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Fearless Frank (1967)

A satirical comedy about an unsophisticated country boy who treks off to Chicago, Illinois, gets shot by mobsters, and awakens to find that he has the powers of Superman.

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writer:

Philip Kaufman
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Cast

Cast overview:
Monique van Vooren ... Plethora
Jon Voight ... Fearless Frank
Joan Darling ... Lois
Severn Darden ... The Good Doctor / Claude the Mad Scientist
Anthony Holland ... Alfred
Lou Gilbert Lou Gilbert ... The Boss
Ben Carruthers ... The Cat
David Steinberg ... The Rat
Nelson Algren Nelson Algren ... Needles
David Fisher David Fisher ... Screwnose
Ken Nordine Ken Nordine ... The Storytelling Stranger
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A satirical comedy about an unsophisticated country boy who treks off to Chicago, Illinois, gets shot by mobsters, and awakens to find that he has the powers of Superman.

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The most incredible new comedy ever laughed at!

Genres:

Fantasy | Comedy

Certificate:

G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El intrépido Frank See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Production Co:

Jericho Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jon Voight's film debut. See more »

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References The Great Race (1965) See more »

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Weird First Film from Philip Kaufman
9 October 2011 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

Fearless Frank is a genuinely odd early work by Philip Kaufman, featuring an early performance by Jon Voight as a flawed superhero. It attempts to recreate the feel and atmosphere of a comic book, particularly in its first half. Ultimately, it is a mixed bag that will have difficulty appealing either to children or to fans of experimental film.

If you watch only the first half hour, Fearless Frank appears to be intended as a children's film. The characters seem straight out of a Dick Tracy comic, complete with bizarrely disfigured criminals. There is a definite camp element to this section of the film, with comic narration provided by a mysterious, and melodramatic, on screen narrator with a typewriter. Similarly, a scientist's patented evil detector gives the proceedings the feel of a sixties children's matinée. Only the plot line, which revolves around a young farm boy resurrected from the dead to become a superhero suggests anything

However, the film gets increasingly odd as it goes along. A clone of the hero is introduced, and the plot shifts from a straight superhero story to one of a character corrupted by success. From here the film becomes increasingly surreal and inaccessible. In the end, it becomes more of a film for Kaufman completists than a film one would watch for enjoyment.


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