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Hollywood Boulevard (1976)

In this satire on 70s B-movie industry, a young ditsy pretty blond arrives in Hollywood to try her luck as an actress. After some mishap, a shady agent finds her a job with a sleazy B-movie crew plagued by strange deadly accidents.

Directors:

Allan Arkush, Joe Dante

Writer:

Danny Opatoshu (screenplay) (as Patrick Hobby)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Woronov ... Mary McQueen
Paul Bartel ... Erich Von Leppe
George Wagner George Wagner ... Cameraman
Jonathan Kaplan ... Scotty
Tara Strohmeier ... Jill McBain
Richard Doran Richard Doran ... P.G.
Candice Rialson ... Candy Wednesday
Dick Miller ... Walter Paisley
John Kramer John Kramer ... Duke Mantee
W.L. Luckey W.L. Luckey ... Rico Bandello
Jeffrey Kramer ... Patrick Hobby
Rita George Rita George ... Bobbi Quackenbush
David Boyle ... Obnoxious Kid
Glenn K. Shimada Glenn K. Shimada ... Ubiqutious Filipino
Joseph McBride ... Drive-In Rapist
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Joe Dante directs this story of the glamour, the glitter, the magical allure of Hollywood... and not a speck of it rubs off on Miracle Pictures, where "If it's a good picture, it's a Miracle." This is a hilarious tribute to the unsung heroes who grind out the B movies massacred by critics, but nursed fondly in the hearts of film fans everywhere. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Shamelessly loaded with sex and violence. See more »

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Comedy | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Starlets See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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New World Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Candy Hope: Wow, Walter, what a neat car!
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Walter Paisley: Yeah, it rolls down one hill and can 'ardly get up the next.
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Fun for film buffs...
18 October 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

but probably nobody else.

A young, beautiful woman (Candice Rialson) comes to Hollywood to become a star. She starts working with Miracle Pictures ("If it's a good picture, it's a miracle") as a stunt girl. Miracle makes nothing but ultra cheap t&a movies. There's the star director (Parl Bartel) who supposedly thinks he's making art and an arrogant diva (Mary Woronov) who wants all the film to herself. Then woman are being killed on the set. Who's doing it...and why?

Film was actually shot in 10 days with directors Joe Dante and Allan Arkush using tons of footage from previous Roger Corman movies. The movie never takes itself too seriously and does have some VERY funny lines. But the plot is way too feeble even at 83 minutes (there's LOTS of padding); the acting is pretty bad (except for Bartel, Woronov and Dick Miller--all having a GREAT time); there is an unnecessary (and stupid) wet T-shirt sequence; there's a very sick rape scene played for laughs (and repeated twice); a very brutal knife slashing and plot holes galore (why DOES that guy at the end have all that stuff about victims in his little shed?).

What kept me watching is the tons of funny little injokes for movie fans. They're way too numerous to mention but they are there. Also it was just released in a 25th anniversary edition and looks just great. Most casual viewers will probably find this dull, stupid and sick--they're right, but it is fun for film fans.

Don't miss the jokes during the closing credits and one right after them.


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