The Bobo

Overview

Peter Sellers stars, as the tagline states, "as that cunning matador who flees from the bulls so that he may chase the chicks!" Juan Bautista Peter Sellers is an inept matador who wants to be a singer. Francisco Carbonell Adolfo Celi, the owner of a local Barcelona night spot, offers Juan a singing contract for a week --the only stipulation being that he has three days to seduce Olimpia Segura Britt Ekland, the "most desirable woman in Barcelona." The bumbling matador tries a series of half-baked lovemaking ...
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Overview

Peter Sellers stars, as the tagline states, "as that cunning matador who flees from the bulls so that he may chase the chicks!" Juan Bautista Peter Sellers is an inept matador who wants to be a singer. Francisco Carbonell Adolfo Celi, the owner of a local Barcelona night spot, offers Juan a singing contract for a week --the only stipulation being that he has three days to seduce Olimpia Segura Britt Ekland, the "most desirable woman in Barcelona." The bumbling matador tries a series of half-baked lovemaking techniques that, amazingly, get Olimpia to come around. But when Olimpia discovers that Juan wanted to seduce her merely to get a singing job, Juan finds that avoiding charging bulls is a much safer vocation than dealing with an irate Olimpia.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although there are some fans of Peter Sellers who maintain that The Bobo contains one of his finest performances, many disagree with this assessment; however, even those who feel that Sellers is in top form here are unlikely to argue that the movie that contains the performance is any good. It starts out promisingly -- very promisingly, as a matter of fact, with a stunning aerial short of Barcelona that is simply breathtaking. Yet after those first few seconds, ennui quickly sets in. There are small spurts of energy here and there along the way, but for the most part, Bobo never jumps to life. Granted, it's not designed as one of Sellers' laugh-out-loud farces; but it does have more than its share of intended-to-be-comic moments, and few of these really land. Worse, its dramatic moments come across as maudlin and sentimental, and an air of pretentiousness hangs over the entire film. Clearly, Sellers was trying to pull a Charlie Chaplin and show us the soul beneath the comic character, but he misses by a wide margin. Perhaps because Robert Parrish was pushed aside as director by Sellers, the film is extremely uneven and suffers from pacing problems. But even with more consistent direction, David R. Schwartz's screenplay would be a muddle. Gerry Turpin's cinematography is noteworthy, as is Francis Lai's score; but little else is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • UPC: 883316248867
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,612

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Juan Bautista
Britt Ekland Olimpia Segura
Rossano Brazzi Carlos Matabosch
Adolfo Celi Francisco Carbonell
Hattie Jacques Trinity Martinez
John Wells Pompadour Major Domo
Kenneth Griffith Pepe Gamazo
Marne Maitland Luis Castillo
Giustino Durano Druggist
Al Lettieri Eugenio Gomez
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Silvestre Flores
Los Tarantos
Technical Credits
Robert Parrish Director
Gus Agosti Asst. Director
Don Ashton Production Designer
Adrianna Berselli Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Frampton Makeup
Jerry Gershwin Producer
John Jympson Editor
Elliott Kastner Producer
Francis Lai Score Composer
John O'Gorman Makeup
David R. Schwartz Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Ronnie Taylor Camera Operator
Gerry Turpin Cinematographer
Elven Webb Art Director
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