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Nickelodeon (1976)

A lawyer, then a writer, then a film director, is the career path of the bashful Leo Harrigan. But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with his leading lady, who ... See full summary »

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Peter Bogdanovich

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... Leo Harrigan
Burt Reynolds ... Buck Greenway
Tatum O'Neal ... Alice Forsyte
Brian Keith ... H.H. Cobb
Stella Stevens ... Marty Reeves
John Ritter ... Franklin Frank
Jane Hitchcock ... Kathleen Cooke
Jack Perkins ... Michael Gilhooley
Brion James ... Bailiff
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Judge
Joe Warfield Joe Warfield ... Defense Attorney
Tamar Cooper Tamar Cooper ... Edna Mae Gilhooley
Alan Gibbs ... Patents Hooligan
Mathew Anden Mathew Anden ... Hecky
Lorenzo Music Lorenzo Music ... Mullins
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Storyline

A lawyer, then a writer, then a film director, is the career path of the bashful Leo Harrigan. But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with his leading lady, who chooses to reward his attentions by getting herself hitched to Harrigan's vulgar leading man, Buck Greenaway. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Dreams. 5 cents. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquella locura del cine See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (Director's Cut)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-to-late 1970s about Tinseltown, Old Hollywood and its Golden Age including the Silent Film era. The pictures include Fedora (1978), Inserts (1975), Valentino (1977), Nickelodeon (1976), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), Hearts of the West (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), The World's Greatest Lover (1977), Gable and Lombard (1976), Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976), Bud and Lou (1978), and W.C. Fields and Me (1976). Bogie (1980) and Mommie Dearest (1981) would soon follow as well. See more »

Quotes

H.H. Cobb: We'll have to leave now. This room is on fire.
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Alternate Versions

A black-and-white director's cut runs seven minutes longer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Doslo doba da se ljubav proba (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Streets of Laredo
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Arranged by Richard Hazard
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not as bad as it's said to be
26 April 2005 | by macduff50See all my reviews

The critical "view" of this film is that it's a dog. But that's only true if you want to see films through the eyes of critics; and when this one came out, the critics were gunning for Bogdanovich. Why? Who knows. They were gunning for Spielberg when "1941" came out, the difference being that Spielberg bounced back. Bogdanovich never really did, but that doesn't make "Nickelodeon" a bad film. True, it has no appreciable story, but it's a nifty little love letter to the makers of those early movies; which is why it has equal parts slapstick and straight drama. It's affectionate rather than melodramatic, and has a convincing evocation of what it must have been like to be around, scuffling on the edges of fame and fortune with this weird new invention, motion pictures. It's not going to scare you, or thrill you with wall to wall CGI pyrotechnics, it doesn't have a cast of thousands, and it didn't bankrupt a studio to make it. It's a good little film, well made, solidly cast and directed, and in general, well acted. A lot of what we like in film depends on our expectations. The critics were gunning for Bogdanovich because they were expecting Art with a capital A; instead what they got were a lifelong film fan's notes. Enjoy.


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