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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 »

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Daniel Petrie

Writers:

Millard Lampell, Ugo Liberatore (story)
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Cast

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Anka was originally set to play the lead. See more »

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

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The Party
Composed and Conducted by John Dankworth
Performed by The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra
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The Idol is not James Dean by half....
23 July 2006 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

Michael Parks, like his counterpart Christopher Jones, is no James Dean. Dean had more depth, and underneath his alienation and rebelliousness were a profound vulnerability and a need for approval. Parks' character Marco has none of these redeeming attributes and merely acts as a cold, selfish vehicle of contempt for authority and traditional values, an all too common theme of 60's films. There was also a great flowering of discovery and a burning desire to improve or expand stultified paradigms... There isn't a lot of motivation for Marco's antisocial behavior...other than a deep-seated hatred of women which is insufficiently explained. Though the camera dwells lovingly on his interesting features in close-ups, it leaves a void where there should be some feeling for the character. He purposely destroys all his relationships without cause or merely out of resentment of the overbearing maternal control of his friend Timothy (sympathetically played by John Leyton). His callous seduction of Timothy's dignified but vulnerable mother (Jennifer Jones) is out of all proportion to his fancied slights and particularly nasty after her befriending him despite her initial dislike. It's hard to generate any care for this empty idol, who's ultimate self-destructive acts do even more damage to those who survive him.


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