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Smile (1975)

PG | | Comedy | 28 March 1977 (Poland)
It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful ... See full summary »

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Michael Ritchie

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Jerry Belson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dern ... Big Bob
Barbara Feldon ... Brenda
Michael Kidd ... Tommy
Geoffrey Lewis ... Wilson
Eric Shea ... Little Bob
Nicholas Pryor ... Andy
Titos Vandis ... Mr. Nachos
Paul Benedict ... Orren Brooks
William Traylor William Traylor ... Ray Brandy
Dennis Dugan ... Logan
Dick McGarvin Dick McGarvin ... Ted Farley
Adam Reed Adam Reed ... Freddy
Brad Thompson Brad Thompson ... Chuck
George Wyner ... Man at Party
George Skaff George Skaff ... Dr. Malvert
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It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful pageant. But Brenda is having marital difficulties and Bob's son is up to some mischief. Could this year's pageant be in jeopardy? Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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An American dream, peaches and cream... Maybe she'll go all the way See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1977 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Lauter nette Mädchen See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Rosa, California, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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This is Annette O'Toole's first theatrical feature film. See more »

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When Robin is playing the flute, she takes a breath while the flute sound continues. See more »

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Crazy Credits

Because Mara Finerty's most noticeable scene in the movie shows her saying, "Rotting maggots of death, crawling out of the skull of war," she is listed in the closing credits as "Maggots Girl." See more »

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Beauty's slimy underbelly
17 March 2000 | by MarquisDDSee all my reviews

So rarely do we find such a dark and acidic commentary filmed in such an exquisitely light fashion. "American Beauty" is an example of success in this genre, but the relatively obscure "Smile" reigns supreme.

It lays bare all the emptiness and hypocrisy of suburban America relentlessly and without mercy, and yet somehow manages to keep itself funny and bright and rarely deals with its subject matter with an overt contempt or scorn.

"Agent 99" Barbara Feldon is superb as the veneer ice-queen teen beauty pageant coordinator -- all diplomacy and smiles glossing over a charred and empty soul. (She greets the dog with smiles and kisses then ignores the husband.) Likewise, Bruce Dern portrays his vapid community leader role with perfect candor, and it becomes delicious to see him question what he perceived as the status quo.

A truly classic and trail-blazing film, well directed and edited and brilliantly written and acted. Such a shame it remains so obscure and unknown. This is one of my top five favourite films and becomes richer and more intricate with each viewing.

And I will never hear Nat King Cole sing the title song again and not picture the strained and pained perma-grins as the opening shot pans across the hopeful beauty contestants.


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