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The Christian Licorice Store (1971)

R | | Drama, Comedy | November 1971 (USA)
A tennis champion falls in with the Hollywood crowd. He soon finds himself being corrupted by the life in the fast lane.

Director:

James Frawley

Writer:

Floyd Mutrux
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Cane
Maud Adams ... Cynthia
Gilbert Roland ... Jonathan 'JC' Carruthers
Allan Arbus ... Monroe
Anne Randall ... Texas Girl
Monte Hellman ... Joseph
Jaclyn Hellman Jaclyn Hellman ... Mary
'Butch' Bucholtz 'Butch' Bucholtz ... Self
Jean Renoir ... Self
Dido Renoir Dido Renoir ... Self
Walter Barnes ... P.C. Stayne
McLean Stevenson ... Smallwood
Howard Storm ... McGhee
Greg Mullavey ... Robin
Larry Gelman ... Assistant Director
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Storyline

Franklin Cane is a red-hot professional tennis player who climbs the ladder of success with his trainer, Jonathan, at his side. Jonathan was once considered the greatest American tennis player and intends to guide Franklin to the high-road. Franklin does not transcend the interest he has in local Hollywood-type parties littered with has-beens, wannabes and think-they-ares. It is there that he meets Cynthia, a pretty photographer who makes a living photographing people like French filmmaker Jean Renoir and taking production photos of commercials. Cane becomes slowly seduced by the fast-track life and, when Jonathan suddenly passes away in his sleep, he succumbs to a lifestyle that is completely devoid of morality. He drops off Cynthia at the side of the road, so to speak, and continues driving to a bleak, uncertain future. Written by thustlebird

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Taglines:

The world is yours if you're a winner.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Both Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams had small parts in this film five years before Laverne & Shirley (1976), but both ended up on the cutting room floor. See more »

Quotes

Hollywood Party Guests: I'm looking for a girl with a kind of... midnight quality.
Cynthia: I'm afraid I'm not the type at all.
Hollywood Party Guests: But you have such a lovely figure. Did anyone ever try to put you on film?
Cynthia: I'm not interested in sleeping with you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are contained in the movie-within-the-movie when the party-goers are summoned to the theater room of the swanky house. While they roll, two audience members discuss various items of business and an unruly doctor. See more »

Connections

References The Dirty Dozen (1967) See more »

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Pleasant Street
Written and Performed by Tim Buckley
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Totally Groovy
8 April 2020 | by movieman-227See all my reviews

While not Lost New Hollywood masterpiece (like, say, Charles Eastman's "The All-American Boy" or Floyd Mutrux's "Dusty and Sweets McGee"), this is one groovy movie. Shot in L.A. during the year (1969) of the Manson murders, it's a glorious distillation of the era: maybe the best of its kind next to Jaques Demy's "The Model Shop," Speaking of Mutrux, I hadn't realized that he wrote the screenplay and co-produced the film. Double bow. And I had no idea Jean Renoir plays himself in a lovely extended cameo. It's an even better "Famous Foreign Director Cameos In a New Hollywood Movie" cameo than Federico Fellini's appearance in Paul Mazursky's "Alex in Wonderland." Definitely one for the time capsule.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bir Sporcunun Günlüğü See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema Center Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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