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Pulp (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 3 May 1973 (Sweden)
A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta.

Director:

Mike Hodges

Writer:

Mike Hodges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Mickey King
Mickey Rooney ... Preston Gilbert
Lionel Stander ... Ben Dinuccio
Lizabeth Scott ... Betty Cippola
Nadia Cassini ... Liz
Dennis Price ... The Englishman
Al Lettieri ... Miller
Leopoldo Trieste ... Marcovic
Amerigo Tot Amerigo Tot ... Partisan
Robert Sacchi ... The Bogeyman (as Roberto Sacchi)
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Typing Pool Manager
Joe Zammit Cordina ... The Beautiful Thing
Luciano Pigozzi ... Clairvoyant
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ... Office Manageress (as Maria Quasimodo)
Liù Bosisio Liù Bosisio ... 1st Typist (as Liu Bosisio)
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Storyline

Michael King is a seedy writer of sleazy pulp genre novels under a half-dozen sensational pseudonyms whose ambition is to dictate ten thousand words per minute to stenographers a la Earle Stanley Gardner. He's recruited by the agent of Preston Gilbert, a quirky ex-Hollywood star currently living reclusively in exile in Malta, to help him write his biography. Despite being pursued by an enigmatic hitman, Gilbert has a large entourage of eccentrics and remains an inveterate practical joker. After Gilbert is eventually murdered by an apparent Priest, King tries to stay alive while interacting with a variety of idiosyncratic characters including an ersatz Princess, a henpecked clairvoyant, and a cross-dressing hitman. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Taglines:

Pulp means paperback books and pulverized bodies. Mickey King writes pulp, lives pulp and very soon could be pulp. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Memoirs of a Ghostwriter See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Spike Milligan wrote a letter to Producer Michael Klinger following a television screening of this movie in 1977. Milligan was considering sending a letter to animal cruelty organizations until he was reassured that a pig hunting scene involved no actual harm to the pigs. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey Rooney is singing Italian songs with a band at an outside banquet, the band calls out for "Sorrento...Torn'a Sorrento." Rooney accedes --- "OK, let's go back to Sorrento," whereupon the band and he break into a rendition of "Santa Lucia" instead !. See more »

Quotes

Mickey King: [voiceover] At the time, I was living abroad. I was already a writer, having three years before left London - and a lucrative job as a funeral director. It was the family business of my wife, whom I'd deserted together with my three children. Handling stiffs was hardly the life for someone with a burning creative urge. So I elbowed the loved ones.
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Crazy Credits

All the credits are displayed as they were being written with a typewriter (the main character is a writer). See more »

Connections

References Boys Town (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Little White Lies
(uncredited)
Written by Walter Donaldson
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Memories of the film being made
3 September 2008 | by richaud-2See all my reviews

I was an extra in this film.. We had an hilarious time in Malta and the whole cast was great fun.. (I'm the blonde girl - tallest of them all - in the scene when they check in at the hotel..

The whole film team was living at a hotel called the PRELUNA in Malta - fantastic place still. and someone managed to use a euro-plug in the British style sockets and short-circuited the whole hotel.. Everyone pretended not to know who!!

The plot is weak but Rooney was great and Michael Caine is and will always be just Michael Caine.. He is good.. It's a pity you can't see this film on TV any more.. I have a real OLD video copy,.,,


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