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Hammersmith Is Out (1972)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 12 May 1972 (USA)
The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor (Sir Peter Ustinov) of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Richard Burton) ... See full summary »

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Peter Ustinov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Jimmie Jean Jackson
Richard Burton ... Hammersmith
Peter Ustinov ... Doctor
Beau Bridges ... Billy Breedlove
Leon Ames ... General Sam Pembroke
Leon Askin ... Dr. Krodt
George Raft ... Guido Scartucci
John Schuck ... Henry Joe
Marjorie Eaton ... Princess
Lisa Jak Lisa Jak ... Kiddo
Linda Gaye Scott ... Miss Quim
Mel Berger Mel Berger ... Fat Man
Anthony Holland ... Oldham
Brook Williams ... Pete Rutter
Carl Don Carl Don ... Cleopatra (as Carl Donn)
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Storyline

The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor (Sir Peter Ustinov) of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Richard Burton) offers the innocent orderly (Beau Bridges) vast riches if he'll help him escape. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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"The beast is loose from his cage! The rivers will run with blood!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hammersmith Is Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The only one of the handful of films directed by Sir Peter Ustinov where he didn't also receive a writing credit - although it is pretty obvious that he did extensive anonymous rewriting of the screenplay. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: [taking Hammersmith back to the asylum] It's the end of a chapter, Hammersmith; time to turn the page.
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Referenced in Andy Hamilton's Search for Satan (2011) See more »

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When Were Your Dreams Worth Remembering
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Sally Stevens
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Taylor & Burton Top Themselves
22 March 2013 | by wc1996-428-366101See all my reviews

By the time Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made this film in 1972, they were the most famous stars in the world as well as the richest. In short, they could do anything they wanted and at this point in their career they did one odd thing after another and this film may well be the oddest. There may be a parallel for it, but I cannot think of any. As the film progressed I kept thinking how odd the story was and also how original. I cannot think of a single film before it that comes as close to how original this film is. I can certainly understand why Taylor and Burton decided to do it. It simply was unlike anything they had ever done before. Telling the story in a review is pointless because it is virtually impossible to actually tell it, there are so many twists and turns and I think this is the one thing that is compelling about the film is the fact you just do not know what happens next and when it does happen you are always surprised. And it definitely keeps you at the edge of your seat but at the same time it is also very funny so I think it can at least be called a black comedy.


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