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The Oscar

The Oscar (1966)

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 3

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A heartless actor scrambles to the top of show business' sleazy summit in this drama. Frank Fane (Stephen Boyd) is a Hollywood leading man who is desperate to boost his career by winning an Academy Award, and he doesn't care who he has to betray to achieve his goals -- including his former best friend and PR man, Hymie Kelly (Tony Bennett), lonely acting coach Sophie Cantaro (Eleanor Parker), slimy agent Kappy Kapstetter (Milton Berle), and long-suffering girlfriend Kay Bergdahl (Elke Sommer).

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (9)

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.

December 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A piece of expensive claptrap, loaded with harrowing clichés.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It may be the quintessential Hollywood movie, except that it was greeted with guffaws on sight.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A dreadful empty film.

March 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The plot here is so melodramatic and so unrealistic that the film becomes laughable.

December 20, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hilariously bad!

December 12, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Another bad movie about Hollywood.

August 15, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Oscar

Overblown and hoky but compulsively watchable nontheless.
May 17, 2009
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"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.
July 5, 2012
Eric Broome

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