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Some Kind of a Nut (1969)

M/PG | | Comedy | 14 September 1970 (Sweden)
In this comedy-satire on conformity, Dick Van Dyke plays a Manhattan bank teller who grows a beard when he develops a rash from a bee sting. He is promptly fired from his job while his ... See full summary »

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Garson Kanin

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Garson Kanin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Fred Amidon
Angie Dickinson ... Rachel Amidon
Rosemary Forsyth ... Pamela Anderson
Zohra Lampert ... Bunny Erickson
Elliott Reid ... Gardner Anderson
Steve Roland Steve Roland ... Baxter Anderson
Dennis King ... Otis Havemeyer
Peter Turgeon ... Thomas Allen Defoe
Pippa Scott ... Doctor Sara
Heywood Hale Broun ... Heywood Hale Broun
Peter Brocco ... Mr. Suzumi
Benny Baker ... The Cabbie (as Ben Baker)
Harry Davis Harry Davis ... Dr. Phillip D. Ball
Roy Roberts ... Mr. Burlingame
Jonathan Hole ... Second Vice President (as Jonathon Hole)
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In this comedy-satire on conformity, Dick Van Dyke plays a Manhattan bank teller who grows a beard when he develops a rash from a bee sting. He is promptly fired from his job while his co-workers stand behind him. Angie Dickinson plays his wife. Written and directed by Garson Kanin ("Born Yesterday"). Written by alfiehitchie

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Commit Yourself! Which Side Of The Face Are You On? See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1970 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The One with the Fuzz See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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According to the book "A Diamond for Moorpark" by Norma Gunter, the working title of this film was "The One with the Fuzz". See more »

Quotes

Pamela Anders: Behind every great man is a woman. Behind that woman is his wife.
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Disappointing counter-culture comedy suffers from a miscast Dick Van Dyke
13 July 2019 | by r-shastaSee all my reviews

An obscure comedy that bombed in movie theaters in 1969, SOME KIND OF A NUT follows the plight of Fred Amidon (Dick Van Dyke), a Manhattan bank teller caught up in a divorce from Rachel (Angie Dickinson) while planning a future with a new fiancée, Pamela (Rosemary Forsyth). The movie opens with Fred and Pamela picnicking in Central Park and encountering a bee that stings Fred on the chin. Fred grows a beard to cover the bee sting, which his boss objects to and demands that he shave it off. Fred refuses, taking a stand after a lifetime of conforming to other people's demands. After he is fired, co-workers go on strike and Fred is soon joined by hippies and jazz musicians with beards. Garson Kanin's very lightweight "anti-Establishment " comedy begins well but quickly wanes with its one-joke plot, descending into mediocre slapstick despite a few zany comedic moments. SOME KIND OF A NUT suffers from a badly miscast Dick Van Dyke, who often defaults to his broad brand of physical comedy when a more low-key approach was clearly needed. Angie Dickinson is totally wasted here, while Rosemary Forsyth does what she can with an unsympathetic character. Much of the intended hilarity falls flat, as in scenes when Pamela's brothers attempt to shave off Fred's beard. Only Zohra Lambert hits a proper note of goofiness as an overage "hippie" enamored of Fred's cause for independence from traditional values.


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