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Pulp (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 3 May 1973 (Sweden)
A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta.

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Mike Hodges

Writer:

Mike Hodges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Mickey King
Mickey Rooney ... Preston Gilbert
Lionel Stander ... Ben Dinuccio
Lizabeth Scott ... Betty Cippola
Nadia Cassini ... Liz
Dennis Price ... The Englishman
Al Lettieri ... Miller
Leopoldo Trieste ... Marcovic
Amerigo Tot Amerigo Tot ... Partisan
Robert Sacchi ... The Bogeyman (as Roberto Sacchi)
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Typing Pool Manager
Joe Zammit Cordina ... The Beautiful Thing
Luciano Pigozzi ... Clairvoyant
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ... Office Manageress (as Maria Quasimodo)
Liù Bosisio Liù Bosisio ... 1st Typist (as Liu Bosisio)
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Storyline

Michael King is a seedy writer of sleazy pulp genre novels under a half-dozen sensational pseudonyms whose ambition is to dictate ten thousand words per minute to stenographers a la Earle Stanley Gardner. He's recruited by the agent of Preston Gilbert, a quirky ex-Hollywood star currently living reclusively in exile in Malta, to help him write his biography. Despite being pursued by an enigmatic hitman, Gilbert has a large entourage of eccentrics and remains an inveterate practical joker. After Gilbert is eventually murdered by an apparent Priest, King tries to stay alive while interacting with a variety of idiosyncratic characters including an ersatz Princess, a henpecked clairvoyant, and a cross-dressing hitman. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Write it. Live it. But try not to be it. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Memoirs of a Ghostwriter See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The lines spoken by Luciano Pigozzi (Clairvoyant) and Sir Michael Caine (King) - "I say Goodbye" "...and I say Hello" are likely a reference to the song, "Hello, Goodbye" by The Beatles. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey Rooney is singing Italian songs with a band at an outside banquet, the band calls out for "Sorrento...Torn'a Sorrento." Rooney accedes --- "OK, let's go back to Sorrento," whereupon the band and he break into a rendition of "Santa Lucia" instead !. See more »

Quotes

Mickey King: [voiceover] The day started quietly enough... then I got out of bed. That was my first mistake. My second was to get from here, to here. That's how it all began. That bizarre adventure which put five people in the cemetery. And ruled me out as a customer for laxatives.
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and introducing NADIA CASSINI See more »

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Features Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

O Sole Mio
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Written by Eduardo Di Capua
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A nice easy going comedy.
1 November 2007 | by imdb-19548See all my reviews

This starts of with quite a few good laughs some visual, some slapstick and a few situation based but gets a little more serious as it progresses.

The acting is good with Rooney as the slightly mad client being especially good and Caine is his usual self in the lead.

The one liners are delivered well and the occasional difference between what is narrated and what is acted out is amusing.

The plot is a little thin and when it gets serious it doesn't do it too well.

It's a watchable film with no bad bits and a few good ones but it's nothing special.


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