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The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 9 May 1969 (Italy)
A naive Amish young woman runs away from her home in Pennsylvania to New York City where she hopes to act in religious stage plays but ends up performing in Burlesque theatre.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

Arnold Schulman (screenplay), Sidney Michaels (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Raymond Paine
Britt Ekland ... Rachel Schpitendavel
Norman Wisdom ... Chick Williams
Forrest Tucker ... Trim Houlihan
Harry Andrews ... Jacob Schpitendavel
Joseph Wiseman ... Louis Minsky
Denholm Elliott ... Vance Fowler
Elliott Gould ... Billy Minsky
Jack Burns ... Candy Butcher
Bert Lahr ... Professor Spats
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Mae Harris
Eddie Lawrence Eddie Lawrence ... Scratch
Dexter Maitland Dexter Maitland ... Duffy
Lillian Hayman Lillian Hayman ... Singer in Speakeasy
Richard Libertini ... Pockets (as Dick Libertini)
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Storyline

Rachel arrives in New York from her Amish community intent on becoming a dancer. Unfortunately Billy Minsky's Burlesque is hardly the place for her Dances From The Bible. But the show's comedian Raymond sees a way of wrong-footing the local do-gooders by announcing the new Paris sensation "Mme Fifi" and putting on Rachel's performance as the place is raided. All too complicated, the more so since her father is scouring the town for her and both Raymond and his straight-man Chick are falling for Rachel. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Sometimes being a nice girl is too much to BARE! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night They Raided Minsky's See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first cut of the film was considered disastrous by all involved. Editor Ralph Rosenblum worked for more than a year to save it, with director William Friedkin long gone. The extensive use of period film clips was Rosenblum's idea. The technique of returning from these clips to the movie by starting with a black-and-white version of a shot and changing to color was invented accidentally when the editor's assistant couldn't find the color copy of a piece of film fast enough. See more »

Goofs

Stock footage shown in reverse. Shot from raised track after Rachel is first seen looking out train window in opening sequence shows old, B/W footage of people walking on street below. As train "approaches" the street corner below, a man can be seen walking backwards. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Paine: Ha, ha, ha, ha, you've met a girl. Ah, Chick, my boy, when it comes to girls you have three qualities that are far worse than being short and funny-looking. You have the curse of the three D's: you are decent, devoted and dependable. Good qualities in a dog, disastrous in a man. Women like bastards.
Chick Williams: No wonder they *love* you.
Raymond Paine: Yes, I'm a BFC - Bastard First Class.
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Crazy Credits

The words in the title flash on the screen individually in between shots of the raiding vice cops. See more »

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Referenced in That Girl: The Night They Raided Daddy's (1970) See more »

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Perfect Gentleman
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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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one of the best
3 January 2005 | by sstoverSee all my reviews

This movie captures the time period so beautifully and is the only movie I've ever seen that does so with this genre, it must be accepted as exceptional. The cinematography is very good, the acting excellent, the story very good, and the music perfect. The final touches are real burlesque acts in their entirety, great side acts not part of the stage yet depicting burlesque, great tension (the Amish father, Minskys father, and the threat of closing the theater down for moral reasons), and most of all seeing the movie through the eyes of a titillated Amish virgin, create the kind of perfection rarely seen in cinema. I saw this movie 35 years ago and forgot about it. I just viewed it and realize it deserves to be recognized as exceptional. Not a discarded movie rarely seen on cable.


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