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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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According to Bruce Dern, who talked about the movie on The Projection Booth podcast in 2016, there were suppose to be 2500 extras in the film for the pageant scenes. Since it was really important that the same faces show up in the audience in every scene for consistency, the filmmakers came up with an idea to give away five Cadillacs each day of the three-day pageant shoot to five lucky extras. Each extra would get a ticket in the morning and by the end of the day they'd get to enter the Cadillac lottery. This not only made sure that the same people would return each day, but 7000 additional people showed up to play extras and try to win the cars. Since they didn't need that many extras, the filmmakers decided to charge the extras 25 dollars to let them be in the movie and play the Cadillac lottery. Dern concludes the anecdote by amusingly stating that this was the only time in his career that he saw a movie making money directly off the people who worked for the movie. 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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Andy DiCarlo: Doesn't anything ever get you down?
Big Bob Freelander: Yeah, I get my apple cart upset sometimes. I just learned a long time ago to accept a little less from life, that's all.
Big Bob Freelander: [continues] Want to know who taught me this great lesson in life? Elizabeth Taylor.
Andy DiCarlo: [looks incredulous] What?
Big Bob Freelander: I never bothered to tell you the story because I don't believe in negative stories, but, uh, one time I actually had a date with old Liz herself.
Andy DiCarlo: You're kidding.
Big Bob Freelander: Huh-uh. Do you remember when I went off to junior college in Los Angeles...
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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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Pageant Music
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Music by Daniel Orsborn
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Arrangement Will Schaefer
Conductor Bob Norman
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Biting satire at its finest
4 June 2000 | by (Flushing, New York) – See all my reviews

Santa Rosa, California, is the true star of this great satire. Barbara Feldon is magnificent as the hard-hearted pageant dominatrix. And Bruce Dern, is the true suburban everyman. Nicholas Pryor, Michael Kidd, and Geoffrey Lewis are all brilliant in their cynical supporting roles. But, the contestants steal the show -- especially Melanie Griffith, Joan Prather, Colleen Camp, Maria O'Brien, and Annette Toole.


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