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Director:
Writers:
Norman Steinberg (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
1 October 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Plastered Makes Perfect See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter O'Toole ... Alan Swann

Mark Linn-Baker ... Benjy Stone

Jessica Harper ... K.C. Downing

Joseph Bologna ... King Kaiser

Bill Macy ... Sy Benson

Lainie Kazan ... Belle Carroca

Anne De Salvo ... Alice Miller

Basil Hoffman ... Herb Lee
Lou Jacobi ... Uncle Morty
Adolph Green ... Leo Silver
Tony DiBenedetto ... Alfie Bumbacelli

George Wyner ... Myron Fein
Selma Diamond ... Lil

Cameron Mitchell ... Karl Rojeck
Jenny Neumann ... Connie

Corinne Bohrer ... Bonnie
George Marshall Ruge ... Lord Drummond / Featured Player
Amanda Horan Kennedy ... Lady Eleanor (as Barbara Horan)
John Welsh ... Cubby Brown / Featured Player
Richard Brestoff ... Stage Manager / Featured Player
Jed Mills ... Member #1 / Featured Player
Ted Grossman ... Harris / Featured Player

Teresa Ganzel ... Dumpling / Featured Player
Philip Bruns ... Fed. Marshal Holt / Featured Player (as Phil Bruns)

Archie Hahn ... Delivery Boy / Featured Player
Karen Haber ... Vivian / Featured Player
Priscilla Kovary ... Priscilla
Eleanor C. Heutschy ... Gossip Columnist (as Eleanor Heutschy)
Peter Eastman ... Maitre D'
Fox Harris ... Curt / Featured Player
Rieneke ... Andrea
Howard George ... Artie / Featured Player
Bob Windsor ... Alvin Horn / Featured Player

Gloria Stuart ... Mrs. Horn
Clyde McLeod ... Club Dancer
Harry Bill Roberts ... Orchestra Leader

Ramon Sison ... Rookie Carroca / Featured Player

Annette Robyns ... Sadie
Pearl Shear ... Mrs. Kessler
Stanley Brock ... Mr. Berkowitz
Martin Garner ... Mr. Cantor
John Medici ... Scalfoni
Robert G. Denison ... Stockbroker #1 / Featured Player
John Christy Ewing ... Stockbroker #2 / Featured Player
Vincent Sardi Jr. ... Policeman (as Vincent Sardi)

Cady McClain ... Tess (as Katie McClain)
Norman Steinberg ... Sandy
Richard Warwick ... Technical Director
Rex Benson ... Makeup Man

Denver Mattson ... Thug #1

George Fisher ... Thug #2
Bob Terhune ... Thug #3

Nick Dimitri ... Thug #4
Phil Adams ... Stagehand #1
Richard E. Butler ... Stagehand #2 (as Richard Butler)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vince Brocato ... Walla Walla (voice)

Lana Clarkson ... Girl in Old Gold Cigarette Pack (uncredited)

Ilana Rapp ... Neighborhood Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Benjamin 
 
Writing credits
Norman Steinberg (screenplay) and
Dennis Palumbo (screenplay)

Dennis Palumbo (story)

Produced by
Michael Gruskoff .... producer
Art Levinson .... associate producer
Mel Brooks .... executive producer (uncredited)
Joel Chernoff .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ralph Burns (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Hirschfeld (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Chew (edited by)
 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Donald J. Remacle  (as Don Remacle)
 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
 
Makeup Department
Ruby Ford .... hair stylist
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair stylist (as Carol O'Connell)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup (as Dan Striepeke)
 
Production Management
A. Kitman Ho .... unit production manager: New York
Art Levinson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... first assistant director
Duncan Henderson .... second assistant director (as Duncan S. Henderson)
Stephen Wertimer .... second assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Merle Eckert .... chief carpenter: New York
Arthur Gelb .... graphics designer
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator
Herbert F. Mulligan .... set decorator: New York (as Herb Mulligan)
Gregory Pickrell .... set designer
Michael J. Smith .... construction coordinator
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Kandy Stern .... set designer (as Kandy Berley Stern)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Duff Miller .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John H. Arrufat .... sound effects editor (as J.H. Arrufat)
David B. Cohn .... dialogue editor
Mia Goldman .... assistant sound editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Jerry Jost .... production sound mixer
Gregg Landaker .... rerecording mixer
Steve Maslow .... rerecording mixer
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer: New York (as Chris Newman)
Bill Varney .... rerecording mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor (uncredited)
Dan Yale .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Charles Schulthies .... special effects (as Charles R. Schulthies)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (as Matthew J. Yuricich)
 
Stunts
Norman Howell .... stunt player
Steve Lerner .... stunt player
John Moio .... stunt player
Victor Paul .... stunt coordinator
Charlie Picerni .... stunt player (as Charles Picerni)
John Romano .... stunt player
Philip Romano .... stunt player
Tony Santoro .... stunt player
James Winburn .... stunt player (as James B. Winburn)
Konrad Sheehan .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator: New York
Richard J. Edesa .... camera operator (as Richard Edesa)
Mike Ginsberg .... still photographer: New York
Len Hekel .... still photographer (as Leonard Hekel)
Marc Hirschfeld .... first assistant cameraman (as Marc D. Hirschfeld)
Adam Kimmel .... second assistant cameraman: New York
James McGrath .... key grip: New York
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... second assistant cameraman (as Donald Thorin Jr.)
Louis Tobin .... gaffer (as Lou Tobin)
Bob West .... key grip (as Robert G. West)
 
Casting Department
Ellen Chenoweth .... casting: Los Angeles
Lois Planco .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Mahagay .... wardrobe supervisor
Eric H. Sandberg .... costumer: men's
Dolores Zuniga .... costumer: women's
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Gregory B. Peña .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Dittmar .... color timer
Howard Heard .... assistant film editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
David Solomon .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor: La Da Productions
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carolyn Bauer .... assistant to Mr. Benjamin
Karen Day .... production auditor
W. Paul Henley .... location manager
Vic Heutschy .... publicist
Ingrid Johanson .... production coordinator: New York
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Debra Leventhal .... secretary to the producer
James McCabe .... location manager (as Jim McCabe)
Larry Rapaport .... location manager: New York
Jaimie Raskin .... production assistant
Willie E. Simmons Jr. .... production assistant (as Willie Simmons)
Juanita Smith .... assistant: to Mr. Steinberg
Armand Speca .... assistant to the producer
Jean Urban .... production secretary
Randy Auerbach .... assistant: Mr. Brooks (uncredited)
Randy Auerbach .... assistant: to Mr. Brooks (uncredited)
Sam Irvin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Dan Roth .... adr voice (uncredited)
Lucy Chase Williams .... secretary: Michael Gruskoff (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
92 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Benjy Stone is described as: Benjamin Steinberg; Ben Stoneberg; Ben Stoneberger.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first scene with Swann--in bed, as he banters with the airline stewardess--his pack of Old Gold cigarettes leaps from his chest to the bed.See more »
Quotes:
Swann:[waking up] What is the time?
girl in bed:I don't know. Don't you have a watch?
Swann:No. I'm not allowed to wear a watch.
girl in bed:Why not?
Swann:I don't trust them.
girl in bed:Why?
Swann:One hand is shorter than the other.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in First Works (1989) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Somebody Stole My GalSee more »

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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Plastered Makes Perfect, 15 May 2003
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

Really fun movie, with a tone and style all its own. It has the same zippy sitcom character of the set which is its main stage, and the comedic acting is often over the top. Yet it drives through some very subtle and deep ideas about what makes a celebrity tick, the price culture extracts from its most ballyhooed figures, and the scars divorce and drink can leave on those with the smoothest of surfaces.

The secret to this film's success is O'Toole, who gives up some of his most intimate and affecting moments on screen and intersperses them with ass-over-elbow feats of physical schtick that would make a Ritz Brother proud. What a shock we never saw much else from him after this tour de force. Richard Benjamin did go on to direct other films like "Shoot The Moon," but he never managed to get it all absolutely right the way he did here. It's so note-perfect, from the opening shot of midtown Manhattan 1954 with the cars, outfits, and bustle all coming together beneath the strains of Les Paul and Mary Ford's "How High The Moon" into a tight closeup of Benjy Stone carrying a cardboard cutout of his hero, Alan Swann, through an uncaring, jostling crowd.

I almost wish they could have made a sitcom featuring the King Kaiser crew, with of course Joseph Balogna, Bill Macy, Adolph Green and the rest all reprising their roles in a kind of "Remember WENN"-style show. O, what roads left untravelled. Balogna is so good, managing to carry off his Sid Caesar-inspired role with the same kind of aplomb that made the original Caesar early television's most dynamic and celebrated comedy performer. There's a nice scene early on where Stone sticks up for a prone Swann by telling Kaiser he can't fire the swashbuckler. "You're a big star now, and I'm sure you always will be," Benjy says. "But suppose, and I know it will never happen, you end up like this. I hope nobody does to you what you're doing to him." Of course Caesar did end up like this, strung out on substance-use problems that derailed his post-50s career, and knowing that gives the scene, both funny and tension-filled, a certain undertone of poignancy for those in the know.

Mark Linn-Baker could have taken it down a notch or two, and the Brooklyn idyll was to die for, and not in a good way. I'd like to know how the hell I'm supposed to lock lips with the woman of my dreams by stuffing my face with Chinese food and showing her old movies, but I don't think my repeated viewings have helped my love life much. It has given me many hours of pleasure though. This is one film that keeps on giving. With lines like "Plastered? So are some of the finest erections in Europe" "These must be his drinking socks" and "Tongue...Death," how can it do anything less?

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