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The Idol (1966)

Marco, a young, arrogant art student, is friendly with Timothy, a medical student, and Sarah, his girl friend. Timothy is dominated by his beautiful mother, Carol, who is divorcing her ... See full summary »

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Daniel Petrie

Writers:

Millard Lampell, Ugo Liberatore (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... Carol
Michael Parks ... Marco
John Leyton ... Timothy
Jennifer Hilary ... Sarah
Guy Doleman ... Martin Livesey
Natasha Pyne Natasha Pyne ... Rosalind
Jack Watson ... Police Inspector
Jeremy Bulloch ... Lewis
Gordon Gostelow Gordon Gostelow ... Simon
Priscilla Morgan ... Rosie
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Mrs. Muller
Fanny Carby Fanny Carby ... Barmaid
Renee Houston ... 1st Woman at Party
Caroline Blakiston ... 2nd Woman at Party
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Barker Ken Barker ... Policeman (as Ken Haward)
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Storyline

Marco, a young, arrogant art student, is friendly with Timothy, a medical student, and Sarah, his girl friend. Timothy is dominated by his beautiful mother, Carol, who is divorcing her husband. Marco finds a studio apartment, and Timothy pays the first 2 months' rent, planning to move in with his friend. Carol prevents the move, and Sarah, who has fallen in love with Marco, moves in instead. During a party at her weekend cottage, Carol becomes furious when she finds Marco and Sarah making love in Timothy's room, and she orders Marco from the house. Later, Marco seduces Carol and then scornfully leaves for the party. He arrives drunk, accompanied by a streetwalker, and tells Sarah how he took Carol to bed. Written by alfiehitchie

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The act of love does not make this a love story...the act of worship does not make him the idol.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Falso ídolo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Embassy Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford was announced for this on May 1963. See more »

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The Houseboat Set
Composed and Conducted by John Dankworth
Performed by The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra
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tortured artist seeks revenge by torturing cinema-goers!
5 August 2005 | by kennedya-1See all my reviews

This is the worst film I have ever seen - Michael Parks' performance as a tortured artist is so bad it practically surpasses criticism and moves into another zone where terms like "ham", "pretentious" and "posturing" seem barely adequate to impart the true awfulness that is his portrayal. I first saw it one night in a hotel bedroom in Portugal when I couldn't sleep ;after 5 minutes my instinct was to turn it off but I then developed a morbid and masochistic desire to see if the rest of the film could get worse than the few minutes I had already seen - it did not disappoint! Such was my disbelief that anyone would finance such meretricious tripe that I actually spent time trying to find out the title to enable me to tell my friends! (I missed the starting titles and thankfully fell asleep before the end). Move over Plan Nine From Outer Space and The Swarm - This is a turkey the size of Turkey!


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