The Hollywood Knights 1980

The Hollywood Knights

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It's Halloween night, 1965, and members of the Hollywood Knights -- a drag-racing club -- have just been informed that their cherished Beverly Hills, Calif., hangout, Tubby's Diner, is being demolished to make way for an office building. Newbomb Turk (Robert Wuhl), the club's leader, vows to fight back. Duke (Tony Danza) and his girlfriend, Suzie Q (Michelle Pfeiffer), help Newbomb as they navigate a rough patch in their relationship. Meanwhile, the police work to shut the diner down.

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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  • 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.
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