The Grasshopper

Overview

Christine (Jacqueline Bisset) is the young bank teller who is bored with her job and her husband. She leaves for Las Vegas where she scores a job as a chorus girl. The beautiful Christine does not have the talent to parlay the job into an upwardly mobile career. She marries an older man and becomes a "kept woman." Tommy Marcott (Jim Brown) is the greeter at a casino who poses for pictures with the guests and marries Christine. When Christine is invited to dinner by Roosevelt Dekker (Ramon Bieri), she is beaten up...
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Overview

Christine (Jacqueline Bisset) is the young bank teller who is bored with her job and her husband. She leaves for Las Vegas where she scores a job as a chorus girl. The beautiful Christine does not have the talent to parlay the job into an upwardly mobile career. She marries an older man and becomes a "kept woman." Tommy Marcott (Jim Brown) is the greeter at a casino who poses for pictures with the guests and marries Christine. When Christine is invited to dinner by Roosevelt Dekker (Ramon Bieri), she is beaten up by her host. Tommy tracks down the construction magnate at a local golf course and beats him to a pulp. Danny (Corbett Monica) is the comic who gives Christine her first tour of Vegas and his bedroom. Christine hires a pilot to skywrite an obscenity that sums up her feelings about her experience. Joseph Cotten also appears in this drama of a naive young woman nearly swallowed up by the seamier side of the Las Vegas nightlife.
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Editorial Reviews

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This time capsule from the dawn of the New Hollywood era is a surprisingly potent little riff on the showbiz expose. At first, The Grasshopper seems like a mix of an old-fashioned women's picture and a Jacqueline Susann potboiler but it surprises the viewer by bringing unusual shadings to familiar melodramatic conceits. Its depiction of the showbiz milieu comes off as well-observed and witty (a highlight is a Las Vegas party scene depicting the interactions of several hangers-on in a pithy style) and it edges its way into darker, despairing narrative territory in a way that manages to sneak up on the audience. Director Jerry Paris's style is dramatic and visually expressive, offsetting the narrative's dramatic shifts with flashy visuals and a fragmented editing style that gives the proceedings an tense, fast-paced quality one normally doesn't get from this kind of film. Better yet, he gets excellent performances from a unique cast: Jacqueline Bisset delivers the expected movie-star charm but also gradually brings out the destructive elements of her character with impressive subtlety while Jim Brown turns in a nicely understated performance as her most notable lover and Ed Flanders steals a few scenes as a pushy, fast-talking casino boss. In short, The Grasshopper might be a melodrama but it has a bite to it that might surprise the unexpecting viewer and is thus worth a look to cult-film aficionados.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316125526
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,874

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jacqueline Bisset Christine
Jim Brown Tommy Marcott
Joseph Cotten Richard Morgan
Corbett Monica Danny Raymond
Ramon Bieri Roosevelt Dekker
Christopher Stone Jay Rigney
Roger Garrett Buck
Stanley Adams Buddy Miller
Dick Richards Lou Bellman
Tim O'Kelly Eddie Molina
Stefanianna Christopherson Libby
Sandi Gaviola Kyo
Eris Sandy Vicky
Jay Laskay Manny
Therese Baldwin Gigi
Chris Wong Billy
Kathalyn Turner Ann Marie
John Aprea The Ice Pack
William H. Bassett Aaron
Ed Flanders Jack Bishop
Marc Hannibal Marion Walters
Dave Ketchum Football Conventioner
Penny Marshall Plaster Caster
Jessica Myerson Wedding Chapel Owner
Tom Nolan Vic
Jim Smith Larry
Technical Credits
Jerry Paris Director
Jerry Belson Producer, Screenwriter
John R. Carter Sound/Sound Designer
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Feld Costumes/Costume Designer
Billy Goldenberg Score Composer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Garry Marshall Producer, Screenwriter
Gus Norin Makeup
Fred Roos Casting
O. Thol Simonson Special Effects
Aaron Stell Editor
Don Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
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