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Fearless Frank (1967)

A satirical comedy about an unsophisticated country boy who treks off to Chicago, Illinois, gets shot by mobsters, and awakens to find that he has the powers of Superman.

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writer:

Philip Kaufman
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Cast

Cast overview:
Monique van Vooren ... Plethora
Jon Voight ... Fearless Frank
Joan Darling ... Lois
Severn Darden ... The Good Doctor / Claude the Mad Scientist
Anthony Holland ... Alfred
Lou Gilbert Lou Gilbert ... The Boss
Ben Carruthers ... The Cat
David Steinberg ... The Rat
Nelson Algren Nelson Algren ... Needles
David Fisher David Fisher ... Screwnose
Ken Nordine Ken Nordine ... The Storytelling Stranger
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A satirical comedy about an unsophisticated country boy who treks off to Chicago, Illinois, gets shot by mobsters, and awakens to find that he has the powers of Superman.

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The most incredible new comedy ever laughed at!

Genres:

Fantasy | Comedy

Certificate:

G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fearless Frank See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Jericho Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jon Voight's film debut. See more »

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References The Great Race (1965) See more »

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Ugly, stupid, oppressive comedic parody failure
15 June 2008 | by djensen1See all my reviews

I've seen a lot of bad movies: grindhouse junk, exploitation drek, inept and abortive attempts at comedy or porn or art. But this is one of the worst piles of dung I've ever looked at. A young and handsome Jon Voight is a country bumpkin who goes to the city, gets in trouble, and gets turned into a flying superhero whose troubles then compound.

The soundtrack is mostly dissonant jazz and the voice of Word Jazz artist Ken Nordine, when it's not awful location sound. The action is meant to parody Superman and Frankenstein, but instead it's just a pointless, ugly mockery of them. I suppose the intention was to create something like Blazing Saddles, but effect is more like a high school play put on by the kids from detention.

The dialog is inane. The comic gags are stupid. The acting is as broad as a Punch and Judy puppet show. And the direction is as clumsy as I've ever seen, with Kaufman framing scenes with urgent disregard for clarity and lighting and not bothering to redress actors to show the passage of time in a montage. It's not funny; it's not clever; it's not interesting; and it's not so bad it's good. The only explanation is that the cast and crew must have been inexperienced, stoned, and shooting as fast as possible. You couldn't make a POS like this on purpose.


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