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The Grasshopper (1970)

Wide-eyed nineteen year old Christine Adams decides on a whim to leave her broken family life in small town British Columbia to move to Los Angeles to be with her boyfriend Eddie Molina, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Paris

Writers:

Mark McShane (novel), Jerry Belson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Christine Adams
Jim Brown ... Tommy Marcott
Joseph Cotten ... Richard Morgan
Corbett Monica ... Danny Raymond
Christopher Stone ... Jay Rigney
Ramon Bieri ... Roosevelt Dekker
Ed Flanders ... Jack Benton
William Callaway ... Elroy (as Bill Calloway)
Roger Garrett Roger Garrett ... Buck Brown
Therese Baldwin Therese Baldwin ... Gigi
William Bassett ... Aaron (as William H. Bassett)
Kathalynn Turner Kathalynn Turner ... Ann Marie Dekker
Stefanianna Christopherson Stefanianna Christopherson ... Libby
Marc Hannibal Marc Hannibal ... Marion Walters
David Ketchum David Ketchum ... Football Conventioner
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Storyline

Wide-eyed nineteen year old Christine Adams decides on a whim to leave her broken family life in small town British Columbia to move to Los Angeles to be with her boyfriend Eddie Molina, who doesn't know she's coming. Christine hopes to start a family with Eddie immediately. But Christine finds that she is restless in her life with Eddie and moves on. From move to move which are always done on a whim, Christine has a similar restless attitude, always dreaming of something better. But she has no real marketable job skills - although she is always thinking about continuing with her schooling in some trade to make a better life for herself - or sense of what working in a traditional type job means. She is able to get by on her looks, which lands her a job as a Las Vegas showgirl. She also goes in and out of relationships - including with Vegas comic Danny Raymond, ex-football player Tommy Marcott who too is trying to find his meaningful niche in life, older businessman Richard Morgan who... Written by Huggo

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The truth behind the glitter. Learned the hard way. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Passions See more »

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Production Co:

National General Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Ed Flanders first film role. See more »

Quotes

Christine Adams: So you do remember me?
Jack Benton: Sure I remember you - from the party. Who can forget Danny's dates? He makes sure everybody sees, when he has a winner. But I don't remember offering you a job.
Christine Adams: Well, you said you were always replacing girls.
Jack Benton: Yeah, we got openings. But er... you ever been on a stage?
Christine Adams: Oh, yes. I did "Little Women", in school.
Jack Benton: [looks skeptical] Nude?
Christine Adams: What did you say?
Jack Benton: Did you do it nude? Naked?
[she doesn't reply]
Jack Benton: .Forget it.
[...]
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

LOOK AGAIN
Sung by The Brooklyn Bridge
Courtesy of Buddah Records
Words and Music by Al Kasha, Billy Goldenberg and Joel Hirschhorn
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Jackie Bisset shines in an all-stops-out performance
7 April 1999 | by NickDSee all my reviews

This is undoubtedly the best performance of Jacqueline Bisset's career. Unfortunately, it's in an over-the-top trash-fest that is so audaciously (and probably tongue-in-cheek) cheesy that it's pretty damn good. I saw this thing about a hundred times working as a movie usher in the early 70s, and practically any other film would have become dull after that many viewings -- not "The Grasshopper"!

The plot is completely implausible, but in a nutshell it has Jackie starting out as a fresh-faced farmgirl and, after being used and betrayed by gigolo boyfriends, horny old businessmen and the Mob, ending up an embittered prostitute. And all within the space of one year! The final skywriting scene would have become a classic had an audience of any size actually seen this film. Definitely worth a look!


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