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The Thorn (1971)

R | | Comedy | 1971 (USA)


(as Peter Alexander)


(as Peter Alexander)


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At the beginning of the film the pregnant virgin Mary is reading the 1965 book "Going Steady with God" by Anna B. Mow. See more »


Spoofs ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961) See more »


The Divine Mr.J
by Carey Welsch
Performed by Chuck Brucato
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Bad Movie, Good Fun
26 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're hoping for typical Bette, 'The Thorn' is not going to please you.

But if you're looking for something really lightweight, perhaps something to make you laugh your buns off after a few glasses of wine or a few beers, then you'll probably enjoy this flick.

Production values are 'lowish,' and it was clearly shot in a hurry with a small budget using cheap cameras and film stock. The sound is so bad that you'll probably want to turn off your theater system and just use the tiny speakers in your monitor.

But as far as fun goes, this flick is great - totally unassuming, with a lot of dark humor and wit.

It's ''a cross'' between a real Bette Midler film and Monty Python. The phrase ''it's a cross'' is a recurring theme, used to explain any and all biblical calamities, inconsistencies, et cetera.

As a closing note, ''The Thorn'' is not found on Bette's official site. It's early work, and I'm sure she would just as soon forget it ever happened. But she shines in it - her real 'devil-may-care' attitude is evident.

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