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The Carpetbaggers

The Carpetbaggers (1964)

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Release Date: Apr 9, 1964 Wide

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Edward Dmytryk brings Harold Robbins' trashy, dirt-dishing Hollywood best-seller to the screen with George Peppard starring as Jonas Cord, a rancidly-sketched portrait of Howard Hughes. In 1925, when his father dies of a stroke, Jonas inherits the Cord Chemical factory, a manufacturer of dynamite and other explosives. Jonas proceeds with several cut-throat transactions, making a settlement with his sexy stepmother Rina (Carroll Baker) and liquidating the stock owned by cowhand Nevada Smith (Alan

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Drama, Romance, Classics

John Michael Hayes

Apr 22, 2003

Paramount Pictures

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The sleazy pulp film was a blockbuster smash hit upon its release, proving to Hollywood that bad taste pays big dividends.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of the all-time great potboilers featuring a powerhouse performance by the always underrated George Peppard.

October 8, 2005
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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.

April 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Glossy junk.
February 13, 2011
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It would be so fucking awesome if TCM and my cable company could synchronize their watches so I won't miss the end of any movies my DVR records. Because of this I invested 2 1/2 hours of my life only to miss the last 2 minutes of The Carpetbaggers. This isn't to say I completely wasted my time because I really dug what I saw. Picture Russ Meyer making a cleaned-up, yet trashy mixture of Citizen Kane, Written on the Wind and The Aviator. George Peppard plays a megalomaniacal asshole, Carroll Baker plays the opportunistic slut trying to do right and Alan Ladd plays the leathery, alcoholic father figure. The score is good and you know you're in for some fun from as early as the sensationalist title sequence--because really, what can you expect from shots of clouds at 10,00 feet with oversaturated red lettering flying at you?
September 6, 2007
mjgildea

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    1. Jonas Cord Sr.: A man is judged by what's in his head, not in his bed.
    – Submitted by rick b (13 months ago)
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