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Greaser's Palace (1972)

A parable based on the life of Christ. This ain't your father's Bible story, full of references about the destruction of the world through massive constipation and a New Mexican setting.

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Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey)

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Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Henderson Albert Henderson ... Seaweedhead Greaser
Michael Sullivan Michael Sullivan ... Lamy 'Homo' Greaser
Luana Anders ... Cholera
George Morgan George Morgan ... Coo Coo
Ronald Nealy Ronald Nealy ... Card Man / Ghost
Larry Moyer Larry Moyer ... Captain Good
John Paul Hudson John Paul Hudson ... Smiley
Jackson S. Haynes Jackson S. Haynes ... Rope Man
Lawrence Wolf Lawrence Wolf ... French Padre (as Larry Wolf)
Alex Hitchcock Alex Hitchcock ... Nun
Pablo Ferro ... Indian
Toni Basil ... Indian Girl
Stan Gottlieb Stan Gottlieb ... Spitunia
Hervé Villechaize ... Mr. Spitunia
Don Smolen ... Gip
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A parable based on the life of Christ. This ain't your father's Bible story, full of references about the destruction of the world through massive constipation and a New Mexican setting. Written by <Jonah13@nycnet.com>

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He's got the boogie on his fingers & the hubba-hubba in his soul!

Genres:

Comedy | Western

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le paradis du Mexician See more »

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Production Co:

Greaser's Palace Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Toni Basil, the singer of the hit 1981 song "Mickey," appears as "Indian Girl" in this film. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the girl wakes to find her lover's throat cut she stands up wearing partially see-thru period underwear and you can see she is wearing tight-fitting modern panties underneath. See more »

Quotes

Seaweedhead Greaser: [to Lamy] You're not a homo, you're a Greaser!
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Soundtracks

Turquoise Skies
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by Robert Downey Sr.
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downey's best - think brautigan on film
17 December 2002 | by SatyrIXSee all my reviews

I'm sure there's no such thing as a perfect robert downey movie, but some are better than others; some Downey movies are even better than other movies, generally speaking - and for its best sequences & acting, this obscure, lysergic cinematic parable, rates as one of the most memorable & thought-provoking films I've ever discovered. Downey is super-Altman; the Christian satire is simultaneously Neitzschean & Brautiganesque - Allan Arbus is excellent.

Downsides to the movie are several, & typical of this filmmaker - easily a third of the movie is incoherent boring & gratuitous - Downey's self-referential homages to family & friends are typical of independent filmmakers; Downey has literally taken this type of nepotism to the level of art, but it never succeeds, in any of his movies. Yet none of his other films achieve the kind of profundity this one at least occasionally does. & in spite of its excesses & shortcomings, the film brims with political & poetic energy & ideas. Quite probably this is the work of a director who thinks the raggedness & incoherence & navel-gazing are all enhancements, or at least necessary to The Experience (etc., etc.). Bow-tied think-tankers might remain unmoved by the delicate insights of Downey. But I'd have to go so far as to say Greaser's Palace stands as a far more compelling & visceral evocation of the drug dazed visionary daydreaming that preoccupied so many well-endowed minds in the sixties & very early seventies than do, e.g., Nicholson's 'Head' or Hopper's 'Last Picture Show'. Downey, Arbus & Co. at least have much more brain to fry.


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