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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

Writer:

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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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:

California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

the film's distribution company United Artists only had four of their own theaters in the US and it was decided that that the movie will play only there and that they won't spend much on advertising the movie since it was projected that the movie won't bring back any money either way. The movie's director Michael Ritchie, who loved the project, tried to promote the movie himself because of this by traveling to the cities where the United Artists theaters were located with a few girls from the cast to do on the spot promotions. Unfortunately, this didn't help the movie much and it still made little business. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Ted Farley: Isn't she lovely? Aren't they all lovely? Isn't everyone lovely?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Smile
(1936)
Music by Charles Chaplin
Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
Nat King Cole is heard through the Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Say cheese
4 June 2001 | by chris.murray3See all my reviews

As with all the great episodic ensemble films (If..., Fame, Nashville, M*A*S*H)it's the little touches that makes this film quite so deliriously wonderful e.g.: The wide-eyed girl's nervousness of the orchestra; the cop's recapture of Little Bob's two accomplices; Maria's expression as the winners of the pageant are being announced; "...and that girl had a wooden foot"; and so on.

All of the cast are uniformly excellent, not one of them, major or minor, misses a beat.

This is one film that invites repeated viewings, until it almost feels like an old friend. I think that we should start a campaign to get this film the recognition it deserves.


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