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Hollywood Boulevard (1976)

In this satire on 70s B-movie industry, a young ditsy pretty blond arrives in Hollywood to try her luck as an actress. After some mishap, a shady agent finds her a job with a sleazy B-movie crew plagued by strange deadly accidents.

Directors:

Allan Arkush, Joe Dante

Writer:

Danny Opatoshu (screenplay) (as Patrick Hobby)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Woronov ... Mary McQueen
Paul Bartel ... Erich Von Leppe
George Wagner George Wagner ... Cameraman
Jonathan Kaplan ... Scotty
Tara Strohmeier ... Jill McBain
Richard Doran Richard Doran ... P.G.
Candice Rialson ... Candy Wednesday
Dick Miller ... Walter Paisley
John Kramer John Kramer ... Duke Mantee
W.L. Luckey W.L. Luckey ... Rico Bandello
Jeffrey Kramer ... Patrick Hobby
Rita George Rita George ... Bobbi Quackenbush
David Boyle ... Obnoxious Kid
Glenn K. Shimada Glenn K. Shimada ... Ubiqutious Filipino
Joseph McBride ... Drive-In Rapist
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Storyline

Joe Dante directs this story of the glamour, the glitter, the magical allure of Hollywood... and not a speck of it rubs off on Miracle Pictures, where "If it's a good picture, it's a Miracle." This is a hilarious tribute to the unsung heroes who grind out the B movies massacred by critics, but nursed fondly in the hearts of film fans everywhere. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Taglines:

The "Ben-Hur" of Exploitation Movies! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Starlets See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original title for this film was "Starlets." See more »

Quotes

Erich Von Leppe: Now Bobbi, this is your big moment. You have the line that sums up the entire inner meaning, the core, the essence of the entire film. Are you ready? All right. Action!
Bobbi Quackenbush: [naked, holding a machete to a naked man's throat] Now get it up or I'll cut it off!
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New World self parody
6 March 2011 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Ultra-cheap even by New World Pictures standards, naive go-getter with stars in her eyes Candice Rialson ("my friends call me Candy") finds herself the reluctant débutante in a z-grade Phillipino actioner when her shonky agent (Miller) signs her up for stunt work in the latest film of the "Miracle Pictures" assembly line. The last stunt girl died as a result of the paltry set conditions but Candy is willing to give almost anything a go if it means an opportunity to make it big. Initially duped into robbing a bank that she thinks is a hidden camera role, "Hollywood Boulevard" chronicles Candy's coming of age as she matures in the sordid, tempestuous industry of exploitation film.

Really just a self parody, directors Dante and Arkush have spared much expense cobbling together this endless parade of in-jokes and raunch, with dialogue to die for ("now get it up, or I'll cut if off") and enough skin to make a porn star blush. Bartel is amusing as the ultra efficient director, desperate to placate his high maintenance leading lady (Woronov) and come in under budget, while Jeffrey Kramer (fresh from "Jaws") trundles out the banal scripts like confetti at a wedding, while wooing Candy on the side.

Lots of bare flesh, flying limbs, simulated sex and corny double entendres to offend almost everybody, and, a bizarre blue grass musical number of zero relevance thrown in for good measure. If you're not a devotee of the New World Pictures experience, then doubtful "Hollywood Boulevard" will be your cup of tea; for everyone else, it's a trademark romp down to the usual standards.


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