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Where It's At (1969)

R | | Drama | 7 May 1969 (USA)
A "Sixties Generation" comedy about an offbeat father-son relationship. Dad runs a Las Vegas hotel-casino and his son is a college student with a different set of moral and ethical ... See full summary »

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Garson Kanin

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Garson Kanin
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
David Janssen ... A.C.
Rosemary Forsyth ... Diana
Robert Drivas ... Andy
Brenda Vaccaro ... Molly
Don Rickles ... Willie
Edy Williams ... Phyllis
Anthony Holland ... Henry
Vince Howard Vince Howard ... Ralph (as Vincent Howard)
Warrene Ott Warrene Ott ... Betty Avery
The Committee The Committee ... Themselves (voice)
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A "Sixties Generation" comedy about an offbeat father-son relationship. Dad runs a Las Vegas hotel-casino and his son is a college student with a different set of moral and ethical standards. When they meet in Vegas, they immediately clash in their efforts to understand one another. Written by alfiehitchie

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Where it's at for you, dad ... ain't necessarily where it's at for me. See more »

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Drama

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La carta vincente See more »

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Mono

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Color (DeLuxe)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout the movie's casino scenes, an employee is paging persons on the public address system. One person paged near the middle of the movie is "Jay Sarno," the man who built Caesar's Palace and the Circus Circus Casino. See more »

Goofs

When A.C. and Andy fight, the glass bar shelf falls twice. See more »

Quotes

A.C. Smith: It's what we sell: beauty and hope.
Andy Smith: I'd say it was more like sex and greed.
A.C. Smith: Well, whatever, we sell a hell of a lot of it.
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Also Starring Caesar's Palace as Caesar's Palace See more »

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Where It's At
Written and sung by Jeff Barry
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Not Where It's At!
9 October 2012 | by WNYerSee all my reviews

A hard-nosed casino owner wants to bring in his estranged son to learn the family business. He gets him - albeit reluctantly - to try it out, but soon gets more than he bargained for.

Strange late sixties film. It's listed as a comedy but it's not really funny. Maybe on some satiric level but even that is stretching it. It comes across more as a family drama with some unconventional elements thrown in. The main crux of the story involves the strained father-son relationship but the script throws in all kinds of subtexts pertinent to that time (e.g. love generation sensibilities versus the Dean Martin set) which only serve to convolute the whole thing.

David Janssen and Robert Drivas as the two male leads don't offer much depth to their roles and their characters are so different from each other its hard to believe they are father and son. Rosemary Forsyth and Brenda Vaccaro come off much better in support with the latter a standout as a flaky secretary. Don Rickles also has a nice cameo as a cheating card dealer.

Overall, "Where It's At" is more interesting as a historical curio which gives the viewer a rare glimpse of Vegas during that era. Especially well presented is Caesars Palace where most of the action takes place.

One other note about the film is that it frequently employs impressionistic style editing which may not be everyone's cup of tea. Viewed today it seems a little heavy handed and dated.


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