Mickey One

Mickey One

Director: Arthur Penn

Cast: Arthur Penn, Warren Beatty, Hurd Hatfield, Alexandra Stewart

     
 

Often described as a French New Wave film made in Hollywood, Arthur Penn's 1965 art movie enters the unsettlingly paranoid world of a nightclub comic on the run from the Mob. Having fooled around with the wrong blonde and gambled himself into an unpayable debt, an entertainer (Warren Beatty) flees to Chicago, where he hides out and changes his name to Mickey One. He… See more details below

Overview

Often described as a French New Wave film made in Hollywood, Arthur Penn's 1965 art movie enters the unsettlingly paranoid world of a nightclub comic on the run from the Mob. Having fooled around with the wrong blonde and gambled himself into an unpayable debt, an entertainer (Warren Beatty) flees to Chicago, where he hides out and changes his name to Mickey One. He hooks up with Jenny (Alexandra Stewart) and Castle (Hurd Hatfield), the owner of the nightclub Xanadu, but he cannot shake the paralyzing conviction that he's being pursued no matter where he is. After being beaten by unknown assailants, Mickey finally decides that escape is impossible, so he might as well just do his thing.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Eschewing any semblance of conventional Hollywood narrative, Arthur Penn and writer Alan Surgal present a world skewed through Mickey's neuroses, putting viewers in the position of his unease and uncertainty. Steeped in New Wave devices like abrupt editing and jittery location shooting, Mickey One evades easy answers to the main character's psychological dilemma in favor of disjointed actions and evocative imagery, like a hapless Mickey (Warren Beatty) chased around a dark stage by a spotlight. Deemed bizarre and opaque in 1965, Mickey One disappeared swiftly after it was released. Despite this poor reception, however, Beatty hired Penn to direct what would be Beatty's debut as a producer: the landmark "Hollywood New Wave" film Bonnie and Clyde (1967). As the influence of European cinema on the new Hollywood generation became apparent in the work of such other directors as Mike Nichols and Martin Scorsese, and paranoia became a persistent theme of the early 1970s, Mickey One now seems an artistically challenging sign of things to come. Its art-movie atmosphere of malaise and anxiety, together with its romantic anti-hero and unconventional style, would all be familiar elements of American movies ten years later.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2010
UPC:
0043396355064
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
43,728

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Beatty Mickey One
Hurd Hatfield Castle
Alexandra Stewart Jenny
Teddy Hart Berson
Jeff Corey Fryer
Kamatari Fujiwara The Artist
Franchot Tone Ruby Lapp
Benny Dunn Nightclub Comic
Mike Fish Italian Restaurant Owner
Dick Lucas Employment Agent
Robert Sickinger Policeman
Helen Witkowski Landlady
James Middleton Iggie
Ralph Foody Police Captain
Norman Gottschalk The Evangelist
Charlene Lee The Singer
Donna Michelle The Girl

Technical Credits
Arthur Penn Director,Producer
Aram Avakian Editor
Ghislain Cloquet Cinematographer
George Jenkins Production Designer
Robert Jiras Makeup
Domingo Rodriguez Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Shaindlin Score Composer

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