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Record City (1977)

PG | | Comedy | February 1978 (USA)
Lighthearted comedy chronicling the exploits of the employees at a record store.

Director:

Dennis Steinmetz

Writer:

Ron Friedman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Abdullah Joe Abdullah ... Arab sheik
Jeff Altman ... Engineer
Sylvia Anderson Sylvia Anderson ... Madeline
Leonard Barr Leonard Barr ... Sickly Man
Ed Begley Jr. ... Pokey
Nicky Blair ... Old wino
Sorrell Booke ... Coznowski
Dennis Bowen Dennis Bowen ... Danny
Robert Broyles Robert Broyles ... Workman
Ruth Buzzi ... Olga
Michael Byers Michael Byers ... Rex
Michael Callan ... Eddie
Jack Carter ... Manny
Jenny Cunningham Jenny Cunningham ... Pretty Girl in The Fetus Brothers
Rick Dees ... Gordon
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Lighthearted comedy chronicling the exploits of the employees at a record store.

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Get Your Laughs Off at ... THE STORE WITH MORE

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Record City See more »

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Aubrey Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ed Begley, Jr., discusses his experience making the movie on episode #202 of Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast (4/9/18), starting after the 59-minute mark. See more »

Goofs

The electrical shock scene ---- that is NOT how electricity works. If someone gets shocked when they are holding a wire when someone throws mop water on them, everyone else in the building would not also be shocked. It is just very stupid, it is not funny. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dad Made Dirty Movies (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothin' in This World
Written by Gary Starbuck and Freddie Perren
Sung by Gary Starbuck
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If Sherwood Schwartz had produced NASHVILLE...
23 May 2004 | by ajm-8See all my reviews

Twenty-four hours in the life of a Southern California record store as employees try to thwart a serial bandit while a kick-ass talent show goes on in the parking lot.

How's THIS for a cast? You've got Ted (Isaac from THE LOVE BOAT) Lange as a break dancing clerk (who organizes the vinyl records via his "Afro-tonic" computer), Ruth Buzzi as the sex-starved cleaning lady, Michael Callan (Riff in the original Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY) as the store's womanizing manager, Jack Carter as HIS p-whipped boss, Harold "Odd Job" Sakata as a gay strong-arm collections man, Sorrell "Boss Hogg" Booke as a clumsy cop, a youthful Ed Begley Jr. as a would-be thief, Larry Storch as a deaf customer (and what WACKIER place for a deaf guy to appear in than a record store??), Alice (what's-her-name on BEWITCHED) Ghostley and Leonard Barr (Dean Martin's uncle, believe it or not) as an elderly couple, Rick (DISCO DUCK) Dees as the talent show host and Jeff (PINK LADY AND JEFF) Altman as his Nazi engineer, Frank "The Riddler" Gorshin as the elusive bandit ... not to mention Kinky Friedman, Gallagher and GONG SHOW staple Razzle P. Willie (you remember, the guy with the lips painted on his bare stomach and the over-sized top hat over his torso, who put a trumpet to his navel and mimed "The Colonel Bogey March") as themselves. Eat your heart out, Steven Soderbergh.

And underneath the slapstick and cameos, RECORD CITY has some choice observations to make on Serious Themes. Look at how the only straightforward characters in the film, serving as a Greek chorus if you will, are the local hookers. Notice how Callan forces himself upon his minimum-wage teen girl workers, but must himself submit to the financial whims of Carter. And appreciate how the talent show winner will have to sell out to commercial success. This film's take on prostitution is one of the most sophisticated since NIGHTS OF CABIRIA.

And observe how there's a blind Hasidic man at the film's beginning and a one-eyed nun (both essayed by Gorshin) at its end. We are all operating in a world, director -- excuse me, auteur -- Dennis Steinmetz is clearly asserting, where God is blind. In modern American cinema, only CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS dares make such a statement. When Ted Lange asks a colleague, "Have you been playing 'Yankee Doodle' with your dandy?", he might as well have been posing the same soulful question to a soulless 1970s America.


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