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The Ski Bum (1971)

A ski instructor tries to teach a bunch of insanely eccentric people how to ski while dealing with everyone wanting his attention. This very 70's film is like a trip without the acid.

Director:

Bruce D. Clark

Writers:

Bruce D. Clark, Romain Gary (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zalman King ... Johnny
Charlotte Rampling ... Samantha
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Burt Stone
Dimitra Arliss ... Liz Stone
Tedd King Tedd King ... Maxwell Enderby
Dwight Marfield Dwight Marfield ... Doctor Walter Graham
Freddie James Freddie James ... Brad Stone
Lori Shelle Lori Shelle ... Lisa Stone
Pierre Jalbert ... Roger
Anna Karen Anna Karen ... Golda Lanning
Paul Jabara Paul Jabara ... Rocco
Michael Lerner ... Rod
Don Campbell Don Campbell ... Randy
Noah Keen ... Marty (as Noah Keene)
David Chow David Chow ... Otto
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A ski instructor tries to teach a bunch of insanely eccentric people how to ski while dealing with everyone wanting his attention. This very 70's film is like a trip without the acid.

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skiing | independent film | See All (2) »

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He thinks the system stinks... the feeling is mutual! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Point Zero See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This was originally intended as a project for Peter O'Toole. He left the movie to make The Lion in Winter (1968) instead and the film was temporarily abandoned. See more »


Soundtracks

The American Metaphysical Circus
Written by Joseph Byrd
Vocal by Dorothy Moscowitz
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drug-induced brilliance!
11 September 2002 | by Pookie-10See all my reviews

Here is another example of a film that could have ONLY been made in the '69-71' period. Things were loose, strange, in transition, crazy creative idea's abound. But here is a film I cannot for the LIFE of me understand why it has not received more attention or acclaim over the years. Not even a single comment here on he IMDB! (which is a rarity) I feel like I should write a detailed review of The Ski Bum, it deserves it. But somehow I'm in the same kind of mood Zalmon King's character was (looking exactly like a brooding young Sean Penn throughout the entire film) Charlotte Rampling does that 'ravenous kinky seductress' thing she does best, not unlike in "The Night Porter". I suspect the average simple minded movie-goer would not take an interest or understanding to this film due to it's 'stream-of-consciousness' nature. Average humans need to have cohesive plots and things explained, but they can't seem to handle sheer brilliance in it's many forms. I do not belong in this world. After seeing this film I realize that my interests, films, idea's will certainly NEVER 'fit in' to the real and practical world, so why am I here?


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