5.1/10
860
55 user 17 critic

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:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ivanhoe (1952)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine
Jackpot (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Renate Sami, Matthias Weiss
Stars: Ed Brodow, Don Conte, Al Hansen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a television special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A clumsy daydreamer gets caught up in a sinister conspiracy.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director: Dick Richards
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr
Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The story of Eddie Burma. A man who possesses the ability to heal the emotional infirmities of people, only to grapple with his own. Eddie finds out his must face his own nightmares head on.

Director: Christopher Flynn
Stars: Felix G. Ray, Renee Giufre, Shawn Kummelman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Fane
... Kay Bergdahl
... Kappy Kapstetter
... Sophie Cantaro
... Kenneth Regan
... Laurel Scott
... Hymie Kelly
... Trina Yale
... Barney Yale
... Grobard
... Orrin C. Quentin
... Sheriff
... Network Executive
... Herself
... Herself
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What Was Frankie Fane Really Like? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

8 July 1966 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El Óscar  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Pathécolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was James Dunn's final film before his death on September 1, 1967 at the age of 65. 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

Sam: Miss Cheryl Barker. Butter would melt in her mouth.
Hymie Kelly: [laughs] Why not? She's got a hot mouth.
See more »

Connections

References The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Thanks for the Memory
by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Film Where The Opening Credits Are Spoilers!!!!
24 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps the most notable thing about "The Oscar," aside from the fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences probably wishes it didn't allow the filmmakers to use its award as a part of their turkey, is that the opening credits of the film give away two key elements that really shouldn't be revealed, one of which laughably gives away the ending!

This really goes to the point that nobody in this film seemed to know or care about the process of making it and were more enamored with the concept of setting their film on Oscar Night than in having the story make any sense, and were more about getting names to list, hoping to increase the Box Office receipts. Bad move.

I was hoping for an over the top, completely ridiculous, scenery chewing melodrama, and I was rather disappointed. Granted, Stephen Boyd definitely does have some ludicrous dialog and plays bigger than he should for what he's doing, but it really isn't "fun" to watch. Even more to the point, there's no one in the film who can challenge him.

Milton Berle comes the closest as his agent. But Berle doesn't get to crack wise, as we would expect him to do with a knucklehead client like this one. He plays it straight up. What was the point of that? And Elke Sommer is such a conflicted character, it's difficult to understand what she brought to the film, aside from the obvious eye candy intended.

The other oddity is in seeing Tony Bennett play his one and only acting role. Clearly, he wasn't ready for this sort of challenge and I can't blame him for begging off film for the safety of his music career after this disaster.

Wasted were Oscar Winner Ernest Borgnine who plays some two bit private eye and Edie Adams who actually seems the most realistic character in the entire film. Also, Edith Head, the multiple Oscar winning Costume Designer, who was seen on screen in three different scenes, and uttered half a word.

But I'm seriously still reeling over the credit spoilers. If you do watch this film (and I don't recommend you do because it definitely isn't good and it unfortunately isn't bad enough to be amusing) don't read the opening credits!


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 55 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed