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Plot: New York tourist Tony Curtis falls asleep on a Southern California beach on his first night in the West and wakes up to The New Phantasmagoria--catamarans, surfers (including a dog), bodybuilders, acrobats, motorcycle chicken races, a nut fishing in the shallows . . . and Sharon Tate as a skydiver… Runtime: 97 min Release Date: 15 Sep 1967
Colorful trip back to the '60s in California (by sfride67)
I like to watch movies as I workout on my exercise bike, and this movie was visually entertaining--all those sights and sounds and styles of Southern California in the late '60s, big fun. Sure, this is a 'light read' but it is a colorful chronicle and a trip back to Muscle Beach, dude. Well, that's all I had planned to say until I was prompted to write more text--I have to write a minimum of ten lines. Whoa, that's like taking an essay test. How am I going to write ten lines about this movie? I'm not a movie reviewer. Well, pass me the popcorn and let me give this a <more>
go. It starts with a guy and his Volkswagen and if you watch it, you'll see what happens next. Thanks for reading my movie review. I think it was excellent.
The director of this movie is Alexander Mackendrick and this was his last picture. In this film he employs Tony Curtis in his usual eventful role within a comedy of the sixties in America. Alexander Mackendrick and Tony Curtis have worked before in the brilliant "Sweet Smell Of Success" 1957 . In that 1957 film, along with the acting talent of Burt Lancaster and the co-writing skills of Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, we were all graced with a unique and bold film that shed light into the brutal business world of any kind.In this 1967 film, apart from Tony Curtis, there are many <more>
other stars who have enough star power and present in particular well- crafted characters for the film to take off. Unfortunately, the film did not manage to do so at the box-office. The film was based on the novel Muscle Beach by Ira Wallach and was a an effort to present a usual comedy, a type that was very popular in America during the mid sixties, through a unpretentious way of satirizing the morals and ethics of America. The film did not try to take a stab at the muscle beach culture, instead it tried to pose the sallowness and empty vanity of the other part of Californian America that proves to be more pitiful when compared to the easy target of body building oriented people.We see those cliché attacks towards body builders, vanity-oriented women and corporate suits through our main character and we are enjoying his own personal need to manipulate his surroundings and reach his main goal which is nothing more than a carnal realization of a fantasy. That fantasy is all well understood because it is based on the stunning looks of Sharon Tate, one of the most beautiful women that graced the film industry. Tony Curtis manages to make us follow him through his devious efforts and we all want to see him succeed. Without even knowing, we all project our inner vanity in his character and we root for him. Tony Curtis builds an empty world that crumbles mostly inside of him. We witness this crumbling in its most manifested way where the non-examined course towards the American dream California style is bound to face the mudslides that always hide around the corner of a swallow way of living.Overall, even though most people did not appreciate this unusual and subtle satire, this picture stands as a pleasurable experience for people who wish to see a beach comedy movie that takes an inward stand against empty and self gratifying meanings of life.
Weather Report......a tsunami set to strike Malibu. (by copper1963)
Perfect posture and great bodies dominate in this oddball Tony Curtis comedy. Just about everyone in these reels of celluloid has a superb physique: Claudia Cardinale, Sharon Tate, and even the muscle men pumping iron on the beach. Hard to believe fact: this movie was based on a novel! Some of the bloated beach bums must have stumbled in from a "method" acting class. The leader savors every line of dialog as if it was Milton or Shakespeare. Weird. The setting is radiant to the eye. The special effects people deserve a gold metal for delivering some of the most realistic shots, up to <more>
that time, of the ground cracking open and an upscale villa sliding and tumbling down a steep embankment and into the surf. Impressive. It's sad to see Sharon Tate--so young and pretty--just three years before the Manson Gang got their hands on her. Miss Tate's character is skilled in many physical pursuits: trampoline and skydiving included. In one improbable scene, she saves Tony Curtis, James Bond-like, by strapping herself to the free-falling con-man. Miss Cardinale has the curves to match her rival, but she is straddled with shrill dialog and a cranky demeanor. Jim Backus plays himself and performs his "Mister Magoo" routine. I think the movie works so well because it perfectly captures the Southern California scene at a time when many things were changing--and not always for the best. The mid-sixties was the last gasp of a more innocent time and cinema. View after midnight--it rocks.
This is one of my favorite movies about Los Angeles. It has everything.Gorgeous locations on the beach, stunningly beautiful actors, a brilliant and witty script full of hilarious, exageratted incidents which are nevertheless typical of LA.It is not only funny but engaging, the plot is interesting. It was even better the second time I saw it on the big screen, where it is best seen.I was totally captivated by this film.I find this film much wittier and funnier, for example, than "Some Like It Hot", also with Curtis, and I find Sharon Tate much sexier than Monroe in that film.The <more>
plot is a bit crazy but compeletely believable and consistent with itself and reality; as a comedy it falls in the exagerrated or surrealistic category, only slightly dark because of the various difficulties that beset the hero.Above all it is a brilliant comment on Los Angeles of the sixties and is still valid in the 2000's. An overlooked gem, a great cast, which may work best for those who have lived in LA.Another film like this, with good LA locations, less comedy more suspense, is "Into the Night".