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Pleasure Palace (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 22 October 1980
Dashing Omar Sharif stars as a professional gambler, connoisseur, gourmet and sportsman who sets out to help Hope Lange, as a Las Vegas hotel-casino owner, from losing its controlling ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Grauman

Writer:

Blanche Hanalis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sharif ... Louie Lefevre
Victoria Principal ... Patti Flynn
J.D. Cannon ... Howland
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Benny Marfo
José Ferrer ... 'Pokey'
Hope Lange ... Madelaine Calvert
Teddi Siddall Teddi Siddall ... Bobby
John Fujioka ... Ito
Alexander Zale ... Hussein
Chuck Hicks ... Dietrich
David Burton David Burton ... Brech (as Dave Butron)
Eddie Sherman Eddie Sherman ... Schroeder
George LaForge George LaForge ... French Croupier
Red McIlvaine Red McIlvaine ... Guard
Peggy Ryan ... Elderly Woman
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Dashing Omar Sharif stars as a professional gambler, connoisseur, gourmet and sportsman who sets out to help Hope Lange, as a Las Vegas hotel-casino owner, from losing its controlling interest to a business syndicate but finds his reputation is on the line when he runs into a mystery lady (Victoria Principal) who seems to operate on both sides of the law.

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Where a Cut of the Cards Decides Everyone's Fate

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aistien linna See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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o'mar principles!
28 January 2003 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

Patti Flynn (Victoria Principal) is an insurance security agent working in Las Vegas for Howland (J D Cannon) to protect the jewels of his wife Bobby (Teddi Siddall). She is seen by Algerian gambler Louis Lefevre (Omar Sharif) who takes her for a jewel thief. Louis is in town as the guest of Madelaine Calvert (Hope Lange), the owner of Caesar's Palace. Madelaine's stockholders want her to sell and she has Louis gamble against Howland who owns a comglomerate which wishes to acquire the hotel, in a winner take all game of cards.

Once Principal's real identity is established, her role becomes furniture, and her romance with Louis (who also woos Madelaine) only features one kiss. Her first appearance has her standing with back to camera to create a shady expectation, but it's unfortunate that the scene where she slugs someone is in long shot. She gets to scale the wall of the hotel, where she drops her torch, and carries a purse-size handgun.

The only memorable line in the teleplay by Blanche Hanalis is Louis' in response to Madelaine telling him most men consider her over the hill - `I've always been intrigued by what is over that hill'. Director Walter Grauman uses zooms for closeups, silence for the casino scenes, and Jose Ferrer is fun as Louis' companion, 'Pokey' Poquette.


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