Author Topic: ABCs at the Movies: The Doubles Round!  (Read 1150195 times)

Offline memento

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« Reply #1130 on: November 04, 2007, 11:10:29 pm »

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« Reply #1131 on: November 04, 2007, 11:43:44 pm »
IMDb tagline: "There was never a breed like these ruthless seven!"

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« Reply #1132 on: November 05, 2007, 02:29:43 am »
Slim pickin's...

Starring
Robert Vaughn           ...   Napoleon Solo
David McCallum    ...   Illya Kuryakin

IMDb: U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin travel around the globe in an effort to track down a secret formula that was divided into four parts and left by a dying scientist with his four daughters, all of whom live in different countries. Evil THRUSH agent Randolph also wants the formula, and is aided by his karate-chopping henchmen.

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« Reply #1133 on: November 05, 2007, 03:21:41 am »


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« Reply #1134 on: November 05, 2007, 07:21:09 am »


==comment==

This comment from an IMDb user seems to say it all...

Speaking as someone who has made an extensive study of the live-action Disney films of the 1960s-1970s I can say with some authority that this is truly one of the worst films ever released by Disney; almost unwatchable. With the charming Dean Jones and Yvette Mimieux at the center of a romantic plot this film has its moments (along with a delightful Maurice Chevalier, in what is a small role though curiously first-billed), but it is constantly derailed by the need to add monkey antics to the mix. Bringing in trained animals is a constant source of mirth in Disney live action gimmick comedies; it works in a Bubblegum Pop/ College Comedy setting (see the Disney film "The Monkeys Uncle") but against the backdrop of an American desperately trying to save an olive farm in Provence the entire film just fights against itself for a hundred minutes. Supporting characters rage about for no apparent reason, constantly entering and exiting the plot with no apparent motivation; and we are supposed to believe (and the plot hinges) on the concept that the entire village would be outraged that a man would use trained monkeys to pick olives for a harvest that last but three days a year instead of hiring locals is a stretch even by Disney standards (and this is the studio that convinced us a boy could turn into a dog and a car could have a mind of its own).

This was released in the year following Walt Disney's death. One might wonder if he would have chucked the entire thing rather than release this to theatres under the Disney name. It is truly shocking that this film made it to DVD before many other, better-remembered titles from the era.
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« Reply #1135 on: November 05, 2007, 09:22:44 am »

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« Reply #1136 on: November 05, 2007, 10:05:10 am »

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« Reply #1137 on: November 05, 2007, 10:10:17 am »

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« Reply #1138 on: November 05, 2007, 10:31:37 am »

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« Reply #1139 on: November 05, 2007, 10:42:47 am »


apparently retitled as "Those Fantastic Flying Fools" when released on VHS in US
“It can be a little distressing to have to overintellectualize yourself” - Heath Ledger