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Day of the Locust
     

The Day of the Locust

Director: John Schlesinger, Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith

Cast: John Schlesinger, Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith

 
The Day of the Locust is anything but a cheerful, light look at Hollywood in the 1930s. Clearly a labor of love, it recreates both the town and 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, a lovelorn accountant who couldn

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The Day of the Locust is anything but a cheerful, light look at Hollywood in the 1930s. Clearly a labor of love, it recreates both the town and 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, a lovelorn accountant who couldn't care less about movies (Donald Sutherland). 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 Nathaniel West, is a must-see for serious film buffs.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Scripted by Waldo Salt from Nathaniel West's scalding 1930s Hollywood novel, John Schlesinger's lavish adaptation of The Day of the Locust (1975) is a wrenching, if imperfect, indictment of America's Tinseltown mindset. Recreating Golden Age Hollywood with seedy realism and film fantasy artificiality, Schlesinger and Salt punctuate the downward spiral of William Atherton's aspiring art director, Karen Black's talentless actress, and Donald Sutherland's wealthy rube with flashes of the decadent beauty, self-delusion, and killer ambition that render the film industry an irresistible snake pit. Though the characters played by Atherton and Sutherland remain frustratingly underdeveloped, the surreal climactic riot that engulfs them is a genuinely horrifying confluence of mob hysteria and visceral bloodshed that unstintingly reveals the depths of media culture insanity. A box-office disappointment that earned only mixed reviews, The Day of the Locust nonetheless garnered Oscar nominations for Conrad Hall's mistily golden cinematography and Burgess Meredith's bravura performance as a broken-down vaudevillian-turned-huckster.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
UPC:
0097360867947
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:24:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround; English restored mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donald Sutherland Homer
Karen Black Faye Greener
Burgess Meredith Harry Greener
William Atherton Tod Hackett
Geraldine Page Big Sister
Richard Dysart Claude Estee
Bo Hopkins Earle Shoop
Pepe Serna Miguel
Lelia Goldoni Mary Dove
Billy Barty Abe
Gloria Le Roy Mrs. Loomis
John Hillerman Ned Grote
Dick Powell Dick Powell
Bill Baldwin Announcer at Premiere
Wally K. Berns Theatre Manager
Morgan Brittany Actor
Alvin Childress Butler
Nicholas Cortland Projectionist
DeForest Covan Shoeshine Boy
Dennis Dugan Actor
John War Eagle The Gingos
Jerry Fogel Actor
Ina Gould Actor
Angela Greene Actor
Grainger Hines French Lieutenant
Jane Hoffman Mrs. Odlesh
Bob Holt Tour Guide
Paul Jabara Nightclub Entertainer
Jonathan Kidd Undertaker
David Ladd Apprentice
Florence Lake Lee Sister
Norman Leavitt Mr. Odlesh
Byron Paul Actor
Robert Pine Actor
Roger Price Actor
Robert O. Ragland Guests at Audrey Jennings
Gyl Roland Girl
Wally Rose Assistant Director
Natalie Schafer Audrey Jennings
Queenie Smith Palsied Lady
Kenny Solms Boy in Chapel
Paul Stewart Helverston
Gloria Stroock Alice Estee
Nita Talbot Joan
Virginia Baker Actor
Fred Scheiwiller Actor
William Castle Director
Jackie Earle Haley Adore

Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director
John Barry Score Composer
Jim Clark Editor
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Jerome Hellman Producer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
John Robert Lloyd Production Designer
John J. Lloyd Art Director
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Dean Edward Mitzner Production Designer
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Waldo Salt Screenwriter
Sheldon Schrager Producer
Ronald Shedlo Producer
Tim Zinnemann Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Everybody Works [5:20]
2. One Opening [1:11]
3. In Search of Beauty & Romance [2:43]
4. Nightcap [3:29]
5. Waterloo [4:47]
6. Hollywood Parties [1:55]
7. Bottle of Magic [3:17]
8. Homer [3:16]
9. What a Phony [2:22]
10. Save Your Soul [4:07]
11. Moments of Truth [5:27]
12. Loss [1:26]
13. Bread and Butter [4:00]
14. Dancing [2:02]
15. Taken for Granted [4:18]
16. Danger [2:20]
17. Business Arrangement [6:08]
18. Means and Ends [:32]
19. The Plague Descends [6:19]
20. People Need Love [1:36]
21. Premiere Night [4:35]
22. Pestilence [4:08]

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