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The Happening (1967)

A few hippies "go with the flow" and end up kidnapping a retired Mafia kingpin.


Elliot Silverstein


Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson), James D. Buchanan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview:
Anthony Quinn ... Roc Delmonico
George Maharis ... Taurus
Michael Parks ... Sureshot
Robert Walker Jr. ... Herby (as Robert Walker)
Martha Hyer ... Monica
Faye Dunaway ... Sandy
Milton Berle ... Fred
Oskar Homolka ... Sam
Jack Kruschen ... Inspector
Clifton James ... O'Reilly
Eugene Roche ... First Motorcycle Officer
James Randolph Kuhl James Randolph Kuhl ... Arnold
Luke Askew ... Second Motorcycle Officer


A group of young drifters kidnap wealthy businessman Roc Delmonico just for kicks. They keep him captive, demanding a ransom for his safe release. However there is no one - wife, Mafia associates or mother - willing to part with the $200,000 ransom. Demonico is dismayed that no one appears unduly concerned about his fate and joins forces with the kidnappers to plot his revenge, blackmailing his once nearest and dearest into parting with $3,000,000 in hush money. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acontece Cada Coisa See more »

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Horizon Pictures See more »
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During 'The Happening''s shoot, Robert Walker Jr. was working on two projects at the same time. The second week of filming he did double duty shooting an episode of The Time Tunnel (1966), where he played Billy the Kid. See more »


Roc Delmonico: [looking at the ransom money] My whole life. I thought it would be bigger.
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Early in the Morning
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics by William Roy
Performed by Stephen Doyle Smith
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" If you have a life, make sure it's real, it could be an illusion "
14 March 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Of all the films one sees, there are a select few which you start out expecting one thing and end up with something completely different. Here is one unusual movie called " The Happening " which features the magnificent talent of the late great Anthony Quinn. The story written and directed by Ronald Austin begins with a group of young lay-abouts (Michael Parks, George Maharis, Robert Walker Jr. and Faye Dunaway) who take life as it unfolds or 'happens' and thus accept their motto ' Go with the flow baby. ' As with everyday, they do nothing, plan nothing and exact the same, allowing events to just take shape. On one particular day, they stumble upon a well-to-do suburban family, enjoying their upscale social life. However, that family is governed by a powerful, but retired Mob Boss, Roc Delmonico, (Anthony Quinn) who's wife Martha Hyer) believes he is to be kidnapped and held for Ransom. What Roc discovers is that all the people in his life who he believed cared for his safety and well being, create excuses for not being able to rescue him. Thus he is left to his fate at the hands of Kidnappers. Dismayed and deeply disappointed, Roc begins to suspect he has been deluded into thinking he was an important figure, Concluding the opposite, he joins his kidnappers and plots his revenge. A kooky, but surprisingly underrated film, Quinn gives a superb performance and thus elevates a comedic movie into a Classic. Oscar Homolka and Milton Berle make brief appearances. Well recommended for anyone seeking something different. ****

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