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The Party (1968)

PG | | Comedy | 4 April 1968 (USA)
A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

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Blake Edwards

Writers:

Blake Edwards (screenplay), Tom Waldman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Hrundi V. Bakshi
Claudine Longet ... Michele Monet
Natalia Borisova Natalia Borisova ... Ballerina
Jean Carson ... Nanny
Marge Champion ... Rosalind Dunphy
Al Checco Al Checco ... Bernard Stein
Corinne Cole Corinne Cole ... Janice Kane
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Wells
Frances Davis Frances Davis ... Maid
Danielle De Metz ... Stella D'Angelo (as Danielle de Metz)
Herbert Ellis Herbert Ellis ... Director (as Herb Ellis)
Paul Ferrara Paul Ferrara ... Ronnie Smith
Steve Franken ... Levinson
Kathe Green ... Molly Clutterbuck
Allen Jung ... Cook
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Storyline

By a twist of fate, the clumsy, but well-meaning aspiring actor, Hrundi V. Bakshi, is invited to Fred Clutterbuck's big party, after utterly ruining the set of his latest feature film. However, unbeknownst to the host, Bakshi is present at the gathering, merrily mingling with the hand-picked guests in this magnificent hi-tech villa, where the drinks are flowing, and everybody is in high spirits. But, much to everyone's surprise, when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol, only God knows how this well-thought party will end. What delightful disasters await? Written by Nick Riganas

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The Film That Made The Whole World Go "Birdie Num Num!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Russian | French | Chinese

Release Date:

4 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fiesta inolvidable See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mirisch Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Hrundi is walking through the kitchen in search of a bathroom, Vin Scully can be heard calling a Dodger game on the radio. Scully called games for the Los Angeles Dodgers until 2016. See more »

Goofs

Mrs Clutterbuck falls from a walkway into the swimming pool below and is pulled out soaking wet. She is carried up to her bedroom but her clothes are now dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Director: All right, cut it! Cut it!
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Connections

References Free and Easy (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothing to Lose
(1968)
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Claudine Longet (uncredited)
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Like Chaplin
11 December 2004 | by jacob-45See all my reviews

I always find it strange that people think a comedy should have you rolling in your chair… not so! There are movies that one gets a warm, funny feeling inside and that one appreciates the subtleties of the acting and set ups. Often a laugh a minute movie is forgotten quickly, but those movies that simmer and let the humor seep out slowly often linger in the mind.

The Party is a movie shot in the sixties with all the hang-ups and social undertones that were abundant then. I laughed myself silly then and today I still laugh with the benefit of hindsight and years of social and cultural change.

Peter Sellers' performance is on a level par with Chaplin; a rare achievement for any actor.


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