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Schlock (1973)

A small town is terrorized by "The Banana Killer", which turns out to be the missing link between man and ape.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Schlock
Saul Kahan ... Detective Sgt. Wino
Joseph Piantadosi ... Ivan
Richard Gillis ... Officer Gillis
Tom Alvich ... Torn Cop
Walter Levine ... Police Thief
Eric Allison ... Joe Putzman
Ralph Baker ... Dying Man
Gene Fox ... Billy
Susan Weiser-Finley ... Betty (as Susan Weiser)
Jonathan Flint ... Bobby (as Jonathan A. Flint)
Amy Schireson ... Barbara
Belinda Folsey ... Goria
Emile Hamaty ... Professor Shlibovitz (as E.G. Harty)
... Mrs. Blinerman (as Enrica Blankey)


A monkey-type monster falls in love with a blind girl, which thinks that he's a giant dog. After kidnapping the girl and fleeing king-kong-like onto the roof of a gym, he gets involved with the army. Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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The first musical monster movie in years. See more »


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

10 March 1976 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Banana Monster  »


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$60,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Aside from being Landis' first project as a director, the film is also notable for being one of the first jobs for makeup artist Rick Baker. See more »


National Guard Captain: You Wino?
Detective: Detective Sergeant Wino.
National Guard Captain: Yeah, okay. Where are the kids? What are they doing? Burning their draft cards? Huh? Rioting? Wearing that damn long hair? That's what really grinds me, that long hair.
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Detective: I was thinking of cutting my sideburns...
National Guard Captain: Yeah, we can style them. Why don't you come in and have a shampoo too? Say about four o'clock Monday, huh?
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Cal: Can't you guys ...
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Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Transcription by David Gibson
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Schlock in 73, cult classic now.
17 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

The reviews for this movie here are mainly positive. And it's no surprise. This is a very, Very strong first movie. In fact, it looks almost exactly like the more famous Landis movies down to the lighting and editing. It does have some silly stuff in it, and there are scenes to make the picture longer. But the movie never feels constricted by its low budget, it successfully pokes fun at it. Landis is great as the titular ape and Rick Baker's done a great job on the mask - it even allowed Landis to emote. Eric Roberts' wife plays a blind girl who befriends Schlock thinking he's a dog, but soon she regains her sight and then!... Schlock's really funny, it looks like it's someone's first movie only for the first 15 minutes, and then it becomes big and quite enjoyable.

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