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Shampoo (1975)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 13 March 1975 (USA)
Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968.

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Johnny Pope
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Mr. Pettis
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Mary
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Devra
Randy Scheer ...
Dennis
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Gloria
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Mike Olton ...
Ricci
Richard E. Kalk ...
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Thirty-something George Roundy is a Beverly Hills hairdresser, who spends as much time sleeping with his female clients as he does doing their hair. Whether they want to admit it, all the women in his life are on the most part aware that they are are not the only one with whom he is sleeping. And some, such as the wealthy and married Felicia Karpf, have a stronger emotional dependence on George than they would like to admit. George's current girlfriend is Jill, an up and coming actress. Jill's best friend is Jackie Shawn, one of George's old girlfriends who left him because he couldn't make a true commitment to her. In turn, Jackie is currently having an affair with Lester Karpf, Felicia's wealthy businessman husband. George is unhappy working at a salon owned by Norman, with whom he is constantly butting heads. In his first act of wanting finally to be a grown up, George wants to open his own salon, but doesn't have the financial resources to do it, and no bank will lend him money ... Written by Huggo

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In a town where anything goes, everything does in this funny bedroom farce. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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13 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Holivudski frizer  »

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$49,407,734 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carrie Fisher said she was cast in the role mainly through family connections. She said when Warren Beatty ran lines with her, he did it while eating. She said the whole thing for her was a lark. She also admitted years later in an article she wrote for Rolling Stone magazine that star Beatty unsuccessfully propositioned her. See more »

Goofs

Coca-Cola can George drinks from while chatting with Lorna is a post 1968 design. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Shawn: You must be a very important executive.
Sid Roth: Well, whatever I am, I could get you whatever you want.
Jackie Shawn: Hm?
[points to George]
Jackie Shawn: Well, what I really want is to suck his cock.
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In opening credits, horror film producer/actor William Castle is billed as "Bill Castle," but in end credits is back to "William Castle." See more »

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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.8 (2004) See more »

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Mr. Soul
(1967) (uncredited)
Written by Neil Young
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
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Underrated Classic
30 July 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that all takes place in one 24-hour period. When such movies work, the changes in the characters' lives feel more real and intense. So it is in "Shampoo", as we watch George's world slowly crumble.

Rarely has a movie-star's real life persona been used to better effect. Warren Beatty gives a moving performance as a guy who sincerely does not intend to hurt anyone, but he becomes a victim of his own allure. He is supported by fantastic ensemble acting.

Written by Beatty and Robert Towne (Chinatown), and directed by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Being There), "Shampoo" is Hollywood moviemaking at its best, and it deserves to be ranked with its more well-known contemporaries, like "M*A*S*H", "Annie Hall", and "The Sting". Its theme of the emptiness of unchecked promiscuity is still relevant in a culture where sex is more of a commodity than ever.


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