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The Statue (1971)

Bolt, a British linguist, develops a universal language, so he's a sudden sensation and receives a Nobel prize. An ambitious diplomat, capitalizing on Bolt's celebrity, arranges for the U.S... See full summary »

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Rod Amateau

Writers:

Alec Coppel (play), Denis Norden
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Alex Bolt
Virna Lisi ... Rhonda Bolt
Robert Vaughn ... Ray Whiteley
Ann Bell ... Pat Demarest
John Cleese ... Harry
Tim Brooke-Taylor Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Hillcrest
Hugh Burden ... Sir Geoffrey
Erik Chitty ... Mouser
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Sanders
Susan Travers ... Mrs. Southwick
Desmond Walter-Ellis Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Mr. Southwick
David Allister David Allister ... Mr. Westbury
Maureen Lane Maureen Lane ... Mrs. Westbury
David Mills David Mills ... Mr. Euston
Zoe Sallis ... Mrs. Euston
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Bolt, a British linguist, develops a universal language, so he's a sudden sensation and receives a Nobel prize. An ambitious diplomat, capitalizing on Bolt's celebrity, arranges for the U.S. to commission a statue for a London square to honor Bolt's achievement. Bolt's Italian wife, a renowned artist, sculpts an 18-foot nude of Bolt. In a pique, because he's neglected her for years to do his work, she gives the statue a spectacular phallus, telling Bolt that he wasn't its model. Thinking he's a cuckold, Bolt goes on a jealous search for a man matching the statue. The diplomat, too, wants changes in the statue to protect his conservative image. Can art and love reconcile? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Estátua See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Virna Lisi had to be absent from the set until she recovered from a case of measles. See more »

Quotes

Alex Bolt: [In bed with his wife after a long time apart] I've been waiting to do this for a long time.
Rhonda Bolt: Then do it for a long time.
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Referenced in Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973) See more »

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Music by Luis Bacalov
Lyric by Audrey Nohra
Performed by Tony & The Graduates
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A heartbreaking waste of talent...
22 April 1999 | by Norm P.See all my reviews

When my friends ask me to name the absolutely worst movie I've ever seen, this is the one I always answer with. Considering Amateau's experience with comedy, and the quality of many of the cast members, this is a real disappointment. Maybe the saddest thing is watching David Niven trying to find the inspiration for a -- er -- feature on a statue his wife produced by skulking around lavatories, steam baths, and a bunch of other places. He looks vaguely embarrassed by it all, and really deserved a much better script. The trouble is, the production values of the film are too good for it to have much of a future on the midnight movie circuit. Plan 9, you're safe for now!


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