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      Movie Movie

      PG Released Nov 22, 1978 1 hr. 46 min. Comedy List
      Reviews 57% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score This spoof of 1930s American films features two movies and a trailer, with the same cast members acting in all three. "Dynamite Hands" follows an up-and-coming boxer (Harry Hamlin) with a heart of gold who stumbles into a life of excess when he falls for a nightclub singer (Trish Van Devere) and meets a sleazy gangster (Eli Wallach). In "Baxter's Beauties of 1933," a Broadway producer (George C. Scott) learns that he is dying and attempts to create one last hit show. Read More Read Less

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      steve d It doesn't matter how many movies you add it still isn't clever. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Hokey but fun.Interesting concept, two back to back films with the same actors, I preferred the 2nd Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/26/20 Full Review william k Nostalgic Hollywood spoof is lovingly assembled by an oldtime professional director; a bit uneven, but generally quite entertaining. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Gloriously funny and affectionate send up of a typical 1930s double-bill. Larry Gelbart and Sheldon Keller's screenplay is stuffed with every cliché going, and several new ones: they also shoe-horn a bunch of laugh-out-loud doubles entendres for those viewers who really listen. Stanley Donen elicits marvellous deadpan performances from the whole cast, and clearly has a ball revisiting his MGM years. An overlooked gem. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member While not a laugh-a-minute riot, 'Movie Movie's' affectionate charm is hard to resist, and its second, musically oriented half is where the film's stylish trump card lies. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Produced and directed by Stanley Donen, (Singin' in the Rain (1952), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Bedazzled (1967)), and written by M*A*S*H creators Larry Gelbart and Sheldon Keller. This is a double bill throwback to the films of the 1930's, the ones that Donen would have grown up with, it feels authentic as well, with a good cast as well. It begins with black and white boxing film Dynamite Hands, where aspiring lawyer Joey Popchik (Harry Hamlin) has a good talent as a boxer, but when his sister Angie (Kathleen Beller) needs an eye operation in Vienna, he takes on boxing and becomes a champ, but runs afoul of mob boss Vince Marlow (Eli Wallach). Then, in Baxter's Beauties of 1933, veteran theatre producer Spats Baxter (George C. Scott) is dying from a heart condition and is looking to put on one last Broadway show, and he employs Dick Cummings (Barry Bostwick) to do it, and Cummings' girlfriend Kitty (Rebecca York), is cast in the show, even managing to replace spoilt, drunken starlet Isobel Stuart (Trish Van Devere), and the show goes on. It's the Grindhouse of the 1970's, only more light hearted, with it's tongue in it's cheek and with Donen managing to do well with it's look, especially the musical segment, with a good supporting cast including Red Buttons, Art Carney and George Burns. Pity it was all downhill from here for Donen. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Marina Hirsch Berkeley Barb It's a real pleasure to see a movie that I takes on all the cliches, from attractively fatal diseases through triumphant curtain calls, and plays with them. Dec 28, 2020 Full Review Diego Galán El Pais (Spain) Bonhomie and the pleasure to play are its main inspiration, and today, Movie Movie is an invitation to cinephiles to let go of their passions and take a second look at that earlier cinema. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 3, 2019 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 3/5 Sep 21, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 14, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis This spoof of 1930s American films features two movies and a trailer, with the same cast members acting in all three. "Dynamite Hands" follows an up-and-coming boxer (Harry Hamlin) with a heart of gold who stumbles into a life of excess when he falls for a nightclub singer (Trish Van Devere) and meets a sleazy gangster (Eli Wallach). In "Baxter's Beauties of 1933," a Broadway producer (George C. Scott) learns that he is dying and attempts to create one last hit show.
      Director
      Stanley Donen
      Production Co
      ITC Films
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 22, 1978, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 15, 2018
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