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Skidoo (1968)

Infamous psychedelic all-star comedy about ex-gangster Tony Banks, who's called out of retirement by mob kingpin God to carry out a hit on fellow mobster "Blue Chips" Packard. When Banks ... See full summary »

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Otto Preminger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Gleason ... Tony Banks
Carol Channing ... Flo
Frankie Avalon ... Angie
Fred Clark ... A Tower Guard
Michael Constantine ... Leech
Frank Gorshin ... The Man
John Phillip Law ... Stash
Peter Lawford ... The Senator
Burgess Meredith ... The Warden
George Raft ... The Skipper
Cesar Romero ... Hechy
Mickey Rooney ... 'Blue Chips' Packard
Groucho Marx ... 'God'
Arnold Stang ... Harry
Doro Merande ... The Mayor
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Storyline

Infamous psychedelic all-star comedy about ex-gangster Tony Banks, who's called out of retirement by mob kingpin God to carry out a hit on fellow mobster "Blue Chips" Packard. When Banks demurs, God kidnaps his daughter Darlene on his luxury yacht. Written by Alex Barylski <asbarylski@msn.com>

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Taglines:

It takes two to skidoo.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skidoo - Ein Happening in Love See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Towards the end, when George Raft marries Frankie Avalon and Donyale Luna, Raft's wedding-service manual is clearly seen as "The Death of God". See more »

Quotes

Harry: Tony, it looks like one of them hippies!
Tony Banks: That's right... and no hippie is gonna make it with my daughter.
Darlene: Daddy, he wasn't going to... I'm not sure *he* even knows what he wants.
Tony Banks: What is he, a faggot?
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with a cartoon figure in striped prison clothing dancing across the film's title and Otto Preminger's credit on the main characters' TV set. The channel is switched by Jackie Gleason before any other names are revealed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye
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Written by 'Joseph B. Geoghegan"
Sung by a hippie girl
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Whatever it takes
7 April 2002 | by emingesSee all my reviews

It took me years to find a copy of this, and I can tell you in all sincerity that it's worth whatever it takes to see it, not once, but as often as you can. If it shows up at a local film festival, make sure you see every showing. If it's shown once, make sure you cajole, bribe, or threaten every friend you've got to come along. Because otherwise you're going to spend the next year in a walking trance, stopping perfect strangers and trying to describe this...THING... you saw, where Groucho Marx and Frankie Avalon and John Philip Law...no, you've GOT to LISTEN to me!

Read all the other comments, read anything you can find on this monstrosity, and you'll still be only half-prepared for what you're going to see. The only two other films I can think of that so exceeded even their own outrageous hype were Blood Freak and Godmonster of Indian Flats. But, hey, those were low-budget obscurities. Skidoo was a HUGE production - and, unfortunately, I can't imagine this is EVER going to be released on DVD, VHS, CD, cassette, or eight-track, because I can't imagine the Preminger estate wanting any trace of Skidoo to surface ever again.

Carol Channing in bra and tights. Groucho Marx on a wood screw. Dancing garbage cans. Sure, sure, sure. You've heard the stories. But, lordie, there's sooooo much more....


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