The Hollywood Knights

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Overview

Fran Drescher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tony Danza are the most notable aspects of this forgettable teen drama that features a gang of youths in a car club who decide to battle it out with the establishment in Beverly Hills. It seems their favorite haunt, the last drive-in restaurant in the neighborhood, has been forced to close. Their rebellion is marked by tactics that might be embarrassing to any serious rebels: they turn a high school banner into an X-rated statement, sabotage a police car, ruin a manicured ...
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Overview

Fran Drescher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tony Danza are the most notable aspects of this forgettable teen drama that features a gang of youths in a car club who decide to battle it out with the establishment in Beverly Hills. It seems their favorite haunt, the last drive-in restaurant in the neighborhood, has been forced to close. Their rebellion is marked by tactics that might be embarrassing to any serious rebels: they turn a high school banner into an X-rated statement, sabotage a police car, ruin a manicured garden, and urinate in a punch bowl. These shenanigans take place on Halloween in 1965, a time when practical jokes are usually in the hands of elementary school kids -- and that level of maturity is maintained here.
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Editorial Reviews

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This smutty but amusing nostalgia-themed comedy could best be described as American Graffiti meets Porky's. Combining these two different styles of comedy is interesting in theory but it doesn't really work in practice. As a result, The Hollywood Knights veers wildly between sentimentality and smuttiness in a thoroughly schizoid fashion. The sentimental moments are the film's low points: the Vietnam War-themed subplot built around Jimmy Shine feels like it was cut in from another film and the attempts at romantic drama between Duke and Suzi stop the film's momentum cold whenever they crop up. Another problem is the age-defying casting: All these "high school students" look like they are in their mid-twenties. However, The Hollywood Knights keeps from being a total waste thanks to its go-for-broke sense of humor; the attempts of the gang to disrupt the adults' civic functions are silly but effective (look out for "the one-armed violinist") and Robert Wuhl makes a memorably manic impression as comedic antihero Newbomb Turk. Other comedic highlights include a failed romantic encounter between Newbomb and Sally and Leigh French and Randy Gornel's turns as a pair of sex-crazed adulterers. In the end, The Hollywood Knights is too unfocused and silly to be considered a success but delivers enough laughs for comedy addicts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • UPC: 043396218932
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fran Drescher Sally
Leigh French Jacqueline Freedman
Randy Gornel Wheatly
Gary Graham Jimmy Shine
Sandy Helberg Officer Clark
Michelle Pfeiffer Suzi Q.
Robert Wuhl Newbomb Turk
Tony Danza Duke
James Jeter Smitty
Stuart Pankin Dudley Laywicker
P.R. Paul Simpson
Gailard Sartain Rimbeau
Richard Schaal Nevans
Carol Ann Beery Jane
Jerry Brutsche Driving Instructor
Joey Camen Pledge
T.K. Carter Do Wopper
Al Chalk Do Wopper
Chuck Cooper Himself
Daniel Davies Pledge
Bob Drake Stunt
Moosie Drier Moosie
Debra Feuer Cheetah
Garry Goodrow Jack Friedman
Doris Hargrave 'Mom'
Ken Hixon Dark
Walter Janowitz Martin Katzenberg
Mina Kolb Dudley's Mother
Art La Fleur Thomas
Norman Lee Cobra
Bill Lytle Tubby's Customer
Arnold McCuller Do Wopper
Harvey Miller Dr. J.
Demetre Phillips Newbomb's Brother
Charles Stewart Homeowner
Roberta Wallach Shirley Weintraub
Chuck Waters Stunt
Al White Louis
Glenn Withrow Shorty
Otis Young Waiter
Technical Credits
Floyd Mutrux Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Stanford C. Allen Editor
Scott Conrad Editor
Lee Fischer Art Director
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Danford B. Greene Editor
Bruce Kay Set Decoration/Design
Richard Lederer Original Story, Producer
Darryl Levine Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Randall Sound/Sound Designer
William Tennant Executive Producer, Original Story
David Worth Cinematographer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just a good fun movie

    Michelle Pfeiffer's first movie. What a beauty. Tony Danza was the "name star" but Robert Wuhl and Stewart Pankin steal the movie. Just plain, dumb, goofy fun with a great soundtrack - and a young, pretty Michelle Pfeiffer. Shoot, it's not art, it's not a classic, but it is just a really enjoyable pizza and beer movie that leaves you with a smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Car Movie Ever!

    The best car movie ever made, and the most fun! If you are not into oldies and Hot rods you may not get it but if you are you will not be disappointed.This movie will make you feel 16 again and still brings back memories of our own car club to this day. Don't listen to the critics, I remember when they trashed another movie I love ' STAR WARS '.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is a CLASSIC!!!!!

    For anyone who loves the 60's era, this movie is a classic. The actors contain a combination of who's who in Hollywood today. The antics in this movie will have you in tears and you will need to rest your rib cage from all the laughter. Twenty-three years after the original release and my first viewing, my husband's friends are still talking about the movie that is absolutely an epic for them. We have this movie on Beta, VHS, and now DVD. Buy it, rent it, no matter how you get your hands on it you will love it!!!!!

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    Posted February 23, 2009

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