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Shampoo (1975)

Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, more...
Director: Hal Ashby
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Running Time: 109 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Korean, Basque
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A frankly adult comedy about the sex lives of the aimless and the rich, Shampoo is also a pointed commentary on the demise of 1960s idealism at the dawn of the Nixon era. It is Election Day, 1968, and randy Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is too worried about attending to all of his women's tonsorial and sexual needs, while trying to swing a bank loan to fund his own salon, to notice the fateful Presidential race. As George juggles the demands of girlfriend Jill (Goldie Hawn) and mistress Felicia (Lee Grant), not to mention Felicia's daughter (Carrie Fisher), he meets Felicia's husband Lester (Jack Warden) to get money for the salon and discovers that his beloved ex-girlfriend Jackie (Julie Christie) is now Lester's mistress. Lester asks George to escort Jackie to a banquet for Nixon supporters, leading to a series of climactic confrontations at the dinner and a Hollywood orgy that expose the conflicting demands of sex, love, and security among these terminally narcissistic L.A. denizens. As Nixon's victory speech drones in the background the following day and Paul Simon's mournful '60s music plays on the soundtrack, George's free-wheeling world collapses around him for reasons that he can barely begin to comprehend. Produced and co-written (with Chinatown scribe Robert Towne) by its star Warren Beatty, Shampoo became Beatty's second critical and popular success as a producer after Bonnie and Clyde, and it bolstered Hal Ashby's track record as director. Shampoo earned Grant an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, as well as a Supporting Actor nomination for Warden and Beatty's first nomination as writer. With Nixon's 1974 Watergate disgrace adding an extra edge to the humor for 1975 audiences, this tragic bedroom farce became one of the highest-grossing films in Columbia Pictures' history at the time. ~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

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Give me a brush cut instead! by WZoller July 14, 2004 - 6:34 PM PDT
4 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Don't see what all the great commotion was about this movie, other than it being a parallel to Beatty's life. Acting was just so-so, and the only thing that really stood out was Beatty's hair, which really was pretty bad for a beautician. Don't rush out for this one.

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America on Film in the 1970s
Syllabus for Cinema 5 class at Santa Monica College (Fall 2004)
Mock the Vote / Don't Mock the Vote
Politicians are absurd, campaigns are high kitsch, and corruption is very, very real. All the more reason for us to rally around democracy! Here are some great satires on campaigning [also, rent Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" on video] GET OUT AND VOTE!!

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