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The Day of the Locust (1975)

Cast: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, more...
Director: John Schlesinger
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 144 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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The Day of the Locust is anything but a cheerful, light look at Hollywood in the '30s. It recreates both the town as well as the filmmaking world around which much of the town revolved with devastating accuracy. The movie tells the twin tales of talentless wannabe actress Faye Greener (Karen Black) and Homer Simpson (Donald Sutherland), a lovelorn accountant who couldn't care less about movies. Around this framework, a huge and intricate social network is tellingly revealed, until the film's gruesome and tragic ending. Not for those who prefer to hang onto their illusions about the glory days of Hollywood, The Day of the Locust, based on the novel by Nathanael West, is a must-see for serious film buffs. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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Great film by RTonucci October 14, 2009 - 6:32 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This film was a labor of love -- directing and acting are top notch -- William Atherton, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Donald Sutherland are all superb. It is 2 1/2 hours long, so it might be best watched in two installments. Probably one of the best films of the 1970s -- it's so good that it's hard to believe it actually got made.

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