Skidoo

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Tough Tony Banks (Jackie Gleason) is a malcontented mobster who is perpetually at odds with his wife, Flo (Carol Channing). When Tony receives an unusual assignment from a crime lord known as God (Groucho Marx), he reluctantly accepts and must get himself arrested and incarcerated with the sole purpose of killing an imprisoned convict. Tony's mission gets completely derailed, however, when he accidentally takes acid and has a mind-expanding experience that leads to an ambitious escape plan.

Cast

Jackie Gleason
as Tony Banks
Carol Channing
as Flo Banks
Fred Clark
as Tower Guard
George Raft
as Capt. Garbaldo
Mickey Rooney
as `Blue Chips' Packard
Austin Pendleton
as Fred the Professor
Alexandra Hay
as Darlene Banks
Donyale Luna
as `God's' Mistress
Phil Arnold
as Mayor's Husband
Slim Pickens
as Switchboard Operator
Robert Donner
as Switchboard Operator
Tom Law
as Geronimo
Jaik Rosenstein
as `Eggs' Benedict
Stacy King
as The Amazon
Renny Roker
as Prison Guard
Roman Gabriel
as Prison Guard
Harry Nilsson
as Tower Guard
Stone Country
as Themselves
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Audience Reviews for Skidoo

  • Jan 21, 2014
    There are worse movies you could watch than this but not many and certainly none with a cast as famous as this! What starts as a silly but not dreadful generation gap comedy devolves into an incoherent mess capped by the horrifying sight of Carol Channing in long platinum wig, admiral's hat and red hot pants singing the title tune. Just when you think it can't get any worse Frankie Avalon sings the credits! It's as dreadful as it sounds. For bad movie lovers this will be heaven for the rest of the world it's a psychedelic version of hell. A great many famous actors, some more talented then others, damage their reputations and embarrass themselves. A testament to a time when major studios, Paramount in this case, were trying to connect to an audience that it had no understanding of and entrusting it to a director who was equally clueless.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2011
    Jackie Gleason plays a retired gangster sent to prison to assassinate a stool pigeon; gentle, freaky flower children help him get out of the mess he's gotten himself into in this notorious all-star train-wreck made by squares for the benefit of the counterculture. Watch it to see Carol Channing doing the frug in yellow pantyhose, Groucho Marx playing "God" and saying "groovy," and, best of all, Jackie Gleason freaking out on LSD. Not for the average moviegoer but if your looking for rare camp this is a gold mine.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2008
    In 1968 Otto Priminger decided to take acid and shoot a film, Skidoo is the result. Gleason's a hippie hating ex-mobster and his boss is a Kingpin called GOD played by Groucho Marx. The cast is amazing with music by Harry Nillson. The film is very strange and campy, it's not very good but worth a watch just to see Groucho smoke dope.
    cody f Super Reviewer

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