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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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Lester
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Mary
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Devra
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

Coca-Cola can George drinks from while chatting with Lorna is a post 1968 design. See more »

Quotes

George Roundy: What the hell I'm a gonna tell you about what they got against you. Christ, they're women aren't they? You ever listen to women talk, man? Do you? 'Cause I do, till it's running outta my ears! I mean I'm on my feet all day long listening to women talk and they only talk about one thing: how some guy fucked 'em over, that's all that's on their minds, that's all I ever hear about! Don't you know that?
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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 Less Than Perfect: Shampoo (2003) See more »

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Yesterday
(1965) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Background music at the restaurant
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The Hairdresser Undresses The Customer
6 August 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Shampoo' is quite an interesting period black comedy set in the late 60s during the sex revolution. In one sentence, it's about a Casanova hairdresser who sleeps around with every woman he meets but there is one whom he loves and she happens to be the mistress of a not-to-mess-with businessman. Ashby does a splendid job in bringing out the 60's look but it is Towne and Beatty who bring the feel especially through the dialogues and use of language. Not to mention, the make-up department that does an equally fine job. The humour is somewhat different from other films and traditional viewers may find the jokes somewhat vulgar but that doesn't bother me as long as they manage to draw chuckles and at least make me smile. The actors, that include a vivacious supercute Goldie Hawn, a sizzling Julie Christie, a hilarious Jack Warden, a fiery Lee Grant and a very young Carrie Fisher. But, it is Warren Beaty's film. He demonstrates George's wildness, passion, vulnerability and despair with effective skill. In my humble opinion it is one of his best works, both as actor and writer. I don't understand why people call it outdated. It is set in an older time and if the humour still works, why is it obsolete? I got the movie randomly and now I'm glad that I picked this one.


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