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Bulba (1981)

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Cast overview:
Barbara Thatcher
Miles Chapin ...
Jackson Conway
Jeff Altman ...
Gary Holmes
Charles Medwick
Joanne Jacobson ...
Holly Compton
Roger Bowen ...
The U.S. Ambassador
V. Ogelthorpe
Cpl. Phil Repulski
H. Choi-oh Kavee
Hampton Fraser
James Frawley ...


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Low-rent comedy pilot with a stellar cast given a middling script
12 January 2015 | by (Somewher in So-Cal.) – See all my reviews

"Bulba" is a foreign-policy satire revolving around the staff of an American embassy on the title place, a fictional nose-shaped island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. This failed pilot was leaked to YouTube mainly because cult comedian Bill Hicks played the embassy guard, a Corporal Repulski (USMC), and Hicks uses the "Hicks, Sr." voice he used when doing impressions of his father in his stand-up act. The show also features Gailard Sartain doing a French variation of Sydney Greenstreet's character in "Casablanca" while openly saying he is a spy; he also plays the pseudo-Hindu-sounding Prime Minister wearing a pith helmet(!) On top of that we get Jeff Altman right after the fiasco of the "Pink Lady and Jeff", portraying an early Yuppie/Preppie type. Armin Schimerman (Quark on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") is also there as a teletype operator who is a bookie on the side. Possibly with a better plot and more development of certain characters, this could have been a one or two-season was certainly cheap enough to make, being shot in some of the nicer bits of Los Angeles and on a sound stage. I personally think what sank "Bulba" was the name of the show.

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