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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 »

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Jerry Paris

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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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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 story of a beautiful girl's lifetime between the ages of 19 and 22. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1970 (Australia) See more »

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National General Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.78 : 1
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Christine Adams: Eddie's really something special. Now he works at a bank for his uncle in Los Angeles. He's going to be so surprised to see me. We're going to have a baby right away!
Driver giving her a lift: Oh, so you're going to get married then?
Christine Adams: No, we're just going to live together
[the driver crosses himself and touches a religious figurine on the dashboard]
Christine Adams: .
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Sorry Ali, Jackie was there!
14 July 2004 | by shepardjessicaSee all my reviews

This forgotten (considered exploitation film) almost, partly because Jim Brown (the great football player had a lead) and because Bissett since the mid-60's was eye-candy (not because of her roles in dopey, sexy spoofs), but because she was too pretty and had an English accent, she had a chance of respect like Potsy on HAPPY DAYS.

This is a story (which SHOWGIRLS; already "cult classic") which achieved this kind of status for "seemingly" glorifying a beautiful young woman taking advantage of the System. Nobody ever saw this film (even the Frat boys with the J. Bissett poster from The Deep LATER). She was always looked in a very generic way (that's why she teamed with Candice Bergen in that Cukor film) that NO ONE every respected. This is a gritty early 70's film about (I think she's from Canada) just trying to get happy (IN A VERY STRANGE TIME PERIOD), while adjusting to circumstance, without becoming a whore, or a scumbag, or a yuppie, or a cheat. It's a real story! Even if you don't think Ms. Bissett is attractive (I pity you) She could act and this wasn't the only one, but....it was early, although she'd worked in films with Polanski and Audrey Hepburn and used to have a cool boyfriend back then (Michael Sarrazin; he probably cheated on her..who knows?), she made an effort in 1970 and watch her now in Sleepy Time Gal (couple of years ago) and you'll see she was never a "Bimbo" and is very interesting. A 7 out of 10. Best performance = Jacqueline Bissett. Joseph Cotten is also very involved and performs. Try to find this flick!


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