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The Idol (1966)

Marco, a young, arrogant art student, is friendly with Timothy, a medical student, and Sarah, his girl friend. Timothy is dominated by his beautiful mother, Carol, who is divorcing her ... See full summary »

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writers:

Millard Lampell, Ugo Liberatore (story)
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Credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... Carol
Michael Parks ... Marco
John Leyton ... Timothy
Jennifer Hilary ... Sarah
Guy Doleman ... Martin Livesey
Natasha Pyne Natasha Pyne ... Rosalind
Jack Watson ... Police Inspector
Jeremy Bulloch ... Lewis
Gordon Gostelow Gordon Gostelow ... Simon
Priscilla Morgan ... Rosie
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Mrs. Muller
Fanny Carby Fanny Carby ... Barmaid
Renee Houston ... 1st Woman at Party
Caroline Blakiston ... 2nd Woman at Party
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Barker Ken Barker ... Policeman (as Ken Haward)
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Marco, a young, arrogant art student, is friendly with Timothy, a medical student, and Sarah, his girl friend. Timothy is dominated by his beautiful mother, Carol, who is divorcing her husband. Marco finds a studio apartment, and Timothy pays the first 2 months' rent, planning to move in with his friend. Carol prevents the move, and Sarah, who has fallen in love with Marco, moves in instead. During a party at her weekend cottage, Carol becomes furious when she finds Marco and Sarah making love in Timothy's room, and she orders Marco from the house. Later, Marco seduces Carol and then scornfully leaves for the party. He arrives drunk, accompanied by a streetwalker, and tells Sarah how he took Carol to bed. Written by alfiehitchie

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The act of love does not make this a love story...the act of worship does not make him the idol.

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Trivia

Joan Crawford was announced for this on May 1963. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001) See more »

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The Seducer
Composed and Conducted by John Dankworth
Performed by The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra
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Jennifer Jones
5 November 2011 | by williwawSee all my reviews

Academy Award Winner Jennifer Jones replaced the great Kim Stanley in this British made film. Jennifer Jones husband David Selznick who both created Jennifer Jones as a world famed star and controlled Ms. Jones' career to just about an Obsession had just died and Jennifer Jones per reports took this film on sudden notice. Michael Parks in interviews noted that He- Mr. Parks-suggested Jennifer Jones to replace Kim Stanley, and I am glad Joe Levine listened to Michael Parks! Jennifer Jones is fine as always in this movie filmed in brisk black and white. (How those films today seem so special!).

Daniel Petrie who had previously directed another great female star Susan Hayward in the fine 'Stolen Hours' (aka Summer Flight)- also set in Britain- directs Jennifer Jones here, and displays a fine hand.

Jennifer Jones is so good in this film and looking typically stylish one wonders why Jennifer Jones did not work more given her great talent, glamor, beauty, and fame. 'The Idol' did not get the typical for the time Joseph E Levine super charged PR campaign and the film was quickly released to fair reviews. It was really the end of Jennifer's standing as a superstar. What would follow would be the dreadful 'Angel Angel Down We Go', and her cameo in the all star 'Towering Inferno'.

Jennifer Jones did try and get both "Terms of Endarment" ( Shirley MacLaine, and The Jean Harris Story ( Ellen Byrstn) but failed. Jennifer Jones would retire.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Falso ídolo See more »

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Embassy Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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