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Hammersmith Is Out (1972)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 12 May 1972 (USA)
The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor (Sir Peter Ustinov) of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Richard Burton) ... See full summary »

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Peter Ustinov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Jimmie Jean Jackson
Richard Burton ... Hammersmith
Peter Ustinov ... Doctor
Beau Bridges ... Billy Breedlove
Leon Ames ... General Sam Pembroke
Leon Askin ... Dr. Krodt
George Raft ... Guido Scartucci
John Schuck ... Henry Joe
Marjorie Eaton ... Princess
Lisa Jak Lisa Jak ... Kiddo
Linda Gaye Scott ... Miss Quim
Mel Berger Mel Berger ... Fat Man
Anthony Holland ... Oldham
Brook Williams ... Pete Rutter
Carl Donn Carl Donn ... Cleopatra
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Storyline

The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor (Sir Peter Ustinov) of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Richard Burton) offers the innocent orderly (Beau Bridges) vast riches if he'll help him escape. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

"The beast is loose from his cage! The rivers will run with blood!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Engrenagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This movie was selected to screen in competition at the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival in 1972, where it was nominated for three awards including the Golden Bear for Best Film. The movie won two Bears there, a Silver Bear for Best Actress for Dame Elizabeth Taylor, and a Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution for actor and Director Sir Peter Ustinov. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: That is not a car. That is a penis, mit chrome.
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Connections

Referenced in Andy Hamilton's Search for Satan (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

When Were Your Dreams Worth Remembering
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Sally Stevens
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19 January 2001 | by jazzbojSee all my reviews

I saw the UK-EC version of this film in 1972. Very funny, well acted and directed and worthy of the awards given it by the Berlin Film Festival. HOWEVER, I took some friends to see it in the States and was shocked to see that some cretin(s) had re-cut this work of art to conform to what they perceived as the sophistication level of the USA audience. This USA release was beyond belief! "They" had changed the entire premise of the movie from a black comedy into an action/thriller cutting out the best comedic efforts of the actors. I can resonably assume that the Matlin review reflects this version. If ever the actors and director had a reason to sue for artistic perversion, this was it! My question is "Does anyone have another example of this happening?" While certainly aware of nude scenes being cut from USA films of this era I have never heard of the entire genre of a film being changed.


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