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Heavy Traffic (1973)

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An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.

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Ralph Bakshi

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Ralph Bakshi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Kaufmann Joseph Kaufmann ... Michael Corleone
Beverly Hope Atkinson Beverly Hope Atkinson ... Carole
Frank DeKova ... Angelo "Angie" Corleone (voice)
Terri Haven Terri Haven ... Ida Corleone (voice)
Mary Dean Lauria Mary Dean Lauria ... Molly (voice)
Jacqueline Mills Jacqueline Mills ... Rosalyn Schecter (voice)
Lillian Adams ... Rosa (voice)
Jamie Farr
Robert Easton
Charles Gordone Charles Gordone ... Crazy Moe (voice)
Michael Brandon ... Voice characterization
Morton Lewis Morton Lewis ... (voice)
Bill Striglos Bill Striglos ... (voice)
Jay Lawrence Jay Lawrence ... (voice)
Lee Weaver ... (voice)
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Storyline

An animated feature which begins, ends and occasionally combines with, live-action filmed on location. A white dropout struggles to create comics and animated films, drawing inspiration from the harsh, gritty world around him. Still sharing his run-down apartment with his middle-aged parents, an oafish slob of an Italian father and a ditzy nut-case of a Jewish mother, he is ridiculed and looked down upon by his friends, hypocrites who run with violent gangs and the Italian Mafia, and a shallow Black girl who makes her living downtown with the pimps and pushers. This cartoonist gets a chance to pitch a film idea to a movie mogul, but the story proves too outrageous: a far-future Earth, destroyed by war and pollution, where a mutant antihero challenges and kills God. Complications ensue when the cartoonist's parents react in irrational ways to his various involvements. Written by orb

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Yiddish

Release Date:

17 November 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Flipper City See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Half way into production as Bakshi was fired (before being re-hired). A different director stepped in and animated a train sequence in which Michael goes to visit his brother-in-law. He is on a subway and witness' a woman sleeping while two men begin to undress her. Michael just watches. As the woman wakes up, she screams "rape" toward Michael. This was in the original script, but was scrapped when Bakshi returned to the project, as he felt the scene was in bad-taste. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Michael: What makes you happy? What makes you happy? Where do you go? Where do you go? Where do you hide? Where do you hide? Who do you see? Who do you see? Who do you trust? Who do you trust? Who do you screw? Who do you screw? What kills the pain? What kills the pain? Game up, game win. Bug around, set it straight. Transaction. Play it hard, hurts so bad. Gotta win. Everyone loses. Everthing loses. Gotta win big. Sick and tired of losing. Where does it all go? Where does it all go? Where ...
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Alternate Versions

In 1974, the film was cut and rereleased with an "R" rating, replacing the previous "X" rated version. See more »


Soundtracks

Scarborough Fair
Performed by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66
Courtesy A & M Records
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Twisted and bizarre... NOT for the Kiddies!
27 July 2004 | by Mr_MirageSee all my reviews

Heavy Traffic is everything you've heard it is... laced with some kind of bizzare sexual reference every other second (it seems) as well as totally insane violence, this brutal, bizarre and strangely sad film is worth one viewing, if for no other reason that to show that in the early '70's, Bakshi was pointing towards a concept of animated film that is only now hinted at.

I would suggest (okay, I AM suggesting) that a lot of Anime, and the useage of animated clips in both Natural Born Killers and Kill Bill (vol. I) point back to this particular film.

My take: watching the hero in "real time" is what the film is showing, with the animated bits being more inside of his head, until the end, where he is blown off by the beautiful woman that he dreams of, where we see one event that exists in his head (notice that it fails, but begins with an act of violence against the pinball machine, and also notice that the man playing with the artificial gunfighter is gunned down while a man >?< is getting naked in the photo booth) and another that ends with a sense that in a few seconds the Mary Tyler Moore theme song is going to begin.

What is real? Well, in the head of someone that creates movies held by the only boundries made inside one's own head, it is a pointless question...


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