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The Manipulator (1971)

An insane Hollywood makeup man kidnaps a woman, keeps her prisoner in his warehouse full of props.

Director:

Yabo Yablonsky

Writers:

John Durren (idea), Yabo Yablonsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... B.J. Lang
Luana Anders ... Carlotta
Keenan Wynn ... Old Charlie
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An insane Hollywood makeup man kidnaps a woman, keeps her prisoner in his warehouse full of props.

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The maniac's house of horror! See more »

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Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B.J. Presents See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)
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Trivia

Prominent wheelchair prop which B.J. Lang straps Carlotta to was acquired by assistant art director Richard Selinkoff from rock star Frank Zappa. Wheelchair was once thrown from a stage in Europe by a fan and was residing in Zappa's basement prior to filming. See more »

Goofs

Charlie dies with his hands to his sides and this is how he's always shown, except in one shot where his fingers are interlocked across his chest. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the closing credits Mickey Rooney is shown in fast forward acting around on stage. See more »

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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Mickey Rooney
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Highly successful acting exercise; miserably failed film
1 March 2007 | by gimhoffSee all my reviews

Everyone who has commented on this film to date has been right. It is a terrible, nearly unwatchable movie, directed by someone who has seen too many avant-garde short films by Stan Brakhage and Maya Derren and who mistakenly believed that a 90-minute commercial movie could be made using their techniques.

But it is also a filmed actors exercise, an extended acting class in which someone said to Mickey Rooney, "Let's test your chops, and explore the limits of your acting range." Viewing the movie that way, it is a triumph for Rooney. His acting talent is incredible, and in two- or three-minute bites his performance can be mesmerizing. He takes a mess of a script, an insane and unsympathetic character, and crazy lines, and comes off not just as believable but as affecting. You really don't want to see this movie, but if someone showed you a few short clips from it you would gain a new appreciation for Rooney's abilities.

Luana Anders holds her own as Rooney's captive, but it is Rooney's show.


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