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Cover Me Babe (1970)

R | | Drama | 1 October 1970 (USA)
Student filmmaker lets nothing stand in the way of his getting a studio contract.

Director:

Noel Black

Writer:

George Wells
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Forster ... Tony Hall
Sondra Locke ... Melisse
Susanne Benton ... Sybil
Robert Fields Robert Fields ... Will Ames (as Robert S. Fields)
Ken Kercheval ... Jerry
Sam Waterston ... Cameraman
Michael Margotta ... Steve Winston
Floyd Mutrux ... Ronnie Shields
Maggie Thrett ... Prostitute
Jeff Corey ... Paul Rogers
Regis Toomey ... Michael Atterbury
Mitzi Hoag ... Mother of Drowned Boy
Franklin Townsend Franklin Townsend ... Transvestite
Mello Alexandria Mello Alexandria ... Male Puppet
Linda Howe Linda Howe ... Female Puppet
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Tony Hall is a student filmmaker. He is hypercritical about everything including his own work, even his own award winning experimental film, with most of his classmates recognizing that he is probably the most talented among them despite many of them not understanding his work. As with most student filmmakers, he relies on his friends - fellow classmates - in front of and behind the camera, those classmates including his current girlfriend, actress Melisse. Tony's arrogant my way or the highway places him at odds with some, especially one of the school's professors, Will Ames, who nonetheless does his job in providing the support that Tony may need to do his schoolwork and promote the work of the school's talent. Will does try to warn Melisse about the dangers of dating Tony, she and Will who used to date themselves. Tony's attitude also places him in the dichotomy of wanting that support but not wanting any of the strings that may go along with it. While Tony potentially may get some... Written by Huggo

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Camera, in his hands it becomes an obscene instrument. See more »

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Director Noel Black described making this film as a series of compromises made in order to please 20th Century Fox. Black originally planned to cast a young, unknown Al Pacino as Tony Hall, but this was just one of the things he had to forsake. Black also disagreed with the ethical issues about filmmaking brought up in the script, wanted to change them but couldn't. See more »

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References Funny Girl (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Take Your Time
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Art Posey, Honey Session
Performed by Art and Honey
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Original X-Rating?
18 February 2005 | by albertayler1See all my reviews

My recollection is that when I first saw this film (maybe at a drive-in) it was rated X, had a scene of male frontal nudity (Forster) and was actually first shown in theaters (some theaters anyway) under the title of Run, Shadow, Run. Can anyone verify this? I too saw the PG version once on TV years ago but last night saw the TV-MA (R?) version on Fox Movie Channel. This version seemed to have some scenes cut though I cannot be sure. A friend also told me at the time (he later became a film editor for Variety) that there was a trailer for the film that was a vicious diatribe against the studio for restricting the directorial control of Black. I was quite taken with the version I saw then, in part because I thought Black, the director of Pretty Poison, was an outstanding new director. Unfortunately his films after Pretty Poison have never lived up to it on subsequent viewings.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cover Me Babe See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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