Hammersmith Is Out (1972)




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Loosely based on the Faust legend, Hammersmith is Out stars Richard Burton as the title character, a mental patient confined to the sanitarium owned by a loony doctor (Peter Ustinov, who also directed). Befriending a lackadaisical orderly named Billy Breedlove (Beau Bridges), the satanic Hammersmith offers Billy untold wealth and power if he'll help him escape. Once on the outside, Hammersmith keeps his promises to Billy, with the help of slovenly hash-slinger Jimmie Jean Jackson (Elizabeth Taylor). When time comes to pay the piper, however, Hammersmith and Jimmie Jean conspire to leave Billy hanging out to dry.
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Elizabeth Taylor
as Jimmie Jean Jackson
Richard Burton
as Hammersmith
Beau Bridges
as Billy Breedlove
Peter Ustinov
as Doctor
Leon Ames
as Gen. Sam Pembroke
Leon Askin
as Dr. Krodt
John Schuck
as Henry Joe
George Raft
as Guido Scartucci
Marjorie Eaton
as Princess
Lisa Jak
as Kiddo
Linda Gaye Scott
as Miss Quim
Mel Berger
as Fat Man
Brook Williams
as Peter Rutter
Linda Scott
as Miss Quim
Carl Donn
as Cleopatra
Stan Ross
as Patient
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Critic Reviews for Hammersmith Is Out

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

What is, apparently, an exercise in spoofery on the part of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the even more energetic Peter Ustinov, starts as a variation on the Faust legend but almost immediately turns into a belabored antic.

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
Top Critic

Both Bridges and Miss Taylor display a certain vulgar, ratty charm that is often funny.

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

Hammersmith is Out is one of the year's best comedies. It is also, while it's at it, one of the year's best satires, but it doesn't lay the satire on very heavily.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Inept Taylor-Burton vehicle is one more variation on the Faust legend, with Burton as a lunatic consigned to Ustinov's asylum.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TV Guide

Simply atrocious -- one of the very worst films ever made.

September 26, 2008
Film Threat

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