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Skidoo (1968)





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Producer and director Otto Preminger reportedly experimented with LSD in the late 60's, which inspired him to make this notorious comedy in which Jackie Gleason plays Tony, a mid-level gangster and former hired killer not very happy with his life. He bickers a lot with his wife Flo (Carol Channing) and isn't sure what to make of his daughter Darlene (Alexandra Hay), especially since she started dating a hippie named Stash (John Phillip Law). Two of Tony's superiors, Angie (Frankie Avalon) and Hechy (Cesar Romero), order him to get arrested, go to prison and once behind bars whack "Blue Chips" Packard (Mickey Rooney). Though he's not pleased with the idea, Tony grudgingly goes along, but once inside, he's accidentally dosed with LSD by counterculture activist the Professor (Austin Pendleton). His consciousness expanded by his trip, Tony leaves his violent lifestyle behind him and with the Professor's help plans an escape after turning the entire prison population on to acid. Certainly your only opportunity to see Groucho Marx play a character named "God," not to mention a supporting cast that includes Slim Pickens, Peter Lawford, George Raft, Frank Gorshin and Arnold Stang, Skidoo is also remembered as the film in which Harry Nilsson sang all the credits.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stanley Ralph Ross, Doran William Cannon, Elliott Baker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 23, 2014
Paramount Pictures


Jackie Gleason
as Tony Banks
Carol Channing
as Flo Banks
Fred Clark
as Tower Guard
George Raft
as Capt. Garbaldo
Mickey Rooney
as `Blue Chips' Packard
Austin Pendleton
as Fred the Professor
Alexandra Hay
as Darlene Banks
Donyale Luna
as `God's' Mistress
Phil Arnold
as Mayor's Husband
Slim Pickens
as Switchboard Operator
Robert Donner
as Switchboard Operator
Tom Law
as Geronimo
Jaik Rosenstein
as `Eggs' Benedict
Stacy King
as The Amazon
Renny Roker
as Prison Guard
Roman Gabriel
as Prison Guard
Harry Nilsson
as Tower Guard
Stone Country
as Themselves
as `God's' Mistress
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Critic Reviews for Skidoo

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Skidoo patronises young and old alike, which is pretty much like cutting off both legs before a track meet.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

Preminger seems unable to invest his film with any lightness or spontaneity.

Full Review… | October 22, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The movie, which has the form of comedy, is 98 minutes of disconnected story-conference ideas.

Full Review… | October 22, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

One of those movies that defies labels like "good" or "bad" or "insane" or "genius," Skidoo conveys the generation gap of the late 1960s in a singularly bizarre way.

Full Review… | June 4, 2012

A stodgy old example of the establishment desperate attempt to cash in on an increasingly powerful youth counterculture movement.

Full Review… | July 25, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

... Keystone Mobsters, with career criminals and fun-loving hippies colliding in a comedy of flower power, slapstick and psychedelia...

Full Review… | July 20, 2011

Audience Reviews for Skidoo

There are worse movies you could watch than this but not many and certainly none with a cast as famous as this! What starts as a silly but not dreadful generation gap comedy devolves into an incoherent mess capped by the horrifying sight of Carol Channing in long platinum wig, admiral's hat and red hot pants singing the title tune. Just when you think it can't get any worse Frankie Avalon sings the credits! It's as dreadful as it sounds. For bad movie lovers this will be heaven for the rest of the world it's a psychedelic version of hell. A great many famous actors, some more talented then others, damage their reputations and embarrass themselves. A testament to a time when major studios, Paramount in this case, were trying to connect to an audience that it had no understanding of and entrusting it to a director who was equally clueless.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Jackie Gleason plays a retired gangster sent to prison to assassinate a stool pigeon; gentle, freaky flower children help him get out of the mess he's gotten himself into in this notorious all-star train-wreck made by squares for the benefit of the counterculture. Watch it to see Carol Channing doing the frug in yellow pantyhose, Groucho Marx playing "God" and saying "groovy," and, best of all, Jackie Gleason freaking out on LSD. Not for the average moviegoer but if your looking for rare camp this is a gold mine.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


In 1968 Otto Priminger decided to take acid and shoot a film, Skidoo is the result. Gleason's a hippie hating ex-mobster and his boss is a Kingpin called GOD played by Groucho Marx. The cast is amazing with music by Harry Nillson. The film is very strange and campy, it's not very good but worth a watch just to see Groucho smoke dope.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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