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      The Carpetbaggers

      PG Released May 9, 1964 2h 30m Drama List
      33% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 61% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings When playboy Jonas (George Peppard) inherits his father's industrial empire, he expands it by acquiring an aircraft factory and movie studio. His rise to power is ruthless. He marries and then quickly abandons sweet, bubbly Monica (Elizabeth Ashley) ; turns his young, attractive stepmother, Rina (Carroll Baker), into a self-destructive actress; and manages to disappoint even his closest friend, cowboy movie star Nevada (Alan Ladd). Is Jonas beyond redemption? Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Eric Henderson Slant Magazine The film was a blockbuster back in 1964 and could have been seen as the last word in silver screen sleaze ... at least as far as mainstream America was concerned. Apr 19, 2003 Full Review Joan Didion Vogue Even the downright smuttiness of The Carpetbaggers has an engaging period innocence. Mar 16, 2020 Full Review Ron Vermette Los Angeles Free Press The one bit of life in the film, the wife (Elizabeth Ashley) is played with a Broadway flippancy that spares us the feeling that something good may be getting hurt. Jan 24, 2020 Full Review Isabel Quigly The Spectator The Carpetbaggers has the outsize awfulness of Holly- wood at its worst, multiplied by a large cast and much supposedly shocking action that clearly comes from the much more outspoken novel. Jul 12, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The sleazy pulp film was a blockbuster smash hit upon its release, proving to Hollywood that bad taste pays big dividends. Rated: C Mar 30, 2007 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily One of the all-time great potboilers featuring a powerhouse performance by the always underrated George Peppard. Rated: 4/5 Oct 8, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member George Peppard is Howard Hughes in this sordid soap opera drama. Carroll Baker is Jean Harlow (a role she later played in the biopic); Martha Hyer is Lana Turner; and Elizabeth Ashley is Jean Peters. Of course, those the actors aren't identified in the film as the reel life counterparts, but just put 2 + 2 together. Bad acting abounds, except for Ashley's, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe and a BAFTA. The film is extremely watchable and thus justifies its box office status as a major hit. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review delysid d kind of a boring story, but not bad Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/16/21 Full Review steve d Cringe-worthy story that gives its cast little to work with. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A forerunner to Aviator, this film has an unlikely George Peppard AND Alan Ladd dominating in this 1964 huge hit. A grand expose of ambition and unhappiness at the top in the 30's. It has been described as a Howard Hughes bio-drama by Harold Robbins * . And what a climax this films has! Stay with this and watch the fight, the brutal fight between Alan Ladd and Peppard. It's one for the ages! SEE the trailer here: [img][/img] This film alone probably set the stage for some of television's biggest night-time hit soapers like DALLAS, in particular. Television however already had its huge hit night soaper in the early sixties, Peyton Place, which was the beginning of Ryan O'Neil's (Paper Moon) career. SEE THE FULL FILM HERE: A claw your eyes out dialog in this very 1960ish style this film along with so many others in its day were of a certain panoramic quality. I mean, they were shot as though everything was bigger than life itself on the screen. But then, the screen sizes were huge compared to today. [img][/img] Contrary to RT's "movie info" synopisis, I really don't see any dirt-dishing best seller here. For its time maybe, but not now. Now all we really have is dirt-dishing constantly, whatever that truely means that is. [img][/img] Interesting to see an older Alan Ladd (Shane) in the beginning of this one, but he bows out early in the film only to reappear as a Western movie star. He is the ONLY person our lead actor George Peppard admires, perhaps because in the film Ladd was more of a father to Peppard than his real one who dies early in the film. Actress Ashely early in the film seems like Audrey Hepburn in this. The voice, the personality, the grace... its all Hepburn! Later, not so much. But the poor girl gets Peppard to marry her and in the end regrets it as Peppard is in love with the single life and the freedom he needs to build his many corporations. He is all about ambition and greed and always self-centered. REVIEWS: 60% A high class soap opera, and oddly entertaining because of that. The whole movie is overdone and loosely based on Howard Hughes. not rated% The novel was an immense bestseller in its day and had a pre-existing audience so there was no way it was going to flop commercially. Knowing that is what attracted a very good cast of players to support Peppard and Baker who give some really good performances. STORYLINE: George Peppard plays a hard-driven industrialist more than a little reminiscent of Howard Hughes. While he builds airplanes, directs movies and breaks hearts, his friends and lovers try to reach his human side, and find that it's an uphill battle. The film's title is a metaphor for self-promoting tycoons who perform quick financial takeovers, impose dictatorial controls for short-term profits, then move on to greener pastures. Written by Jeanne Baker NOTES: 1 Harold Robbins,(May 21, 1916 - October 14, 1997) was an American author of popular novels. One of the best-selling writers of all time, he penned over 25 best-sellers, selling over 750 million copies in 32 languages. 2 * Among Robbins best-known books is The Carpetbaggers - loosely based on a composite of Howard Hughes, Bill Lear, Harry Cohn, and Louis B. Mayer CastGeorge Peppard - Jonas Cord Alan Ladd - Nevada Smith Carroll Baker - Rina Marlowe Cord Robert Cummings - Dan Pierce (billed as Bob Cummings) Martha Hyer - Jennie Denton Elizabeth Ashley - Monica Winthrop Lew Ayres - 'Mac' McAllister Martin Balsam - Bernard B. Norman Ralph Taeger - Buzz Dalton Archie Moore - Jedediah Leif Erickson - Jonas Cord, Sr. Arthur Franz ... Morrissey Tom Tully - Amos Winthrop Audrey Totter - Prostitute Anthony Warde - Moroni Charles Lane - Denby Tom Lowell - David Woolf John Conte - Ed Ellis Vaughn Taylor - Doctor Directed by Edward Dmytryk Produced by Joseph E. Levine Written by John Michael Hayes Harold Robbins (novel) Running time: 150 minutes, color Not finished with this review but will be today! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review david f A shallow but pretty, actually gorgeous, film about a Howard Hughes-like businessman who starts out in chemicals, moves along into airlines, airplane construction and finally to running a Hollywood movie studio. In his wake he leaves an assortment of damaged relationships and unhappy, disappointed friends and family. Itâ(TM)s a colorful soap opera with a large cast of characters that spans decades of the history of the American West. The psychoanalytic underpinnings to his drive for success, revealed near the end, canâ(TM)t make this pretty parade of gorgeous blondes, fast cars and fast planes into anything more than the high-gloss tombstone for the waning studio production system that it is. Itâ(TM)s beautiful but itâ(TM)s empty headed. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I absolutely love this film for it's unadulterated trashiness! Gripped from beginning to end. I've never enjoyed the films of these types of books before, but this one wins through. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When playboy Jonas (George Peppard) inherits his father's industrial empire, he expands it by acquiring an aircraft factory and movie studio. His rise to power is ruthless. He marries and then quickly abandons sweet, bubbly Monica (Elizabeth Ashley) ; turns his young, attractive stepmother, Rina (Carroll Baker), into a self-destructive actress; and manages to disappoint even his closest friend, cowboy movie star Nevada (Alan Ladd). Is Jonas beyond redemption?
      Edward Dmytryk
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      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 9, 1964, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2013
      2h 30m
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