5.5/10
614
14 user 2 critic

The Bobo (1967)

Unsuccessful singing bullfighter Juan arrives in Barcelona to try his luck in a big town. He finally persuades a devious local impresario to book him, but only on the condition that Juan ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

David R. Schwartz (screenplay), David R. Schwartz (play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

After the Fox (1966)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After the heist of the 'gold of Cairo', an Italian criminal mastermind, impersonating a film director, plans to grab the loot once it's unloaded on the beach of an Italian fishing village where a bogus movie is being filmed.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, Britt Ekland
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A thirty-something square falls in love with a hippie and decides to "drop out" himself.

Director: Hy Averback
Stars: Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A corrupt hospital administrator decides to get as much money as possible from the patients by any means necessary - lie, cheat or steal.

Director: Rod Amateau
Stars: Peter Sellers, Jo Ann Pflug, Rick Lenz
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In this comedy, set during the Nazi occupation of France, Peter Sellers plays most major male parts, so he stars in nearly every scene, always bumbling in inspector Clouseau-style. As ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting
Stars: Peter Sellers, Lila Kedrova, Curd Jürgens
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A retired entertainer makes his living as a street musician on the streets of London. Two young children befriend the old musician, brightening his otherwise colorless life.

Director: Anthony Simmons
Stars: Peter Sellers, Donna Mullane, John Chaffey
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During D-day several people become trapped while hiding in a bunker, when heavy shelling collapses it. They have plenty of food and water so they decide to wait for rescuers. And so they wait year, after year, after year.

Director: Clive Rees
Stars: Peter Sellers, Charles Aznavour, Jeremy Kemp
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, William Hartnell
Hoffman (1970)
Certificate: GP Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character.

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Peter Sellers, Sinéad Cusack, Jeremy Bulloch
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In the 17th century, a pirate captain is murdered by his cook after he buries his treasure and marks it on a map but the poor-memory cook must rely on the captain's ghost to re-track the loot, since the map was drawn in disappearing ink.

Directors: Peter Medak, Spike Milligan
Stars: Peter Sellers, Anthony Franciosa, Spike Milligan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

Directors: John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Stars: Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Isabel Jeans
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

William Topaz McGonagall, the world's greateset poet. Unfortunately the whole of the rest of the world disagreed. His talent made him a sort of Victorian Chris Evans but without the cash.

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Julia Foster
The Party (1968)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet, Natalia Borisova
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Sellers ... Juan Bautista
Britt Ekland ... Olimpia Segura
Rossano Brazzi ... Carlos Matabosch
Adolfo Celi ... Francisco Carbonell
Hattie Jacques ... Trinity Martinez
Ferdy Mayne ... Silvestre Flores
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Pepe Gamazo
Al Lettieri ... Eugenio Gomez (as Alfredo Lettieri)
Marne Maitland ... Luis Castillo
John Wells John Wells ... Pompadour Major Domo
Don Lurio Don Lurio ... Ramon Gonzales
Edit

Storyline

Unsuccessful singing bullfighter Juan arrives in Barcelona to try his luck in a big town. He finally persuades a devious local impresario to book him, but only on the condition that Juan first manages to spend an evening with Olimpia, a "shrewd merciless beauty" who seems effortlessly to collect apartments and Maserati sports cars while leaving a trail of broken hearts behind her. Juan approaches the challenge by pretending to her he is an emissary for a rich count. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Bobo is that cunning matador who flees from the bulls so that he may chase the chicks! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1967 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Le bobo See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gina Production See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Perhaps as an in-joke, Peter Sellers is whistling the theme to 'A Man and a Woman' to himself in one scene - the tune is written by Francis Lai, who composed this movie's score. See more »

Goofs

Olimpia has locked Pepe Gamazo out of his apartment. In the opening scene, Pepe chases her from the street in an attempt to reenter his apartment. Before he begins running, his long straight hair has a distinct part on the left side that exposes a large portion of his bare forehead. However, Olimpia beats him to the door. When Pepe reaches the apartment door, his hair is now windblown so that the part no longer shows (now resembling Moe of the Three Stooges). Yet when Olimpia looks through the peephole, his hair is neatly parted with a large portion of his forehead again visible. After she opens the door and pushes him into the elevator, he reverts back to the windblown look without parted hair. Later in another scene when Pepe knocks on the door, his hair is windblown with his forehead covered by his hair. Again, the next point of view Olimpia sees through the peephole is him with neatly parted hair and his forehead exposed. See more »

Quotes

Olimpia Segura: Who is it?
Trinity Martinez: It's nothing, its only a gypsy.
Juan Bautista: I am not a gypsy.
See more »

Connections

Featured in La Chana (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Olympia's Theme
Music by Francis Lai
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sellers seduces his own wife
19 March 2005 | by The_Secretive_BusSee all my reviews

This is one of Peter Sellers' more forgotten efforts that only occasionally appears in documentaries and biographies so that it can be ritually slagged off before being left to gather dust once more. And yet I'm going to have to say that I quite like this little film.

I've seen it twice now, and I can't work out what's supposed to be so wrong with it. Granted, it's not perfect, but it's nowhere near as bad as it's made out to be. In fact, Juan Baustista, the singing matador, is probably one of Sellers' better acting roles (and that's saying something as he's bloody brilliant in almost everything), with every line either arousing sympathy or humour. Though Juan shouldn't be hugely likable - after all, the plot is about him trying to "conquer" a particular woman in three days so that he can get a singing contract at the local theatre - Sellers makes him so, with baleful glances and a genuine romantic quality. It's a subtle performance in many ways, and also, at times, a very funny one, Sellers displaying his usual comic flair. "I may look to you like a man who is waiting, but I can assure you that I am actually looking like a man who is *not* waiting. Mmm." Whether the Spanish accent is realistic I don't know, but it worked fine for me.

Britt Ekland co-stars as the focus of Juan's attentions, the vamp Olimpia. Sellers and Ekland were still married at the time and apparently filming was very tense as they were going through one of many rough patches in their relationship. However, this doesn't show on screen, and the two have a delightfully interesting chemistry. As for Britt as an actress in general, she does quite well here, and neither overacts nor underacts as she has a tendency to do in various other films I've seen her in (the otherwise marvellous Amicus anthology "Asylum", for instance).

There are actors of various nationalities on display, and as a result I knew few of them - there's a chap wearing a fez identical to the one he wore in "I'm All Right Jack", and the excitable Pepe is played by Boulting Brothers Welsh regular actor Kenneth Griffith, all but unrecognisable under thick specs and an even thicker Spanish accent. However, the always lovable Hattie Jacques has quite a substantial role as Britt's maid/housekeeper/minder, and it's interesting to see her in scenes opposite Peter Sellers, after her many years having been on radio with the other comedy legend Tony Hancock in "Hancock's Half Hour".

Though overall this is a very gentle and humorous film, there are some flaws. There seem to be several subplots going on at the beginning to do with men falling in and out of love with Olimpia, all of which get forgotten about once Sellers actually gets involved in the main plot line a whole half hour into the film, having spent his time prior to this wandering around a cafe ordering cheese sandwiches. There's a hideously OTT French camp bloke in the pervy hotel scene, who is, quite frankly, as irritating as a mosquito with asthma. And the film grinds to a halt about forty-five minutes in to make way for a bizarre five minute flamenco-dancing scene that drags interminably and has the scariest looking woman I've ever seen in a film, snarling and wracked with pain throughout, the dance itself making one's feet hurt just watching it. I bet her honeymoon was memorable. Her hubbie's back must have felt like murder in the morning. The things people do for love, eh? As for the whole singing blue matador bit, which was used to promote the film on posters, trailers, and merchandise (including the video and DVD), I have to ask - why? Sellers only actually goes blue about ten minutes from the end, so I'm not sure what the point of it was. There's also some dire sound syncing during his opera bit in the arena.

However, these niggles don't really detract from the film as a whole, which moves along quite nicely with some whimsical humour chucked in and a rather top notch Spanish musical score. It's even quite touching in places towards the end. Certainly worth a viewing, I'd say, even if nobody else thinks so.

8/10


4 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed