The Oscar (1966)
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as Frank Fane
as Kay Bergdahl
as Kappy Kapstetter
as Sophie Cantaro
as Kenneth H. Regan
as Laurel Scott
as Hymie Kelly
as Trina Yale
as Barney Yale
as Orrin C. Quentin
as Network Executive
as Steve Marks
as Cheryl Barker
as Marriage Broker
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Critic Reviews for The Oscar
This is the story of a vicious, bitter, firstclass heel who rises to stardom on the blood of those close to him. Without a single redeeming quality, part played by Stephen Boyd is unsympathetic virtually from opening shots.
Tacky Tinseltown soaper, logging the unscrupulous rise to stardom of an Academy-nominated actor in a succession of flashbacks, featuring numerous stellar walk-ons and dreadful dialogue.
A piece of expensive claptrap, loaded with harrowing clichés.
It may be the quintessential Hollywood movie, except that it was greeted with guffaws on sight.
The plot here is so melodramatic and so unrealistic that the film becomes laughable.
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"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.
Overblown and hoky but compulsively watchable nontheless.
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