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Shampoo (1975)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 13 March 1975 (USA)
Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George
... Jackie
... Jill
... Felicia
... Lester
... Johnny Pope
... Mr. Pettis
Jay Robinson ... Norman
Ann Weldon ... Mary
... Devra
Randy Scheer ... Dennis
Susanna Moore ... Gloria
... Lorna
Mike Olton ... Ricci
Richard E. Kalk ... Detective Younger
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Thirty-something George Roundy is a Beverly Hills hairdresser, who spends as much time sleeping with his female clients as he does doing their hair. Whether they want to admit it, all the women in his life are on the most part aware that they are are not the only one with whom he is sleeping. And some, such as the wealthy and married Felicia Karpf, have a stronger emotional dependence on George than they would like to admit. George's current girlfriend is Jill, an up and coming actress. Jill's best friend is Jackie Shawn, one of George's old girlfriends who left him because he couldn't make a true commitment to her. In turn, Jackie is currently having an affair with Lester Karpf, Felicia's wealthy businessman husband. George is unhappy working at a salon owned by Norman, with whom he is constantly butting heads. In his first act of wanting finally to be a grown up, George wants to open his own salon, but doesn't have the financial resources to do it, and no bank will lend him money ... Written by Huggo

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In a town where anything goes, everything does in this funny bedroom farce. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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13 March 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Holivudski frizer  »

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Box Office

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$49,407,734

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Perhaps to give audiences impression the film was au courant, the movie's poster featured pictures of three leads (Beatty, Christie and Hawn) as they appeared in 1975, not as characters with dated hairstyles they sport in film set in 1968. See more »

Goofs

Coca-Cola can George drinks from while chatting with Lorna is a post 1968 design. See more »

Quotes

Norman: I want you to learn to collect for the coffee, George. Learn to nickel-and-dime. You're going to end up without a pot to pee in.
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Crazy Credits

In opening credits, horror film producer/actor William Castle is billed as "Bill Castle," but in end credits is back to "William Castle." See more »


Soundtracks

Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)
(1963) (uncredited)
Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin
Performed by The Cookies
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why don't more people love shampoo?
1 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

In a recent interview in Cineaste magazine, celeb film critic Pauline Kael described the 1970's as the greatest decade of American movies. She then laid claim by listing her seven favorite films from that period. One of the films mentioned was Shampoo. I couldn't agree more with Pauline. Aside from the lighting and some of the camerawork, everything in the film is about as good as it gets---Robert Towne's ear for common parlance, Beatty's understated charisma, and Ashby's whirlwind direction.

It's strange that more people haven't written about this movie. In many ways, Shampoo seems to have been forgotten, floating somewhere in film history heaven. I live in Los Angeles and have never heard about it being screened anywhere. Dave Kehr and the critical establishment in general have all written it off as a film that hasn't aged well. And I've never seen a book written about either Shampoo or Ashby. Am I living in a vault or is this really the legacy of Shampoo? If you don't like this movie, I urge you to write or contact me. My e-mail address is listed above. I simply don't understand why more people don't


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