Smile (1975)



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The American beauty-contest ritual is skewered by screenwriter Jerry Belson and director Michael Ritchie in Smile. The film takes place during an annual pageant in Santa Rosa, CA. The event is supervised by local mover and shaker Brenda DiCarlo (Barbara Feldon), to whom the contest is the most important thing on earth. Nothing -- not even the violent backlash of her neglected husband, Andy (Nicholas Pryor) -- is allowed to interfere with her pet project. Choreographer Tommy French (Michael … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
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Written By: Jerry Belson
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On DVD: Aug 24, 2004



as "Big Bob" Freelander

as Brenda DiCarlo

as Tommy French

as Wilson Shears

as Andy DiCarlo

as Connie Thompson/'Mis...

as Robin Gibson/'Miss A...

as Shirley Tolstoy/'Mis...

as Doria Houston/'Miss ...

as Maria Gonzales/'Miss...

as Karen Love/'Miss Sim...

as Judy Wagner/'Miss Mo...

as Emil Eidleman

as Ray Brandy

as `Little Bob' Freelan...

as Freddy

as Orren Brooks

as Ted Farley

as Jo Ann Marshall

as Dr. Malvert

as `Miss Fountain Valle...
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Critic Reviews for Smile

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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A poignant satire dissecting American beauty pageants

Full Review… | July 23, 2011

Audience Reviews for Smile

Released the same year as Robert Altman's "Nashville," "Smile" takes a similar satirical look at lowbrow American culture. What's most wonderful is that this Michael Ritchie film not only paints a ruthless picture of a vapid "Young American Miss" pageant, steadily refusing to grant the audience any note of reassuring sentimentality, but that its gags are often laugh-out-loud funny (particularly during the talent competition). Not all satires manage to operate on that more visceral level. The cast is full of faces who became much more familiar later -- Melanie Griffith, Annette O'Toole, Dennis Dugan, George Wyner, Colleen Camp -- but Bruce Dern stands out as the dim but well-meaning head judge (a car salesman during the rest of the year) who always tries to put an upbeat spin on life.

Eric Broome
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This is a nostalgic gem--a snapshot of a lifestyle from bygone days. Bruce Dern with that winning car salesman smile captures the joy & naiviete of a generation. Co-stars Barbara Feldman (Get Smart's Agent 99) & a very young Eric Shea (Castaway Cowboy, Po\seidon) are a wonderful supportive cast for this "picture perfect" look at life in white suburbia pre-60's. I don't even think Rock n Roll has hit this little Santa Rosa, Californian town. In its innocence this is a look at if NOT a small town geographically at least in mentality "small town" life filled with sameness, homogeneousness. Excellent actors make this movie a "worth see" in my book! My "book" WILL include at least a chapter or so somehow sharing the amazing "playground" that the Southwest used to be to us Midwestern "transplants."

Teresa S

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