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The Bobo (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 15 September 1967 (Finland)
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 »


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




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 ... 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
La Chana ... Flamenco Dancer
Los Tarantos Los Tarantos ... Flamenco Company
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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}

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The Bobo is not much of a matador, but when it comes to women he is the greatest bull-thrower of all See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Elliott Kastner wanted Marlon Brando to star, but he turned it down. See more »


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 »


Trinity Martinez: I don't suppose this is the right moment to say it, but, I told you so. Never trust a gypsy.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits act as if the viewer is in an airplane, flying past and around the credits, which move up and down, and slowly move past the camera's view. a beautiful aerial view of Barcelona, and the statue on the Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart. See more »


Referenced in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) See more »


Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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The all time worst ending to a film
22 April 2003 | by rcraig62See all my reviews

As a lifelong Peter Sellers fan, I've seen this movie a few times even though I know the letdown is coming at the end. I'm always lured back by Sellers' performance here, proving once again he was one of the greatest actors in all the world. He plays Juan Bautista, a traveling singing matador who attempts to seduce the local flirt/bitch of Barcelona in exchange for a gig at the local theater. It is one of his most charming, touching, beautifully subtle performances ever, as the film takes you along their unusual courtship until he finally melts her heart and wins her over. At the point, the story takes an unexpected turn that is so shocking and so patently unfunny and so vile, I can't imagine what anyone connected with the film was possibly thinking when they made it. I am no sucker for happy Hollywood endings, but the end to this movie is so out-of-step with what we've just seen in the last ninety minutes that it just spoiled the whole thing for me. I still rate it as the worst movie ending of all time. As far the rest of it, Sellers and then-wife Britt Ekland (who never looked better) have some lovely scenes; their first date at a nightclub that features flamenco dancing really stands out. With a different finale, this could have been a rare gem in the Peter Sellers catalogue. As it is, it's just OK. 2 1/2 ** out of 4

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English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

15 September 1967 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Le bobo See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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