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Shampoo (1975)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 13 March 1975 (USA)
Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968.

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Mr. Pettis
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Gloria
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Mike Olton ...
Ricci
Richard E. Kalk ...
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Thirty-something George Roundy is a Beverly Hills hairdresser, who spends as much time sleeping with his female clients as he does doing their hair. Whether they want to admit it, all the women in his life are on the most part aware that they are are not the only one with whom he is sleeping. And some, such as the wealthy and married Felicia Karpf, have a stronger emotional dependence on George than they would like to admit. George's current girlfriend is Jill, an up and coming actress. Jill's best friend is Jackie Shawn, one of George's old girlfriends who left him because he couldn't make a true commitment to her. In turn, Jackie is currently having an affair with Lester Karpf, Felicia's wealthy businessman husband. George is unhappy working at a salon owned by Norman, with whom he is constantly butting heads. In his first act of wanting finally to be a grown up, George wants to open his own salon, but doesn't have the financial resources to do it, and no bank will lend him money ... Written by Huggo

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Your hairdresser does it better... See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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13 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Holivudski frizer  »

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$49,407,734 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Towne wrote (and continually rewrote) the screenplay for this film eight years before it was finally produced, See more »

Goofs

After George cuts Jackie's hair, her formerly streaked tresses are all a uniform blonde tint although he has not colored her hair. See more »

Quotes

[explaining to Lester why he had sex with his wife, mistress and daughter]
George Roundy: Face it, they know we're always trying to nail 'em and they don't like it. They like it and they don't like, it's got nothing to do with you Lester. It just happened.
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Crazy Credits

In opening credits, horror film producer/actor William Castle is billed as "Bill Castle," but in end credits is back to "William Castle." See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Born Free
(1966) (uncredited)
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung a cappella by Jack Warden
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Fun 60s lifestyles with social criticism thrown in
25 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hal Ashby always leavened his comedic films (Harold and Maude, Being There, Last Detail) with sharp social commentary and observation, and "Shampoo" is no different. Taking place on the eve and day of the 1968 Presidential Election, it's as concerned with the "free love" hedonism as it is with the profound and dark social changes that had taken place by 1975 (the year "Shampoo" was produced).

Beatty has never been more charming - or revealing as emptily vain as anyone so "successful" with women can become, and the film switches between surprisingly adult material even for now with a concern for mid-life crises, cultural politics, and ultimately, a cynical view of how the free-wheeling 60s counterculture didn't take themselves seriously enough. Robert Towne's influence in the script is clearly evident.

Already "dated" when it came out, it's a great snapshot of the times, its concerns and issues, and is relevant today.


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