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The Entertainer (1975)

A vaudeville entertainer approaches middle age still not having attained success or stardom.

Director:

Donald Wrye

Writers:

Elliott Baker, John Osborne (play)
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Lemmon ... Archie Rice
Ray Bolger ... Billy Rice
Sada Thompson ... Phoebe Rice
Tyne Daly ... Jean Rice
Michael Cristofer ... Frank Rice
Annette O'Toole ... Bambi Pasko
Mitchell Ryan ... Mr. Pasko (as Mitch Ryan)
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Mrs. Pasko
Dick O'Neill ... Charlie
Leanne Johnson Leanne Johnson ... Charlene
Rita O'Connor Rita O'Connor ... Lilly
Alan DeWitt Alan DeWitt ... Bakery Clerk
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A vaudeville entertainer approaches middle age still not having attained success or stardom.

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Genres:

Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A komédiás See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In an interview Annette O'Toole talked about her nude scene in this film. "I remember the very first nude scene I did was with Jack Lemmon. We did a film called THE ENTERTAINER, which was a musical adaptation of a John Osborne play. It was one of the first things after SMILE. We did a cut for American television, and a separate one for European film release. Of course, for the European one, we had to be naked and that was the hardest one because it was my first love scene. Jack Lemmon was as sweet as anybody could be. He didn't make a big deal about it. This man was just so wonderful. I remember before the scene, I was sitting thinking, 'In two hours, this will be over. You can do it!' And then when I got to the scene, it was as natural.as anything. Maybe that's why I don't have that big a problem, because it's just another scene." See more »

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Too bad we don't see films like this on DVD
23 April 2010 | by leenashvilleSee all my reviews

The only thing I want to say about this superb piece of acting from the sorely missed "every man" Jack Lemmon is I would give my eye teeth for a copy of this on DVD. I saw this on TV in 1976 and have never forgotten this performance. It was absolutely and undeniably unforgettable! Olivier's is a fine piece of acting but the verve that Lemmon gave to the song and dance numbers somehow seemed just a little bit more desperate and that made them more convincing. This is not to say that Sir Laurence is not a grand thespian and it was not a great part for him...it was. I am merely saying,I prefer Lemmon in the part and would love to see it on DVD. It is hard to say if we will ever see it now that the shops are dying due to the idiotic notion that many people believe in illegal downloads(Coming from a show business home, I certainly do not!) and these kiosks that only seem to have the popular films(and nothing else)for one dollar a night. I am certainly going to miss foreign films and special interest films and deep catalog movies. Such is the Wal-Mart thinking of this peculiar economy and seemingly uneducated public. (I have to remember they actually like special effects in favor of a good story line). I guess I am not like most of the movie going public. I hate special effects movies. I prefer something with a story like "A Very Long Engagement".


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