Greaser's Palace (1972)




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Set in a mystical frontier town where Seaweedhead Greaser runs his eponymous saloon, this freewheeling social satire features, among other things, a vaudeville Jesus, a topless Indian scout and a homosexual cowboy.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Western
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Greaser's Palace

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Albert Henderson
as Seaweedhead Greaser
Michael Sullivan
as Lamy Greaser
Luana Anders
as Cholera Greaser
Allan Arbus
as Jesse
Jim Antonio
as Vernon
George Morgan
as Coo Coo
James Antonio
as Vernon
Ron Nealy
as Card Man/Ghost
Larry Moyer
as Captain Good
Jackson Haynes
as Rope Man
Lawrence Wolf
as French Padre
Pablo Ferro
as Indian
Toni Basil
as Indian Girl
Stanley Gottlieb
as Spitunia
Stan Gottlieb
as Spitunia
Herve Villechaize
as Mr. Spitunia
Joe Madden
as Man With Painting
Don Calfa
as Morris
Elsie Downey
as The Woman
Rex King
as Turquoise Skies
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Critic Reviews for Greaser's Palace

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

The film, I'm told, cost close to $1-million, and it looks it, which depresses me even more than its witlessness.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

As a product of an unusually adventurous time in cinema history, Greaser's Palace has perverse appeal. As a comedy, it's virtually unwatchable.

Full Review… | May 30, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

An embarrassment.

Full Review… | May 19, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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July 22, 2005

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September 16, 2004
Boulder Weekly

Audience Reviews for Greaser's Palace

Wow. This must have been really funny when all the college kids saw it back in the day (when they were high). Now, it's pretty much a strange relic of its era.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

I first saw "Greaser's Palace" in the late '70s, when I was far too young to understand its allegorical aspects. The one detail I always remembered was some lunatic inexplicably repeating a phrase which sounded something like "Ee-wop-see-dep." Well, I recently saw the film for the second time, and that scene was *still* puzzling. I still couldn't understand what the character was saying -- I guessed something close to "Who is he, Jep?" but the Web says it's actually "Who is he gip." Um, OK. Even listening to this film minus visuals would be quite bizarre. People wordlessly howl and cry like animals, for a variety of reasons. Mariachi music intrudes at random intervals. Other scenes have long silences, while characters simply trudge around the terrain. There's an anachronistic boogie-woogie song (with a mediocre vocal, besides), and even the closing seconds add a strange din of electronic noises. It's a lot for baffled ears to process. But I was so pleased that Greaser finally beat his constipation problem. "Greaser's Palace" is totally insane, but also quite brilliant. Don't miss the young Toni Basil running around as a topless Injun, and little Robert Downey Jr. making a cameo as a child whose throat gets slit!

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


A zoot-suited messiah parachutes into a Western town, performs miracles and boogie-woogie songs, and gets crucified. A string of subtle, absurd sketches hanging off a loose New Testament storyline; fitfully funny, always surprising, and one of the more bizarre movies you're ever likely to see.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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