Maidstone (1970)





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To create this 70 minute film, it took Norman Mailer five days and five camera crews and over 100 people to shoot 45 hours of film. He then spent the next two years (in between writing books) editing it down. Unfortunately, for all that work, the results are less than edifying. Maidstone is the pretentious tale of a filmmaker's bid for the presidency. When not campaigning, he is making a film on Long Island. The trouble begins when someone threatens his life. Ostensibly he is being protected by a certain group who may or may not be the killers. Meanwhile, the candidate gets into many fights with conservatives and liberals and with his wife from whom he is separated. In the end, he and his half brother get into a big ugly fight.
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Norman Mailer
as Kingsley
Rip Torn
as Raoul Rey O'Houlihan
Beverly Bentley
as Chula Mae
Robert Gardiner
as Secret Service Chief
Leo Garen
as Producer
Ultra Violet
as Herself
Jean Campbell
as Jeanne Cardigan
Joy Bang
as Joy Broom
Lee Cook
as Lazarus
Luba Harrington
as Russian Delegate
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Full Review… | April 6, 2007
New York Times
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Full Review… | April 6, 2007
Time Out
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As much as you might suffer watching Norman Mailer's films, you can always take comfort in the fact that he suffered more while making them.

Full Review… | August 27, 2012
Slant Magazine

Will the real Norman Mailer please shut up?

April 7, 2007

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