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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

One of the very few films in which the closing credits are entirely sung. (The only other known example is the Spanish comedy ¿Por qué te engaña tu marido? (1969).) It was composed by Harry Nilsson, who also plays a tower guard in the film. 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 »

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Featured in TCM Underground: Skidoo (2008) See more »

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Garbage Can Ballet
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A textbook "How not to make a movie"
15 October 2006 | by OsmoomsSee all my reviews

Actually, I found this movie unforgettable. Unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. I happened across this plodding stinker one rainy Saturday afternoon way back in the '70's on TV, and sat there wide eyed in morbid fascination as to how bad it was. At first I thought the whole thing was a "piss-take", a send up, but after a while the awful truth sank in. The "plot" such as it is, has been described by others, but the molasses like leaden direction of Preminger has to be seen to be believed, as is the so called funny one liners, delivered by the actors with embarrassment. In fact, there's almost an embarrassed silence after some of them as if the actor is thinking "DidI really say that?" What the hell am I doing here?" Quite simply, a movie that should never have been made, except to show budding actors & directors and screenplay writers HOW NOT to further their careers.


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