Shampoo

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A sex comedy crossed with social satire, Shampoo (1975) is a vital 1970s Hollywood work. Co-written by top '70s screenwriter Robert Towne and star/producer/avowed Democrat Warren Beatty, Shampoo's witty examination of the Los Angeles rich and lustful eulogizes the 1960s hedonism brought low by the Richard Nixon years, while Nixon's 1974 Watergate demise adds an extra unspoken bite to the proceedings. Along with the politics, Beatty tweaks his own Lothario image as the popular ladies' man hairdresser who may have lots of hair, but not lots of brains. Beatty's beautifully dim George may be what Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant, and a comically precocious Carrie Fisher want, yet he and his orgy-attending milieu should never underestimate the power of Jack Warden's Lester and his Rolls. Directed with a low-key gift for humor and sensitivity by estimable '70s filmmaker Hal Ashby, Shampoo spreads the blame equally without over-judging the characters' weaknesses. Proving his mastery of the zeitgeist once again, Beatty scored his second enormous box-office success as a producer-star, and earned his first Oscar nomination for writing; Shampoo went on to become one of the top hits of 1975.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/1996
  • UPC: 043396605282
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Beatty George
Julie Christie Jackie
Goldie Hawn Jill
Lee Grant Felicia
Jack Warden Lester
Carrie Fisher Lorna
Howard Hesseman Red Dog
Tony Bill Johnny Pope
Jay Robinson Norman
George Furth Bank Officer
William Castle Sid Roth
Susan Blakely
Michelle Phillips Girl at Party
Randy Sheer Dennis
Ann Weldon Mary
Luana Anders Devra
Sue Moore Gloria
Mike Olton Ricci
Richard Kalk Younger Detective
Hal Buckley Kenneth
Jack Bernardi Izzy
Brad Dexter Senator East
Doris Packer Rosalind
Cherie Latimer Girl in Car
George Justin Producer
Joan Marshall Mrs. Schumann
Kathleen Miller Anjanette
Dina Ousley Hairdresser
Daryl Roach Boy at Party
Constance Smith Twin
Sean Walsh Boy with Twins
Andrew Stevens Boy #2
Sharon Kelly Painted Lady
Wally Crowder Malone's Delivery Boy
Cynthia Wood Beauty Shop Customer
Susan McIver Customer
Howard Culver Newscaster
Technical Credits
Hal Ashby Director
John Barry Score Composer
Warren Beatty Producer, Screenwriter
W. Stewart Campbell Production Designer
Thomas E. Case Makeup
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
Robert Jones Editor
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Art Levinson Asst. Director
Charles H. Maguire Associate Producer, Production Manager
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Resh Set Decoration/Design
Paul Simon Score Composer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Towne Screenwriter
Frank Warner Sound Editor
Charles M. Zacha Jr. Set Decoration/Design
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