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Portrait of an Actor (1971)

The actor in question is George C. Scott. Many of his co-workers on the film The Last Run (1971) talk about what it is like to work with the famed actor. His father, George D. Scott, talks ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
George D. Scott George D. Scott ... Himself - Interviewee
Pat Zurica ... Himself - Interviewee (as Patrick J. Zurica)
Carter DeHaven Carter DeHaven ... Himself - Interviewee
Richard Fleischer ... Himself - Interviewee
William Deacy William Deacy ... Himself - Interviewee; Public Relations
Del Acevedo Del Acevedo ... Himself - Interviewee
Trish Van Devere ... Herself - Interviewee
George C. Scott ... Himself - Interviewee (as George Campbell Scott)
Tony Musante ... Himself - Interviewee
Colleen Dewhurst ... Monique (archive footage)
Julie Christie ... Petulia Danner (archive footage)


The actor in question is George C. Scott. Many of his co-workers on the film The Last Run (1971) talk about what it is like to work with the famed actor. His father, George D. Scott, talks about what George Jr. was like as a child and what his thoughts were about him going into acting. George Jr., in turn, talks about how he got into acting, his filmography, working on this film, his co-stars Tony Musante and Trish Van Devere, and why he has a disdain specifically for the Oscars, twice which he has refused a nomination (one which he won regardless). Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Short







Release Date:

1971 (USA) See more »

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Calliope Films See more »
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At one point, the narrator says that Scott portrayed "Col. 'Bat' Guano" in "Dr. Strangelove". Scott actually played "Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson". See more »

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Features Petulia (1968) See more »

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For Those Who Cannot Get Enough.........
9 May 2017 | by redryan64See all my reviews

OKAY NOW, WE take our film interest as seriously as anyone. Finding even some seemingly insignificant tidbit of info concerning a film, actor/star or any behind the scenes personality is what we live for. But we always must attempt to keep things in perspective. All too often, success and the spotlight on center stage conspire to convince a showbiz celebrity of an alternate hallucinatory world; where he/she/it is a giant in all fields.

THIS LITTLE QUICKIE made short at once finds itself in a dichotomy of moods and goals. It is up to us (the viewers) to recognize this. Once that is accomplished, and we are operating with all of our cylinders of gray matter firing in well timed patterns of ultimate synchronization, we can both successfully analyze and understand this film.

FIRST OF ALL, as you may have already concluded, our feeling about PORTRAIT OF AN ACTOR lead us to recognize the sort of high-brow and pseudo-intellectual approach to the actor in question. And we certainly must say that Mr. George C. Scott does an Academy Award level of filling the bill as a "serious" actor. Fresh from his tour-de-force portrayal of General George S. Patton in PATTON (20th Century-Fox, 1970). Topping his performance, he so famously refused to accept the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor. (He even publicly stated his intent months before-but still the gave it to him as one in the win column.)

SO THIS MEANT that there'd be a great amount of very esoteric question & answer interview with so many people. They didn't let us down, even up to the point of including the great actor's father, one George D. Scott. Mostly the folks chosen were culled from the cast of Mr. Scott's then current vehicle, THE LAST RUN (MGM, 1971), a caper movie; directed by Richard Fleischer.

WELL, WITH ALL of that included in the way that it was, all of the pretentious, film-class art talk was then relegated to the back burner; as the true purpose of the short became crystal clear. It was done and distributed by MGM in order to promote their new crime drama.

AND WE REALLY find no fault in that. Right on, Leo (the Lion).

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