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Valentino (1977)

In 1926, the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female movie-goers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

Ken Russell (screenplay), Mardik Martin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudolf Nureyev ... Rudolph Valentino
Leslie Caron ... Alla Nazimova
Michelle Phillips ... Natasha Rambova
Carol Kane ... Fatty's Girl
Felicity Kendal ... June Mathis
Seymour Cassel ... George Ullman
Peter Vaughan ... Rory O'Neil
Huntz Hall ... Jesse Lasky
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Joseph Schenck
Alfred Marks ... Richard Rowland
Anton Diffring ... Baron Long
Jennie Linden ... Agnes Ayres
William Hootkins ... Mr. Fatty
Bill McKinney ... Jail Cop
Don Fellows ... George Melford
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Storyline

In 1926, the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female movie-goers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. Ball-room dancer Valentino manipulated his good looks and bestial grace into a Hollywood career. His smoldering love-making, tinged with a touch of masterful cruelty, expressed a sexuality which was at once both shocking and sensual. Written by Ørnås and Brian McInnis

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In life he was a movie star, in death he became a legend. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Valentino See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was a critical and commercial failure at the global international box-office. See more »

Quotes

Jack de Saulles: No more tea time... with Dagos for you, baby. Hello, pretty boy.
Rudolph Valentino: The music is not quite over, Signore.
Jack de Saulles: As for you, sweetheart, now you go straighten up your lipstick before your one geep guinea.
Bianca de Saulles: Jack!
Jack de Saulles: Shut up , god dammit! Waltzing with WOPs is one thing, but he's a pansy.
Rudolph Valentino: Sir! I'm an artist, a professional dancer!
Jack de Saulles: You know, I say any guy that dances with another guy is a powder puff, you got that WOP.
Bianca de Saulles: I didn't tell him.
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Soundtracks

Dark Eyes
(uncredited)
Arranged and adapted by Stanley Black
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I am mesmerized by this film
19 November 2003 | by goomba8See all my reviews

First saw it on HBO (many times) about 1980. Just love the Ken Russell 'exaggerated' feel and look. Made me look into the life of Valentino, where I was disappointed to find that Ken Russell had really 'exaggerated' Rudy's life. I didn't see it again until 1998 on a trip to Canada, in a somewhat edited version. I just watched it on the True Stories channel, I fell in love with it again. Ken Russell's version of the cause of Rudy's death is much more interesting than the actual cause of Valentino's death. I taped it and expect to watch it a few more times.


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