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Bulba (1981)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  1981 (USA)
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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 show....it 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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