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Oh! Calcutta! (1972)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | June 1972 (USA)
Based on the controversial off-Broadway musical comedy revue, "Oh! Calcutta! is a series of musical numbers about sex and sexual mores. Most of the skits feature one or more performers in ... See full summary »

Director:

Jacques Levy

Writers:

Kenneth Tynan (deviser), Robert Benton (contributions) | 11 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Raina Barrett Raina Barrett ... Test Girl / Various Roles
Mark Dempsey Mark Dempsey ... Alfred / Dr. Jaspers / Various Roles
Samantha Harper ... Helen / Dumb Nurse / Various Roles
Patricia Hawkins Patricia Hawkins ... Jill / Various Roles
Bill Macy ... Monte / Mute Physican / Various Roles
Mitchell McGuire ... Dick / Various Roles
Gary Rethmeier Gary Rethmeier ... Dale / Pearloyster / Various Roles
Margo Sappington Margo Sappington ... Cherie / Various Roles
Nancy Tribush Nancy Tribush ... Jane / Sue Ellen / Dr. Bronson / Various Roles
George Welbes George Welbes ... Jack / Various Roles
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Based on the controversial off-Broadway musical comedy revue, "Oh! Calcutta! is a series of musical numbers about sex and sexual mores. Most of the skits feature one or more performers in either a state of undress, simulating sex, or both. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Taglines:

Oh! Calcutta! is in town. On screen. And everything you missed on stage is here! You'd better believe it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merikoi to kratoun akoma psila See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Elkins Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The stage version of 'Oh! Calcutta!' opened at the Eden Theater on June 17, 1969, and ran for 1,314 performances. A revival opened at the Eden Theater on September 24, 1976, and ran for 5,959 performances. As of February 2013, this is the seventh longest-running show on Broadway. See more »

Goofs

During the finale, the camera crew is reflected in the mirrors. As the camera pans around, a crew member tries to run out of the shot. See more »

Alternate Versions

Video and DVD version runs 123 minutes with an extra scene shot in a park setting. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Countdown: Episode #73.76 (2015) See more »

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Yuck. Sweaty naked people.
14 April 1999 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Filmed record of the live stage play (complete with an upscale audience arriving confused and leaving bored). It begins behind the scenes just prior to curtain with the male and female actors in the dressing room completely naked applying body make-up to various body parts and discussing if they should invite relatives to the play which will feature scenes in which the entire cast is...naked. The play begins with the actors lined up across the stage slowly dancing...naked. What follows is a series of comedic musical sex skits (mostly unfunny) with many of the players...naked. After you see the actors cavort naked together the rest is anticlimatic and boring. Bill Macy of TV's "Maude" dangles his privates as if he were playing percussion instruments. If that's not enough to avoid this film I don't know what is. Raina Barrett and Samantha Harper are cute and nice to look at though. Nudity was a brave new world to off-Broadway and the actors were all pretty brave to risk exposure (sorry for the pun) to ridicule. It is obvious that the nude actors find support and comfort appearing in mass with the other nude actors. More than once we see them in a huddle. I saw a revival a few years back and that same uneasiness did not exist (the lead female was an ex-Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and centerfold). Each of those actors were of the new breed which would be comfortable soloing nude on stage. The audience was expecting a strip show, and got it.

Oh Calcutta! can not be revived anymore than the sixties can. The pioneers of nude theater were pioneers but looking back there's really not much to see. Oh Calcutta! still exists, without the male actors, in strip joints across America.


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