OK, this movie has been off the shelves for YEARS. It is known to be infamously BAD. But I'm on this mission - I'm trying to see EVERY competitively nominated film that has been given Academy recognition - all 3000+ (I made up the number but it's close to that). This picture received 2 nominations at the 1966 ceremonies for costumes and sets (trust me! you would never get it in the screenwriting categories). The badness starts right in the credits and carries on right to the end. The cast is HUGE both with name actors and wannabees. The cameos are endless and actually contain a number of people who I'm sure are rollling over in their graves when you mention this film. The heart of the problem is Steven Boyd: Steven Boyd was never a great actor, but he's pretty good in this film. The problem is, I wonder if it is acting - he plays a ruthless, cheesey, desperate individual that bullies his way thru the picture taking advantage of everyone AND THEY ALL TAKE IT - they complain but they take it. His first girlfriend is Jill St John (who I'm wondering if she remembers it) who's not in the film long but long enuf to get used, chewed up and thrown out. His wife is Elke Sommer (who couldn't act). He berates her daily, and she leaves and then comes back for more. Thru it all is his best friend - Tony Martin who takes Boyd's crap on an hourly basis. He whines and cries and feels sorry for himself but he comes back in the next scene ready for more - he's a pathetic character (one of many). Milton Berle is in the cast in one of the few (if only) dramatic roles he's ever played. If you read any other reviews, you will find he is the only character the critics could tolerate. The film(?) was executively produced by Joseph E. Levine who was an expert at taking good properties and turning them into GodAwful films.
SO WHY THE FIVE STARS???
The 5 stars are because you can't make a picture this bad unintentionally. You have to TRY to be this way. Hopefully PRIME will put this out on a streaming contract. It's not necessarily worth buying unless you are in my position and trying to see as much honored(?) film as possible. But if you do decide to watch it - start a load of laundry without the soap in the machine --- there will be plenty of that soap on the TV. It just won't be sudsy.
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