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Smile (1975)

PG | | Comedy | 28 March 1977 (Poland)
It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful ... See full summary »

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Little Bob
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Titos Vandis ...
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It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful pageant. But Brenda is having marital difficulties and Bob's son is up to some mischief. Could this year's pageant be in jeopardy? Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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This is Annette O'Toole's first theatrical feature film. See more »

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When Robin is playing the flute, she takes a breath while the flute sound continues. See more »

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Ted Farley: [watching the Young Miss contestants perform a big dance number on stage] You know something? You did a hell of a job.
Tommy French: [cynically] I took a bunch of nice high-school kids, and turned them into Vegas showgirls.
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Because Mara Finerty's most noticeable scene in the movie shows her saying, "Rotting maggots of death, crawling out of the skull of war," she is listed in the closing credits as "Maggots Girl." See more »

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References Laugh-In (1967) See more »

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Concerto #2 for Flute in D Major
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Excerpt from Movement 2 Adagio non troppo recorded by flutist and Young Amercan Miss Janette Butler for use with Joan Prather's performance. Miss Butler also provided basic flute instruction to Joan Prather.
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When satire was good
11 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director Michael Ritchie made two films in the seventies that nailed the suburban existence, not just of Southern California, but of America right on the head.

While Bad News Bears was a deserved box office hit, the under-recognized Smile is the better movie...and that's saying a lot as I adore them both. Having seen the recently released Thank You For Smoking and its lame attempt at broad satire it made me reflect about what made Smile so great. Ritchie genuinely cares for his characters, making them sympathetic instead of one dimensional cardboard cut-outs which would have been very easy to do. The many characters Ritchie focuses on are human, with all the foibles that entails, so while it may be easy to laugh at the beauty pageant contestants and their problems, you do it with a touch of guilt because they are so earnest in their attempt to win respect from not only the judges, but the choreographer (Michael Kidd), the den mother (Barbara Feldon), and ultimately themselves.

To mock them is to mock yourself for rooting for your favorite girl at the film's conclusion which fittingly, as it turns out, doesn't matter anyway.

Now that's good satire.

A truly under appreciated gem.


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