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A ski instructor tries to teach a bunch of insanely eccentric people how to ski while dealing with everyone wanting his attention. This very 70's film is like a trip without the acid. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Zalman King ... Johnny

Charlotte Rampling ... Samantha
Joseph Mell ... Burt Stone

Dimitra Arliss ... Liz Stone
Tedd King ... Maxwell Enderby
Dwight Marfield ... Doctor Walter Graham
Freddie James ... Brad Stone
Lori Shelle ... Lisa Stone

Pierre Jalbert ... Roger
Anna Karen ... Golda Lanning
Paul Jabara ... Rocco

Michael Lerner ... Rod
Don Campbell ... Randy

Noah Keen ... Marty (as Noah Keene)
David Chow ... Otto

Penelope Spheeris ... Star the Witch
Deborah Smaller ... Janey
Peter Cecil Read ... Condominium Clerk
Herbie Braha ... One-Armed Waiter (as Herb Braha)
Nawana Davis ... Voice of the New Revolution
Redmond Gleeson ... Head Dope Dealer
Bruce D. Clark ... Slash
Marc Siegler ... Flash
David Dawdy ... Stash
Buck Holland ... Cop One
Hayward Doyle Jr. ... Cop Two
David Hillary Hughes ... Himself

Jackson Browne ... Stoned Guitars
Ned Doheny ... Stoned Guitars
Sylvia Shelle ... Drunk Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Jury
Barbara Grover ... Rose (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce D. Clark 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bruce D. Clark 
Romain Gary  novel
Marc Siegler 

Produced by
David Dawdy .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph Byrd 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
Film Editing by
Bruce D. Clark 
Misha Norland 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Vidor .... first assistant camera
Sven Walnum .... camera operator (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Point Zero" -
"Polttava lumi" - Finland
"Relazione intima" - Italy
"Slalom aquatique" - France (imdb display title)
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136 min | USA:95 min
Sound Mix:
Iceland:16 | USA:R (certificate #22627)

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In 1967 Anatole Litvak was hired to direct. This was a high profile project for producer Joseph E Levine and George Segal remembers meeting writer Romain Gary and his wife Jean Seberg to discuss the role in Paris, but nothing came of it.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
rare hippie classic, 13 September 2003
Author: DJEmbarrassment from NYC

A colleague of mine lent me this movie. Apparently he bought it for 99 cents (or something). Based on the cover (hot-tub, two girls in bikinis, guy with mullet haircut) I was somewhat hesitant to watch it. But, it's raining today, so...

First of all, the cover has NOTHING to do with the movie. It is NOT an action movie, despite what the synopsis says. There is NO action, no violence... there is NO GUY WITH A MULLET!

What we DO have, however, is what appears to be a UCLA film student's project (check the end credits). The opening credits were obviously chopped off to make way for the random title "Point Zero" which isn't the title of the movie at all.

If you enjoy late-60's thrown-together stoned-out flicks, you'll probably love this (especially the scene in Aspen where we meet some funny hippie dudes just... hanging loose).

It's no use to tell you what the movie is about in detail, so I'll make it quick: Ski "bum" gets job teaching rich dude's family how to ski and gets wrapped up in shady business transactions. He struggles to maintain his hippie ideals and not sell-out to the man, dig?

Three things: 1) be prepared for some great "echoplex" tape echo effects on the audio while our hero freaks out constantly. 2) check out a very young Jackson Browne playing guitar at the steam-bath party 3) the music in the movie is by Joseph Byrd (of the band "United States of America" which is classic late 60's acid-drenched psyche music - Beatles meets Charles Ives with many electronic gadgets. worth checking out.)

Peace- DJE

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