The Carpetbaggers (1964)

The Carpetbaggers




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Based on the best-selling novel from Harold Robbins, this film relates how a wealthy, powerful man continues to be cruel and self-serving until he gets a two-fisted lesson. George Peppard plays Jonas Cord Jr., a man who--though loathing his father--inherits his father's successful business. He soon turns his attention to Hollywood and begins making romance pictures--starring his deceased father's wife (Caroll Baker), whose own romantic affection Jonas proceeds to pursue. Not only does Jonas … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Michael Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2003
Paramount Pictures


as Jonas Cord

as Rina Marlowe Cord

as Dan Pierce

as Nevada Smith

as Jennie Denton

as Monica Winthrop

as McAllister

as Bernard B. Norman

as Buzz Dalton

as Jedediah

as Jonas Cord Sr.

as Morrissey

as Amos Winthrop

as Prostitute

as Moroni

as David Woolf

as Cynthia Randall

as French Nurse

as Starlet

as Bellboy

as Moroni's Secretary

as Woman Reporter

as Reporter

as Sound Man

as Assistant Director

as Theater Manager

as Reporter

as Dan Pierce
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Critic Reviews for The Carpetbaggers

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the all-time great potboilers featuring a powerhouse performance by the always underrated George Peppard.

October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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.

Full Review… | April 19, 2003
Slant Magazine

June 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Carpetbaggers


Glossy junk.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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?

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


Ruthless & Cruel Jonas Cord (George Peppard), is a Career Maker & Breaker but someone you don't dare care about because he feeds on your weakness & will eventually use it against you if you dare to care.They say that this is based on Howard Hughes, if that is the case, no wonder he became a recluse.

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