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Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 27 April 1966 (Italy)
A tomboy turned movie star deals with the cruelty of Hollywood.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Gavin Lambert (novel), Gavin Lambert (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Wood ... Daisy Clover
Christopher Plummer ... Raymond Swan
Robert Redford ... Wade Lewis / Lewis Wade
Ruth Gordon ... The Dealer - Mrs. Clover
Roddy McDowall ... Walter Baines
Katharine Bard Katharine Bard ... Melora Swan
Peter Helm ... Milton Hopwood
Betty Harford Betty Harford ... Gloria Clover Goslett
John Hale John Hale ... Harry Goslett
Harold Gould ... Cop on Pier
Ottola Nesmith ... Dolores
Edna Holland ... Cynara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Philip Dayton John Philip Dayton ... John
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Storyline

Daisy Clover is a 15 year old Tomboy who dreams of being a Hollywood star. After auditioning for producer Raymond Swan of Swan studios she becomes the toast of Hollywood. Daisy must then come to terms with her new found fame and the 1930's Hollywood star treatment. Written by Kelly

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Taglines:

A star at 15. A has-been at 17. Who says? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Filmnegah.com (Persian)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Intimidades de una adolescente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As Wood and Redford were shooting in a small boat off Santa Monica Pier, a sudden change in the wind direction cast them adrift in the Malibu current. As the boat moved further out to sea Wood begin to panic. Redford laughed her through it. He later realized how precarious the situation was but it sealed the friendship between the two as his heroism impressed Natalie and he earned her trust. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Natalie Wood's character, Daisy Clover, leans back on what is supposed to look like a cement wall of graffiti. When she leans back, the wall leans with her revealing it is made of fabric. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Swan: [to Daisy Clover] You're as sound as a roach.
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Connections

Referenced in Drive-in Movie Memories (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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Quirky view of Hollywood
29 June 2010 | by eyecandyforuSee all my reviews

This film seems way ahead of it's time, made in 1965 it's one of the first to show a darker side of Tinsel Town. Natalie Wood plays a tomboy who's plucked from obscurity and becomes a teen singing star. Her character is almost immediately jaded by the experience, manipulated by a studio head and a dubious male heartthrob, played by a stunning looking Robert Redford. Ruth Gordon once again stands out as the teen stars' mother. Christopher Plummer is excellent as the smooth studio head with Roddy McDowall as his cold assistant. Katharine Bard plays Plummers' wife, and her character is fascinating. She seems to float and flow when she moves and her character sums up the film's overall feel. Distant, detached and alien yet seething with anger and disappointment.

The problem with the film is that it's very dark in tone. That is to say the slick big budget production is overshadowed by a strange menace, highlighting the fact that the studio system was basically a people factory, uncaring and cannibalistic. Audiences at the time must have been very confused, expecting a light, breezy musical. Instead it's a realistic yet stylized downer, reminiscent of Valley of the Dolls, which was yet to come. There's very little genuine romance, sentiment or humor, just a steady flow of odd scenes.

This is one of those movies that many have never heard of, it remains obscure despite it's almost epic appeal. It's certainly worth a look, but just try to nail it down to any specific category.


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