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Trapeze, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success, The Boston Strangler, Some Like It Hot. Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Jules Audry ... Himself

Jim Backus ... Pat Quaid (archive footage)

Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Guillaume Cabaret ... Teenager on bike

Marian Collier ... Herself

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Herself
Jill Vandenberg Curtis ... Herself

Tony Curtis ... Himself
Jessica Errero ... Teenager in Tony Curtis T-shirt
David Gasman ... Narrator
Jonathan Gilmore ... Himself

Hugh M. Hefner ... Himself

Howard Hughes ... Himself (archive footage)
Allan Hunter ... Himself

Christine Kaufmann ... Herself

Sally Kellerman ... Herself

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)

Piper Laurie ... Herself

Janet Leigh ... Herself (archive footage)

Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage)

Roger Moore ... Himself

Pola Negri ... Herself (archive footage)
Thomas Olland ... Teenager on bike

Nehemiah Persoff ... Himself

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)
Gamil Ratib ... Himself

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself
Maximillian Roeg ... Narrator

Nicolas Roeg ... Himself

Theresa Russell ... Herself

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself
Howard Suber ... Himself

Jeremy Thomas ... Himself

Rudolph Valentino ... Himself (archive footage)

Mamie Van Doren ... Herself
Sally Vandenberg ... Herself
Glenn Wilson ... Himself

Directed by
Ian Ayres 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ian Ayres 

Produced by
Eric Ellena .... producer
Original Music by
Jérôme Rossi 
Eric Simon 
Mathieu Uettwiller 
Cinematography by
Eric Ellena 
Jean-Thomas Renaud 
Sound Department
Gérald Ladoul .... sound engineer
Other crew
Jim Le .... production assistant
Donald Roy Biggers .... special thanks

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Why cut up documentaries?, 23 January 2014
Author: punishmentpark from Netherlands

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I'm not a big fan of Tony Curtis, although I may not be in the position to judge for I have not seen much of his work. His role in 'Sweet Smell of Success' is undeniably very well done and intriguing, but his part in 'The Boston Strangler' isn't convincing all the time. Then I've seen him in 'The Great Race', and there, I didn't find him funny at all... If this documentary hadn't been aired via a Dutch public network, I would have probably never come across it.

Still, to learn about how Curtis started out in New York and how he persisted in his career is still interesting enough. None of it seems to be digging very deep; it's a life story told with a pretty fast pace. The problem may have been that this Dutch public network notoriously cuts any documentary from the usual 90 minutes back to a small hour. So I will be merciful:

6 out of 10.

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