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      The Oscar

      Released Mar 4, 1966 1h 59m Drama List
      12% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 29% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Frank (Stephen Boyd), his girlfriend, Laurel (Jill St. John), and their mutual best friend, Hymie (Tony Bennett), are cabaret performers in New York City. Desperate for success, Frank dumps Laurel for Kay (Elke Sommer), a costume designer, and he uses her to get to Sophie (Eleanor Parker), a drama coach with connections in Hollywood. Soon, Frank becomes an established actor, but he's also a heartless publicity hound, and his arrogant behavior begins to alienate everyone who cares for him. Read More Read Less

      Critics Reviews

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      Variety Staff Variety This is the story of a vicious, bitter, firstclass heel who rises to stardom on the blood of those close to him. Without a single redeeming quality, part played by Stephen Boyd is unsympathetic virtually from opening shots. Dec 20, 2007 Full Review Time Out Tacky Tinseltown soaper, logging the unscrupulous rise to stardom of an Academy-nominated actor in a succession of flashbacks, featuring numerous stellar walk-ons and dreadful dialogue. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times A piece of expensive claptrap, loaded with harrowing clichs. Rated: 1.5/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies At two hours, The Oscar is just way too long and drags and drags and drags. It's not entirely unwatchable but it comes pretty darn close to it. Rated: 1/5 Mar 6, 2023 Full Review Judith Crist New York Herald Tribune Nowhere, on stage or screen or even in a revue skit, has there been so complete a cliché of the Hollywood-heel-on-the-rise-and-fall theme to the tune of such ripe dialogue. "Ripe"? The word is all too feeble, and "dialogue" itself inadequate. Aug 15, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A melodrama whose seriousness is so overbearing that it's long been hailed as a kitsch classic in some circles. Rated: 2/4 Feb 22, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D It seems like it wants to be a comedy. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 07/27/23 Full Review CodyZamboni Movie is comically trashy. The lead character a total jerk. Jill St John is stunning. Movie has lots of famous cameos, and it was nice seeing Tony Bennett in a dramatic performance. Overall, movie is watchable more as a time capsule of the mid 1960s fashion, culture, art design, and moral attitudes. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Forty years after reading about it in THE FIFTY WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME, I finally saw THE OSCAR, from 1966, starring Stephen Boyd, Tony Bennett and a cavalcade of stars from the era. Unlike SHOWGIRLS, which plays like a spiritual reboot, the Fox suits have done an admirable job burying this film from view and accessibility. Never released to video in any form, I saw this from a DVD that ripped a TCM midnight showing. Stephen Boyd plays loser schmuck turned actor Frankie Fane, who could be SHOWGIRL's Nomi Malone's father. Fane destroys anyone that gets in the way of his thirst for power. Singer Tony Bennett, in his only acting role, tells the story in flashbacks, which are so pompous and over the top they defy belief. Screenwriter Harlan Ellison never got to see the rushes, and reported wept at the premier screening. Released in March, Boyd would save his career when FANTASTIC VOYAGE dropped in August. Fifty years on, this begs for a restoration with commentaries and a book. In a just world, this would have been a midnight movie riff fest. Like CATS, you can't unsee this, but you can't resist it either. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member ***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.*** Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Tacky Tinseltown soaper, logging the unscrupulous rise to stardom of an Academy-nominated actor in a succession of flashbacks, featuring numerous stellar walk-ons and dreadful dialogue. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review eric b "The Oscar" is bad, sure, but it's not as hilariously bad as I was led to believe. Not bad enough to worth taking the time to see. The script has many terrible attempts at "snappy wit," but the stale lines aren't as notable as Stephen Boyd's awful lead performance as a heartless, second-tier actor conspiring to save his career -- he adopts some ape-like mannerisms that are truly bewildering. An incredible set of stars passes through the film (Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Merle Oberon, Peter Lawford, Hedda Hopper, Broderick Crawford, Ed Begley Sr., Joseph Cotten, Tony Bennett), and Milton Berle (as Boyd's agent) and Ernest Borgnine (as a shady private investigator) have some good moments in supporting roles. But if you're looking for campy laughs from this era, other silly bombs such as "Skidoo," "Valley of the Dolls," "Candy," "The Cool Ones" and "Myra Breckenridge" provide greater rewards. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Frank (Stephen Boyd), his girlfriend, Laurel (Jill St. John), and their mutual best friend, Hymie (Tony Bennett), are cabaret performers in New York City. Desperate for success, Frank dumps Laurel for Kay (Elke Sommer), a costume designer, and he uses her to get to Sophie (Eleanor Parker), a drama coach with connections in Hollywood. Soon, Frank becomes an established actor, but he's also a heartless publicity hound, and his arrogant behavior begins to alienate everyone who cares for him.
      Director
      Russell Rouse
      Screenwriter
      Harlan Ellison, Clarence Greene, Russell Rouse, Richard Sale
      Distributor
      Embassy Pictures
      Production Co
      Greene-Rouse Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 4, 1966, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 59m
      Sound Mix
      Mono