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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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This is the story of...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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Greene-Rouse Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Hugh Sanders's final film before his death on January 9, 1966 at the age of 54. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the yacht Frankie says he pushed a rack on 28th street. The garment center in New York City is between 34th & 40th streets. See more »

Quotes

Kay Bergdahl: You're wasting your time. I'm not the kind of woman who uses sex as a release or, or even as a weapon.
Frankie Fane: You always talk like that?
Kay Bergdahl: I try.
Frankie Fane: Then do me a favor, will ya, try droppin' it with me, I'm not that smart. You free thinkers confuse me.
Kay Bergdahl: Let me put it this way. I think I have more to offer than just my body.
Frankie Fane: [mocking] Now I understand.
Kay Bergdahl: I am the end result of everything I've ever learned, all I ever hope to be, and all the experiences I've ever had.
Frankie Fane: How many experiences have you had?
Kay Bergdahl: None. But...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

All the Way
by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Don't miss Tony Bennett as Hymie Kelly!
21 July 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Atrocious film from producer Joseph E. Levine, here ripping the lid off the Hollywood can but getting nothing out of it except hot air. Ruthless, snarling Stephen Boyd scratches his way up from seamy strip joints (as manager for the non-blushing Jill St. John) to the top of the H-wood heap as the world's most constipated actor. Laughable backstage melodrama is high camp, but how can one laugh without feeling sorry for all the embarrassed personalities on the screen--none more so than Tony Bennett, looking like a basset hound in a tuxedo. The fifth-rate screenplay is full of now-legendary fruit-loop lines, boiling over with 'significance', while the surroundings (once considered plush) now look tatty. Elke Sommer (as a sketch artist for Edith Head!) is the one cast member who doesn't bulldoze her way through the picture. Otherwise, it ain't for the squeamish! *1/2 from ****


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