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The Oscar (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 8 July 1966 (UK)
Snotty Hollywood actor becomes even more full of himself after he's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Director:

Russell Rouse

Writers:

Richard Sale (novel), Harlan Ellison (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Boyd ... Frank Fane
Elke Sommer ... Kay Bergdahl
Milton Berle ... Kappy Kapstetter
Eleanor Parker ... Sophie Cantaro
Joseph Cotten ... Kenneth Regan
Jill St. John ... Laurel Scott
Tony Bennett ... Hymie Kelly
Edie Adams ... Trina Yale
Ernest Borgnine ... Barney Yale
Ed Begley ... Grobard
Walter Brennan ... Orrin C. Quentin
Broderick Crawford ... Sheriff
James Dunn ... Network Executive
Edith Head ... Edith Head
Hedda Hopper ... Hedda Hopper
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Storyline

Frankie Fane has clawed his way to the top of the Hollywood heap. Now, as he's preparing to win his Oscar, his friend Hymie Kelly reminisces over their life together, and Frankie's ruthless struggle to the top and the people he's stepped on (i.e., everyone else in the movie) to make it there. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The dreamers and the schemers...the hustlers and the hopefuls...the free-loaders and the phonies...the fakers and the famous...all fighting for the highest possible award! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 July 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El Óscar See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Cited as the perfect Good Bad Movie by John Wilson, who founded the Razzie Awards for the worst in film in 1981. Wilson noted in 2017 that one of the things he loves about the film is that the Academy Awards actually let the production film during a real Oscars ceremony, not having any idea how bad the movie was. He also noted with amusement that Tony Bennett was for some reason cast as a half-Jewish, half-Irish character. See more »

Goofs

The newspaper photos of Cheryl Barker hitting Frankie don't match the scene when it happens. She could have hit him twice (she was angry enough), and the photographers might have caught the second hit. See more »

Quotes

Kay Bergdahl: You represent everything I *loathe*, Frankie!
Frankie Fane: You mean everything you *love*!
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Connections

References The Barefoot Contessa (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

All the Way
by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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You Have to See it to Believe It
12 October 2001 | by gvb0907See all my reviews

No narrative description can even begin to do justice to the glories of "The Oscar." Though apparently intended as a serious drama, this film plays out as one of the greatest comedies ever made. For years I would laugh out loud at the mere thought of some of the lines. Many campy performances in the minor parts, my personal favorites being Ernest Borgnine as the scurrilous Barney Yale and Walter Brennan as multi-millionaire Orrin C. Quentin (there's a name for you). But the film offers one scene that is strangely poignant. About halfway through, Frankie Fane (Stephen Boyd) goes to a Hollywood restaurant where he encounters an actor named Steve Marks. After some pleasantries they part and only then does Fane realize that Marks is now a waiter at the restaurant, his film career in ruins. Marks is none other than Peter Lawford, playing a role that eerily foreshadows his own decline.


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