour Guide
Paul Jabara ... Nightclub Entertainer
Queenie Smith ... Palsied Lady
Margaret Jenkins ... Choral Director
Jonathan Kidd ... Undertaker
Kenny Solms ... Boy in Chapel
Wally K. Berns ... Theatre Manager (as Wally Berns)
Bill Baldwin ... Announcer at Premiere
Dick Powell Jr. ... Dick Powell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Jon Carlson ... Actor (uncredited)
Brent Dunsford ... Fan (uncredited)
Arlene Harris ... Aging bar customer (uncredited)
Vince Trankina ... Looter (uncredited)

Directed by
John Schlesinger 
 
Writing credits
Nathanael West (novel)

Waldo Salt (screenplay)

Produced by
Jerome Hellman .... producer
Sheldon Schrager .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall  (as Conrad Hall)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald 
 
Art Direction by
John J. Lloyd  (as John Lloyd)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins  (as George Hopkins)
Rick Simpson (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Lynn Del .... hair stylist
Graham Meech-Burkestone .... hair stylist (as Graham M. Birkstone)
Pascal .... hair stylist
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist (as Marlene Williams)
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sheldon Schrager .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arne Schmidt .... second assistant director (as Arnie Schmidt)
Barry Stern .... second assistant director
Charles Ziarko .... second assistant director
Tim Zinnemann .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Allan Gordon .... property master
Adam John Backauskas .... property maker (uncredited)
Gary Fettis .... carpenter (uncredited)
L. David Gordon .... draper (uncredited)
Carl Hansen .... leadman (uncredited)
Roger Irvin .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Robert Krume .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Johnny Lattanzio .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
James F. McGuire .... set designer (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Dean Edward Mitzner .... set designer (uncredited)
Gary Myers .... set designer (uncredited)
Ernie Sawyers .... assistant props (uncredited)
Rick Simpson .... leadman (uncredited)
Bill Sully .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sig Tingloff .... set designer (uncredited)
J. Dennis Washington .... set designer (uncredited)
Ward Welton .... paint foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Campling .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound mixer
Dennis Johns .... sound assistant
Tom Overton .... sound recordist (as Tommy Overton)
Tennyson .... sound assistant
 
Special Effects by
Tim Smyth .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunt coordinator
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
James M. Halty .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Edesa .... assistant camera
Dave Friedman .... unit still photographer (as David Friedman)
Daniel R. Jordan .... key grip (as Danny Jordan)
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator (as Tom Laughridge)
Rick Martens .... gaffer (as Richard Martens)
Danny Marzolo .... best boy
Ronald Vidor .... assistant camera (as Ron Vidor)
Thomas Del Ruth .... camera operator (uncredited)
Don Farnsworth .... second grip (uncredited)
Robert Jason .... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Moore .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dianne Crittenden .... additional casting (as Diane Crittenden)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert De Mora .... wardrobe (as Robert de Mora)
G. Tony Scarano .... wardrobe (as Tony Scarano)
Patrick Cummings .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Alan Hoffman .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Carol Lunsford .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Donna Roberts .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Bill Slattery .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Don Vargas .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Beckwith .... assistant editor
Christopher Greenbury .... assistant editor
Mary Kessel .... assistant editor
Barry McCormick .... assistant editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Alan L. Shefland .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Robert O. Ragland .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Baken .... driver (uncredited)
John Brumby .... driver (uncredited)
Jerry Cipperly .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Alan Falco .... driver (uncredited)
Bill Gray .... driver (uncredited)
Ed Heboian .... driver (uncredited)
Ben Reade .... driver (uncredited)
Jean Spray .... driver (uncredited)
James Thornsberry .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Dennis Yank .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marge Champion .... dance supervisor
Michael Childers .... production associate
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Michael Maslansky .... unit publicist
Dan Perri .... title designer
Ronald Shedlo .... presenter
Bruce Weintraub .... production assistant
Harry Winer .... observer: AFI
Noreen Beasley .... assistant: Dan Perri (uncredited)
Sam Bernstein .... controller (uncredited)
Melissa Clark .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Charles W. Geiger .... location manager (uncredited)
Joanie Laine .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Ruben Martinez .... craft service (uncredited)
Jane Raglan .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Barbara Spitz .... production secretary (uncredited)
Joanne W. Strangman .... teacher (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
144 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The name of the artwork painted by aspiring production designer Tod Hackett (William Atherton) was "The Burning of Los Angeles".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: At the premiere of The Buccaneer (1938), 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. Alrighty. I hope you'll be very happy here.
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Movie Connections:
References Nanook of the North (1922)See more »
Soundtrack:
SING YOU SINNERSSee more »

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67 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
One of the most haunting films of all time, 23 July 2004
Author: JonB-2 from Los Angeles, CA

I don't quite understand the comments from the viewers who found this film boring. I've been lucky enough to see it on the big screen several times at revival houses, and each time I was blown away. Day of the Locust is a dark, compelling, amusing, bitter epic that's really more about America itself as filtered through the lens of Hollywood at its first creative height, in the 1930s.

What makes the movie, beyond the writing and direction, is its cast, and many of the supporting actors here create indelible characters. Why Karen Black didn't remain a superstar after this decade is a mystery, especially after this film -- in which she proves that she could act the hell out of a role. And how can you not like a film in which Billy Barty plays a foul-mouthed alcoholic (the first character we meet in the book), Burgess Meredith is a hapless door-to-door salesman, Natalie "Lovey" Shafer is the madam of a high-class whorehouse in San Bernardino, and Donald Sutherland is the repressed Homer ("No Relation") Simpson, an accountant who's so alienated from his own feelings that he's reduced to howling in despair in his own garden. And, in fact, Sutherland's character is involved in one of the film's most harrowing moments, which features a young Jackie Earle Haley as a promising child star of indeterminate gender but infinite obnoxiousness.

Anyway, if you have a chance to catch this film on the big screen, by all means do so, and be sure to add the DVD to your collection -- although, since we're coming up on the 30th anniversary, it's just possible that Paramount Home Video might decide to give it the deluxe treatment it deserves. Frankenheimer, et al, manage to take a brilliant novella by Nathaniel West and turn it into an amazing piece of cinema that will stick with you long after the lights go up. And, as an added bonus, you can just enjoy it as a great story, or delve deeply into the symbolism. This is the kind of film that works both ways, and one that you cannot miss if you consider yourself any kind of film fan at all, at all.

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