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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Kaufmann ... Michael Corleone
Beverly Hope Atkinson ... Carole
... Angelo "Angie" Corleone (voice)
Terri Haven ... Ida Corleone (voice)
Mary Dean Lauria ... Molly (voice)
Jacqueline Mills ... Rosalyn Schecter (voice)
Lillian Adams ... Rosa (voice)
Charles Gordone ... Crazy Moe (voice)
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Morton Lewis ... (voice)
Bill Striglos ... (voice)
Jay Lawrence ... (voice)
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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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Partially into the films production, Bakshi got into a fight with one of the producers. This resulted in the producers seeking to fire Bakshi and hire Chuck Jones to finish directing the film. When Jones was approached, he declined. See more »

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[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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References The Half-Breed (1952) See more »

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Concerto in B Flat Minor
By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Tchaikovsky)
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What the* did I just see?
26 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

I just finished watching this film, and I couldn't be more in awe. It's definitely one of the most bizarre pieces of true Art that I have seen in recent years, and yet the naked honesty is instantly resonant on a very deep level. This a a very dark look at one short period in a young artist's life in what seems to be New York. Ralph is not afraid to show the extreme in the ordinary, the sublime in the tragic, the sparkling filth that charges the air with horror and magic. This is our world, and his, with all the petty bitterness and hope that goes with it. I am saddened by those who say this film is garbage; I was at times horrified, laughing, moved, angered, and yet I emerged from the experience hopeful. I have rarely ever seen such a pure and rich depth of feeling as with this film. Ralph Bakshi is indeed a Master of our time, and the fact that he is still fairly obscure is a terrible waste. See this film, but keep the kids far away, it's rated R for a reason.


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