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The Sweet Ride (1968)

An aging tennis hustler (Tony Franciosa), young protégé surfer (Michael Sarrazin), and young protégé musician (Bob Denver) live the buddy life at Malibu beach pad. Surfer falls in love with... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »
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Choo-Choo Burns
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Thumper Stevens
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Martha
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Tennis Girl
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An aging tennis hustler (Tony Franciosa), young protégé surfer (Michael Sarrazin), and young protégé musician (Bob Denver) live the buddy life at Malibu beach pad. Surfer falls in love with starlet (Jacqueline Bisset) who washes up on beach. Starlet is beaten up by her possessive producer/lover/sugar daddy after she has revenge sex with motorcycle gang leader. Motorcycle gang leader is in turn beaten up by Franciosa and Sarrazin. Main characters all grow up a bit. Music by Dusty Springfield and Moby Grape. Written by Al Baby

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The Starlet and the Drifter-- Careening through the neon haunts of Vegas... the velvet traps of Hollywood... the Malibu parties... Grabbing for the brass ring... the winning ticket... See more »

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14 June 1968 (West Germany)  »

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A Praia dos Desejos  »

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The set used as Caswell's executive office was the same one used a year earlier as that of Anne Welles' boss Mr. Bellamy in The Valley Of The Dolls. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

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Never Again
Sung by Moby Grape of Matthew Katz Productions
Words and Music by Moby Grape
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Much more interesting than it sounds!
7 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

A word of reassurance to anyone who's just read Mr. Stockett's plot summary: The character played by Jacqueline Bisset is NOT murdered, although she comes close enough. Actually, she's raped by a cycle gang leader, beaten by a Hollywood producer, then dumped in the street to be run over (a near miss results); the rest of the film unfolds mostly in flashback. This story of assorted aimless young folk who hang out at a tennis bum's beach pad could have been a real pain to sit through, but thanks to a good cast and understanding direction it holds the interest all the way, and accurately captures a certain American lifestyle. (Most critics hated this film, which is always an encouraging sign.) The talented cast makes the characters real and interesting; you really like most of these people, and their interplay is always interesting. And that terrific title song (performed by the late Dusty Springfield) should have been a big hit!


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