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Inside Daisy Clover (1966)

Inside Daisy Clover (1966)



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Daisy Clover (Natalie Wood) goes from teenage girl to movie star practically overnight when her demented mother enters her voice in a talent-search contest. From a broken-down carnival on the Santa Monica Pier, in no time at all she is attending glamorous Hollywood parties. But Daisy soon learns that misery and pain go hand-in-hand with fame and fortune. Before Daisy completes her first film, the studio execs have her mother committed to an asylum without permission. Daisy tries to find happiness in a series of unfulfilling romances, her one-day marriage to Wade Lewis (Robert Redford) leaving her alone and divorced. After her mother dies, Daisy has a nervous breakdown and refuses to work, but the cold-hearted studio moguls threaten her with starvation if she does not report back to the soundstage. Christopher Plummer, Ruth Gordon (in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Roddy McDowell co-star in this story of a Hollywood dream that turns into a nightmare.

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Natalie Wood
as Daisy Clover
Robert Redford
as Wade Lewis/Lewis Wade
Christopher Plummer
as Raymond Swan
Ruth Gordon
as The Dealer - Mrs. Clover
Roddy McDowall
as Walter Baines
Katharine Bard
as Melora Swan
Katherine Bard
as Melora Swan
Betty Harford
as Gloria Goslett
John Hale
as Harry Goslett
Ottola Nesmith
as Old Lady in Hospital
Peter Helm
as Milton Hopwood
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Critic Reviews for Inside Daisy Clover

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Hollywood self-satire is also a corridor of mirrors where movie makers are apt to start cringing.

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Wood's movements are spasmodic and graceless. The director Robert Mulligan can't quite find the rhythm, either. Some of the picture is whimsical, some of it as lugubrious as a horror movie.

May 1, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Covering a two-year period, the outcome is at times disjointed and episodic as the title character played by Natalie Wood emerges more nebulous than definitive.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
Top Critic

Gavin Lambert's screenplay (from his own novel) lives in the land of the ambiguous and fey, which is probably why the film now seems subtle and attractive.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The talented director Robert Mulligan, apparently engulfed by studio overproduction, falters at times, not always knowing whether to play things straight or for laughs.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Too much, too soon, for Daisy and for us.

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Inside Daisy Clover

Bizarre, WTF satire (?) of Hollywood fame and its affect on those stars passing through its gates. From the get-go, you have next to no idea what the heck this movie is shooting for. I have no idea what the novel was like, so I have no idea whether this film is completely off-base, or is it just unsuccessfully trying to adapt an "un-adaptable" book. Garish, unpleasant, pointless.

John Miller
John Miller

This is such a disappointing movie! It's got a fantastic cast, but it wastes them on a cliched, predictable, old story with nothing new to offer. I will say that it has some good moments, but overall it's a let down, especially the end.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

"Inside Daisy Clover" is the earliest movie I've seen that features an actress play on the same field as any of the top actors of the time. Natalie Wood never really got the credit she deserved as an actress, and this was the reason she became the legend she's remembered as. The supporting cast is amazing with Christopher Plummer as the very creepy studio executive and Robert Redford as a closeted Bi-Sexual actor, which seemed incredibly revolutionary for the time it was made. It's kind of the female version "Rebel without a Cause" mixed in with a demented Sherry Temple story.

Nelson Pickens
Nelson Pickens

Super Reviewer

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