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The Sweet Ride (1968)

At a Malibu rented house, a tennis hustler, a surfer and a musician enjoy a Bohemian lifestyle, fall in-love with an unexpected female visitor and fight off a motorcycle punk gang.

Director:

Harvey Hart

Writers:

Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay), William Murray (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Franciosa ... Collie Ransom
Michael Sarrazin ... Denny McGuire
Jacqueline Bisset ... Vickie Cartwright
Bob Denver ... Choo-Choo Burns
Michael Wilding ... Bill Cartwright
Michele Carey ... Thumper Stevens
Lara Lindsay ... Martha
Norma Crane ... Mrs. Cartwright
Percy Rodrigues ... Lieutenant Harvey Atkins (as Percy Rodriguez)
Warren Stevens ... Brady Caswell
Pat Buttram ... Texas Gambler
Michael Forest ... Barry Green
Lloyd Gough ... Parker
Stacy King Stacy King ... Big Jane
Corinna Tsopei ... Tennis Girl
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Storyline

An aging tennis hustler (Tony Franciosa), young protégé surfer (Michael Sarrazin), and young protégé musician (Bob Denver) live the buddy life at Malibu beach pad. Surfer falls in love with starlet (Jacqueline Bisset) who washes up on beach. Starlet is beaten up by her possessive producer/lover/sugar daddy after she has revenge sex with motorcycle gang leader. Motorcycle gang leader is in turn beaten up by Franciosa and Sarrazin. Main characters all grow up a bit. Music by Dusty Springfield and Moby Grape. Written by Al Baby

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Taglines:

The Cycles... The Surf... And The Swingers That Make It All Go! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Praia dos Desejos See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,935,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,600,000, 11 December 1970
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

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Sweet Ride
Sung by Dusty Springfield
Words and Music by Lee Hazlewood
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Much more interesting than it sounds!
7 February 2001 | by pmsusanaSee all my reviews

A word of reassurance to anyone who's just read Mr. Stockett's plot summary: The character played by Jacqueline Bisset is NOT murdered, although she comes close enough. Actually, she's raped by a cycle gang leader, beaten by a Hollywood producer, then dumped in the street to be run over (a near miss results); the rest of the film unfolds mostly in flashback. This story of assorted aimless young folk who hang out at a tennis bum's beach pad could have been a real pain to sit through, but thanks to a good cast and understanding direction it holds the interest all the way, and accurately captures a certain American lifestyle. (Most critics hated this film, which is always an encouraging sign.) The talented cast makes the characters real and interesting; you really like most of these people, and their interplay is always interesting. And that terrific title song (performed by the late Dusty Springfield) should have been a big hit!


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