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Hammersmith Is Out (1972)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 12 May 1972 (USA)
The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor (Sir Peter Ustinov) of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Richard Burton) ... See full summary »

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Peter Ustinov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Jimmie Jean Jackson
Richard Burton ... Hammersmith
Peter Ustinov ... Doctor
Beau Bridges ... Billy Breedlove
Leon Ames ... General Sam Pembroke
Leon Askin ... Dr. Krodt
George Raft ... Guido Scartucci
John Schuck ... Henry Joe
Marjorie Eaton ... Princess
Lisa Jak Lisa Jak ... Kiddo
Linda Gaye Scott ... Miss Quim
Mel Berger Mel Berger ... Fat Man
Anthony Holland ... Oldham
Brook Williams ... Pete Rutter
Carl Donn Carl Donn ... Cleopatra
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Storyline

The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor (Sir Peter Ustinov) of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Richard Burton) offers the innocent orderly (Beau Bridges) vast riches if he'll help him escape. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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HAMMERSMITH, master criminal and nut, is out. Watch Out ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Engrenagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This movie was cast with such veteran actors as Leon Ames and George Raft in supporting roles. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: [taking Hammersmith back to the asylum] It's the end of a chapter, Hammersmith; time to turn the page.
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Connections

Referenced in Andy Hamilton's Search for Satan (2011) See more »

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For Openers
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Sally Stevens
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"It is inelegant to rob from the poor before you rob from the rich...besides, it takes far too much time."
27 April 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Reworking of the Faust legend has a slovenly, nose-picking orderly at a mental institution helping a patient to escape in exchange for a life of privilege. Taking along a roadside diner waitress on his journey, the young man eventually becomes one of the most successful men in the world--but at the expense of personal happiness. Crummy-looking satirical enterprise, scattered with absurdist humor and "Cleopatra" in-jokes, has enough interest in it for about 40 minutes of its length. The quirky match-up of material and cast (a haggard Richard Burton, an overly-tanned Elizabeth Taylor, and a pitilessly miscast Beau Bridges) can't carry the poorly-paced film beyond that. Taylor, in a variety of wigs, gives the picture a little bounce in the early stages; but when she's turned into a vindictive shrew, her role seems to evaporate--and yet she hangs around without anything to do. Bridges gives a ruinous performance; attempting to play a rough-hewn rube, the well-spoken actor cannot get a grip on his role. There's no story arc showing us the passage of time, and each new episode looks like it was cooked up on the spot. Director Peter Ustinov (who has an extraneous role as a psychiatrist with a Viennese accent) flails about behind the camera, alternating rude comedy with a messy narrative structure that simply gets worse as the film progresses. * from ****


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