The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease) Reviews
Not overly glamorized into the typical slapsticky chuckle-fest that you might expect. While there is some of THAT...there is also a bit of the seedy and slightly dark underbelly of "the business" thrown into the mis, but done so in a way that doesn't make it feel gratuitous.
The acting is good, especially Britt Ekland who gives a GREAT performance.
Some of the cinematograpy and editing are genious and the costumes and set designs are SPOT ON.
All of these things REALLY serve to convey the look and feel of the era and make what could easily have been just another rambunctious romp through the "Roaring 20's" look and feel (at times) more like archival footage brought to life.
Comedy directed by no less than The Exorcist director William Friedkin.
This film is purely all about vaudeville as it shows scene after scene of the old acts on stage. It goes back once and a while to normal dialog and people, but its all about stage acts.
Obviously from the title these folks are doing something that the police do not like. They raid Minskys sooner or later don't they? Has lots of veteran, and I do mean old veteran actors like Bert Lahr (the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz).
Cinematography is very well done. This is one crazy film and I mean that in the worst, uncomplimentary way.
Jason Robards as Raymond Paine
Britt Ekland as Rachel Elizabeth Schpitendavel
Norman Wisdom as Chick Williams
Forrest Tucker as Trim Houlihan
Harry Andrews as Jacob Schpitendavel
Joseph Wiseman as Louis Minsky
Denholm Elliott as Vance Fowler
Elliott Gould as Billy Minsky
Jack Burns as Candy Butcher
Bert Lahr as Professor Spats