The Hollywood Knights

1980

The Hollywood Knights

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17%

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70%

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Fran Drescher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tony Danza are the most notable aspects of this forgettable teen drama that features a gang of youths in a car club who decide to battle it out with the establishment in Beverly Hills. It seems their favorite haunt, the last drive-in restaurant in the neighborhood, has been forced to close. Their rebellion is marked by tactics that might be embarrassing to any serious rebels: they turn a high school banner into an X-rated statement, sabotage a police car, ruin a manicured garden, and urinate in a punch bowl. These shenanigans take place on Halloween in 1965, a time when practical jokes are usually in the hands of elementary school kids -- and that level of maturity is maintained here.

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Cast

Robert Wuhl
as Newbomb Turk
Leigh French
as Jacqueline Freedman
Randy Gornel
as Wheatly
Gary Graham
as Jimmy Shine
Sandy Helberg
as Officer Clark
Stuart Pankin
as Dudley Laywicker
P.R. Paul
as Simpson
Jerry Brutsche
as Driving Instructor
Joey Camen
as Pledge
T.K. Carter
as Do Wopper
Al Chalk
as Do Wopper
Bob Drake
as Stunt
Debra Feuer
as Cheetah
Garry Goodrow
as Jack Friedman
Walter Janowitz
as Martin Katzenberg
Mina Kolb
as Dudley's Mother
Bill Lytle
as Tubby's Customer
Arnold McCuller
as Do Wopper
Demetre Phillips
as Newbomb's Brother
Charles Stewart
as Homeowner
Roberta Wallach
as Shirley Weintraub
Al White
as Louis
Otis Young
as Waiter
Chuck Cooper
as Himself
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Audience Reviews for The Hollywood Knights

  • Sep 03, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/hollywood-knights-12048084"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/04/80/12048084_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I> "Volare" </I></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/hollywood-knights-12048080"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/04/80/12048080_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a></div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/hollywood-knights-12048217"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/04/82/12048217_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/hollywood-knights-12048071"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/04/80/12048071_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">"Tubby's" (the hangout)</a> - <B><I>The Hollywood Knights</I></B></div></div> \Written by Floyd Mutrux and Richard Lederer. Directed by Floyd Mutrux. With Robert Wuhl, Tony Danza, Fran Drescher, and Michelle Pfeiffer. It's Halloween, 1965 and teen car club members play practical jokes on the establishment in revenge for the imminent demolishing of their beloved hangout by the local PTA, business fraternities, and neighborhood association. Hollywood Knights features somewhat predictable humor, yet is a surprisingly funny, slightly bawdy comedy made for a wider audience than just teenagers. It's senior year and the characters are soon to go their separate ways. Their hangout is coming down, and the pranksters are making the obligatory symbolic last stand. Four unoriginal subplots comprise the Halloween night activities: initiating pledges, pulling some clever practical jokes, trying to get laid, and futile actions made by the authorities to apprehend them. However, the production manages to hold our attention surprisingly well. One of the funniest scenes occurs when Hollywood Knights leader "Turk Newcomb" (Robert Wuhl) crashes a pep rally and performs "Volare," with a live mike, Le Petomane style. This must seem ribald and tasteless, but the presentation is one of the funniest bits performed in any of these types of movies. Hollywood Knights is detestably the fourth funniest and fourth most well written of all of the fraternity/teenage hijinks type comedies that audiences have had to endure for the past 36 years. It could be argued that only American Graffiti, Animal House, and Dazed and Confused would outrank it in entertainment and laughs by the standards of the genre.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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