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Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969)

R | | Crime, Drama | 19 August 1969 (USA)
The overweight debutante daughter of the world's wealthiest couple falls in with a gang of tripped out, skydiving pseudo-reactionary pop stars, who take their beliefs of the American ideal ... See full summary »

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Robert Thom

Writer:

Robert Thom
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... Astrid Steele
Jordan Christopher ... Bogart Peter Stuyvesant
Holly Near ... Tara Nicole Steele
Lou Rawls ... Joe
Charles Aidman ... Willy Steele
Davey Davison ... Anna Livia
Roddy McDowall ... Santoro
Marty Brill ... Maitre D'
Carol Costello Carol Costello ... Maitre D's Wife
Danielle Aubry Danielle Aubry ... Paulette
Sandrine Gobet Sandrine Gobet ... Tara Nicole - Age 3
Joan Calhoun Joan Calhoun ... Tara Nicole - Age 8
Rudy Battaglia Rudy Battaglia ... Tony
George Ostos George Ostos ... Rudolph
Romo Vincent ... Cotton Candy Salesman
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Storyline

The overweight debutante daughter of the world's wealthiest couple falls in with a gang of tripped out, skydiving pseudo-reactionary pop stars, who take their beliefs of the American ideal to profoundly impossible heights. Written by Doug Mosurak <marumaru@andrew.cmu.edu>

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Why should Bogart Peter Stuyvesant go to war and kill strangers, when the pickings are better in his own bedroom? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cult of the Damned See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Morrissey's 1988 solo debut album "Viva Hate" included a song titled "Angel, Angel Down We Go Together." See more »

Quotes

Astrid Steele: In my heart of hearts I'm a sexual tramp.
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Hey Hey and a Hi Ho
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Sung by Jordan Christopher
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Groovy, misunderstood trash classic
31 January 2002 | by bakerjpSee all my reviews

I recommend that this is watched on a double-bill with Wild in the Streets, also written by Robert Thom. Both films contain similarities - a Messiah-like pop star with pretensions for a new social order, overbearing parents, LSD sequences, pop music, alternative forms of sexuality, camp and "established" actresses freaking out.

This film is like being in a long trance - there's so much imagery and symbolism that you'll need to watch it three or four times before it starts to make sense.

It's a little nihilistic for my liking, but well worth watching - Jennifer Jones gets to call her maid a sadistic lesbian, her husband appears in the first scene naked in the shower with his young male friend, while the daughter's voice-over says "My first memory is that my parents were perfect." There's all sorts of weird stuff like the cast taking a walk along Santa Monica Beach and Jennifer Jones buying candyfloss with her jewellery and then discarding it.

The songs are reasonably good too, especially The Fat Song, Bloody Mama (also another Robert Thom film) and Angel, Angel Down We Go. This is one freaked out movie. I love it!


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