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The Oscar

1966, Drama, 1h 59m

16 Reviews 50+ Ratings

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Frank (Stephen Boyd), his girlfriend, Laurel (Jill St. John), and their mutual best friend, Hymie (Tony Bennett), are cabaret performers in New York City. Desperate for success, Frank dumps Laurel for Kay (Elke Sommer), a costume designer, and he uses her to get to Sophie (Eleanor Parker), a drama coach with connections in Hollywood. Soon, Frank becomes an established actor, but he's also a heartless publicity hound, and his arrogant behavior begins to alienate everyone who cares for him.

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  • Jul 03, 2012
    "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.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2009
    Overblown and hoky but compulsively watchable nontheless.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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