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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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The Broadway Show That is Still Shocking New York Is Now a Movie! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title is a pun on the French phrase, "Oh, quel cul t'as!", meaning, "Oh, what a cute bum you have!" It is taken, pun and all, from a painting Clovis Trouille (1889-1975) "Oh! Calcutta! Calcutta!". The title is written on the original painting at the right on the lower edge. The image of the painting appears in the background in the beginning. 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 »

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Referenced in House M.D.: Open and Shut (2010) See more »

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Terrible, terrible play, filmed poorly
2 February 2011 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

After the musical Hair combined a little nudity with a lot of witty, tuneful songs, Oh Calcutta came along and combined a lot of nudity with a number of remarkably dull sketches.

For the most part, these sketches appear to have a humorous intent, yet none of them come close to be really funny, although one short sketch about masturbating is mildly amusing. And at the end the actors put words in the mouths of the audience, and some of those lines are actually pretty good.

My first inclination was to stop watching altogether, but when I looked up the play in Wikipedia I saw that the sketches had been written by a number of famous people, including Jules Pfeiffer and Sam Shepard. So what I did was, I would watch the first few minutes of a sketch, fast forward when I got bored, check out a little of the sketch later on to see if it got better, which it never did, and go to the next sketch.

There are also a couple of naked dance numbers, which, like everything else, aren't especially good. And there are a few songs, co-written by the guy who created P.D.Q. Bach, that are really cheesy and bland.

In terms of the filming of the play, the beginning is awful. You see the audience (clearly not a real audience but actors chosen to look like an uptight crowd) and then backstage footage of the actors. Then there's some annoying video effects when the play starts. After that the director settles down for the most part and just lets the play unfold, but since it's a bad play, that's little comfort.

Why was Oh Calcutta one of the longest running Broadway plays? I've got to assume it's all the naked people. I think at the time it just seemed daring to go watch naked people grope each other on stage and talk about masturbation and wife swapping. It was transgressive and revolutionary. Unfortunately, it was also really bad.

It's so annoying that there's video of the original Oh Calcutta but none, so far as I can tell, of the original Hair. All we have is that horrible movie made in the seventies in which they took the name and a few of the songs and created something new and much worse. How is that fair?


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