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Smile (1975)

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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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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Comedy

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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:

Santa Rosa, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Dern improvised part of his dialogue in the scene where he talks with the Marines. In the original script he was just suppose to simply end the conversation and leave. See more »

Goofs

One of the audience members seen prominently during opening scene in Imperial Valley pageant later shows up again in closeup as Santa Rosa businessmen attending Bears Club luncheon. See more »

Quotes

Brenda: Another evening of sarcasm and self-pity...
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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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References All in the Family (1971) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
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Smile
5 December 2011 | by merlin-jonesSee all my reviews

SMILE hits home as it was filmed in the summer of 1974 when I graduated from high school, in Sonoma County, where Santa Rosa is. It is an accurate representation of Santa Rosa, 1974. I know many of the people in it, and my friends white 62 Chevy Impala is used. I can point out to many faces in the audience during the pageant, including an old high school history teacher. For me now it is a ghost town movie, as the current Santa Rosa has grown 3 times the size. The town you see in the film has been developed out of existence, and now seems like a dream. SMILE is based on the Junior Miss Pageant, which use to be held at The Veteran's Memorial, where the filmed pageant takes place. Mark Ritchie coached the paid actors well, as I could believe they were like local folks acting out as Santa Rosans. As a Cultural Anthropology study Smile is a gem. It is a time capsule to 1970's Santa Rosa. Another film to see is Hitchcock's Shadow Of A Doubt. It too takes place in Santa Rosa around 1942, and has many points of location gone by the time Smile was filmed. Thorton Wilder wrote the Hitchcock screenplay for Santa Rosa, as he saw it as the best example of a American small town. The same can be said about Smile, but now Santa Rosa is an edge city.


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