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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.

Director:

Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey)

Writer:

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 ... 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

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le paradis du Mexicain See more »

Company Credits

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

Robert Downey, Jr., the son of the writer-director of the film, has an uncredited role as a Quasimodo-like child. Elsie Downey who played "the Woman" was Robert Downey Sr.'s wife. Also in the cast were Allyson Downey and Stacy Sheehan, Downey Sr.'s daughter and niece. 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: I'm not bizarre enough.
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Turquoise Skies
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by Robert Downey Sr.
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A Stranger Arrives
11 May 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

Dressed in a 1920s zoot suit, an amateur magician parachutes in an Old West town where he causes unrest by performing tricks that the locals believe are miracles in this decidedly weird western from Robert Downey Sr. Written as a deliberately anachronistic character, the protagonist here is intriguing; as his tricks involve healing the sick and walking on water, he is clearly modeled on Christ, yet with the way he dresses and lands in town, it is as if he has been sent from the future back to the Wild West. Whatever the case, Allan Arbus (of 'M*A*S*H' fame) is excellent in the lead role, remaining calm and collected throughout (turn the other cheek) and always very enthusiastic about performing - even when a card guessing trick terribly backfires. For a Christ-like figure, he is highly subverted, encouraging kindness and good will by getting those he comes across to applaud his acts and marvel at his showmanship. For all its ambition though, 'Greaser's Palace' remains a highly episodic motion picture, often coming across as a series of loose sketches than a plot-driven story - something that dulls the religious parable at hand and makes the overall experience a tad uneven. There are some great running gags in the mix too though, such as Arbus constantly bringing local black sheep Michael Sullivan back to life, much to the outcast's constant bewilderment.


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