Skidoo (1968)

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Made on a lavish budget by Otto Preminger and featuring an all-star cast that includes Groucho Marx in his last screen appearance -- and a comic tale that blends gangster melodrama with the 1960s' psychedelia -- Skidoo had promise on paper, but ultimately proved itself a box-office bomb. Tony Banks is a reformed mob hit man who runs an honest car wash with his wife Flo. The first of their many troubles begins when their daughter gets involved with a hippie. Next, his ex-mob boss God calls up and says that he wants Tony to ice "Blue Chips" Packard before he testifies in court. The trouble is that Packard is in prison. At first Tony refuses, but when God orders Tony's best friend shot, he changes his mind and is sent to prison where he is to cozy up to Packard and kill him. But all bets are off after Tony accidentally ingests LSD and goes on a hallucinatory head trip that results in his decision not to kill Packard. Instead, he plans an elaborate escape that lands them into even bigger, more crazy trouble.
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy , Drama
Directed By: Otto Preminger
Written By: Stanley Ralph Ross , Doran William Cannon , Elliott Baker
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

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
Luna
as `God's' Mistress
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Critic Reviews for Skidoo

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Skidoo patronises young and old alike, which is pretty much like cutting off both legs before a track meet.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The movie, which has the form of comedy, is 98 minutes of disconnected story-conference ideas.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Preminger seems unable to invest his film with any lightness or spontaneity.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

These Otto Preminger films may not be perfect, but where else can you see trashcans waltzing or a Batman villain dropping the n-word like it's going out of style?

Full Review… | November 11, 2012
Slant Magazine

One of those movies that defies labels like "good" or "bad" or "insane" or "genius," Skidoo conveys the generation gap of the late 1960s in a singularly bizarre way.

Full Review… | June 3, 2012
Movies.com

Have some of what Groucho's having and discover Preminger's lovably batshit-crazy paean to changing times.

Full Review… | July 27, 2011
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Skidoo

When Bill Mulligan tells you a movie is terrible, you better believe him. I didn't listen, and I watched the horrendous misfire that is Skidoo (1968). That said, I'm glad I got a chance to experience its particular brand of awfulness myself. Some highlights/lowlights: - Groucho in his final film role. - Jackie Gleason on acid - A psychedelic ballet featuring trashcans dancing to a Harry Nilsson song about trash - Tons of cameos (mostly by folks over 40 in a film aimed at the youth of 1968) - Unfunny gags that go on way, way, way too long - Closing credits sung in their entirety(!) by Harry Nilsson

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo

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 nixon
jay nixon

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
Greg S

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