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Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)

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In this comedy, young Donald Beeman (Tom Smothers) becomes disillusioned with his business career and quits to become a tap-dancing magician. However, the grass isn't always greener, and Donald soon discovers that the money-oriented aspects of his former career are starting to creep into his new life.

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Cast

Tom Smothers
as Donald Beeman
John Astin
as Mr. Turnbull
Orson Welles
as Mr. Delasandro
Hope Summers
as Mrs. Beeman
Charles Lane
as Mr. Beeman
Robert Ball
as Mr. Weber
Larry D. Mann
as Mr. Seager
King Moody
as TV Reporter
Jack Collins
as Mr. Reese
George Ives
as Mr. Morris
M. Emmet Walsh
as Mr. Wendel
Helen Page Camp
as Mrs. Wendel
Jessica Myerson
as Mrs. Reese
Anne Randall
as Stewardess
Bob Einstein
as Police Officer
Judy Marcione
as Miss Parsons
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Critic Reviews for Get to Know Your Rabbit

All Critics (4)

A typically worthless early effort from Brian De Palma...

Full Review… | May 5, 2016
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It's some of the seldom-seen UFOs in Brian De Palma's career that can dramatically alter one's perception of his work.

Full Review… | August 23, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Get to Know Your Rabbit

This early effort from Brian DePalma has drugs, magic tricks, female nudity, and a Orson Wells cameo, now if it could only make a story appear out of all that mess they would really have something here.

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs
½

A bizarre nugget from director Brian DePalma's early career, "Get to Know Your Rabbit" lands halfway between Woody Allen's concurrent farces ("Bananas," "Sleeper") and the many late-'60s comedies ("I Love You, Alice B. Toklas," for instance) where a "straight" drops out to experiment with the subculture. Tom Smothers is Donald Beeman, an executive marketing analyst who turns exasperated with the corporate grind, quits his job, moves to a fleabag hotel and takes lessons to become (ta-daa) a tap-dancing magician. His teacher? Orson Welles, of course. A pitiful string of bookings in sleazy bars follows, but Donald is happy to be living his dream. Along the way, he meets a beautiful gal or two, including groupie Katharine Ross (who must have been asking herself how her career so quickly plunged from "The Graduate" and "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid" to this silly flick). Familiar faces Charles Lane, M. Emmet Walsh and Bob "Super Dave Osbourne" Einstein also pop in for random scenes, while the always wonderful Allen Garfield has a solid part as an overbearing brassiere salesman. And John Astin is Donald's needy ex-boss who becomes a crucial obstacle to the righteous, unfettered life. From the start, it's obvious that "Get to Know Your Rabbit" is too absurdist to have any real satirical bite. The plot makes less and less sense as it goes (just how many cut-rate magicians can the marketplace handle?) and, except for a couple of overhead tracking shots, the film has the aesthetics of a bland sitcom rerun. Smothers is a likable star, but his magic skills fail to impress (partly by design, sure). He does allow himself some racy moves that wouldn't pass on television, such as briefly exposing his genitals (too far away from the camera to be notable) and squeezing naked breasts. "Rabbit" is a fun little romp, but viewers seeking DePalma's comic side are much better off finding his previous film, "Hi Mom!"

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

½

There's not enough here to rank it with the best of De Palma's satires (Hi, Mom and Phantom of Paradise, if you can consider the latter that), but it's such a bizarre movie that it kind of works almost in spite of itself. De Palma's got a lot of verve with his direction, which is to be expected, but any moment with Orson Welles is awesome and there's a few really genuinely laugh out loud moments here. It's really one of those near "lost" movies that not surprisingly never really found an audience. It's a true oddity, and I mean that as sort of a compliment (sadly De Palma got fired during editing, though maybe it's not hard to see why).

Jack Gattanella
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