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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Groucho Marx's LSD trip is the subject of the article "My Acid Trip with Groucho" by Paul Krassner, Yippie founder and editor/publisher of famed satirical magazine The Realist. See more »

Quotes

Angie: Are you here, sweetheart? Open the door and be glad, baby.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film, Harry Nilsson sings all the credits that appear onscreen, with occasional side notes (e.g. "a good friend", or "thanks"). See more »

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

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Skidoo
Performed by Carol Channing and Company
Written by Harry Nilsson
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Embarrassing
10 December 2004 | by mark-506See all my reviews

I like a good bad movie. I can go on and on about how wonderful "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies" is - and I have. And I don't need those MST3K idiots adding lame improv chatter to make a bad film more enjoyable! So I had been looking forward to "Skidoo" for years. I finally watched it last night, after procuring a copy on eBay (pretty much the only place where you can find this film, currently).

My reaction, in a nutshell: Blah. Yuck. Ho hum.

It's pointless to say more, especially when so many "Skidoo" fans have already weighed in - quite eloquently, I might add - within these comments pages. But I will say this: Usually on the IMDb, when you see so many well-written praises for a famous train wreck of a film, you get the feeling that this is something to see. Don't be snowed as I was! What most of these folks are not telling you is that "Skidoo" is meant to be a wacky comedy. But it's simply a deadening, painful-to-watch document of the twilight of many a great performer's career, where, before either dying or retreating to the safety of TV movies, the cast - some game, some barely even trying (I'm looking at you, Groucho Marx) - flounder in this pathetic attempt by the dinosaurs of 1950's Hollywood to try to stay relevant by making a "hippie movie."

This film is flat, boring, pretentious and hopelessly uncampy. It has the distinctively ugly look of late 60's studio cinema, and like many of those other strident, unfunny all-star comedies of the era ("The Great Race," "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!" et al), it's just plain awful.


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