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Smile (1975)

PG | | Comedy | 28 March 1977 (Poland)
It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Jerry Belson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dern ... Big Bob
Barbara Feldon ... Brenda
Michael Kidd ... Tommy
Geoffrey Lewis ... Wilson
Eric Shea ... Little Bob
Nicholas Pryor ... Andy
Titos Vandis ... Mr. Nachos
Paul Benedict ... Orren Brooks
William Traylor William Traylor ... Ray Brandy
Dennis Dugan ... Logan
Dick McGarvin Dick McGarvin ... Ted Farley
Adam Reed Adam Reed ... Freddy
Brad Thompson Brad Thompson ... Chuck
George Wyner ... Man at Party
George Skaff George Skaff ... Dr. Malvert
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Storyline

It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful pageant. But Brenda is having marital difficulties and Bob's son is up to some mischief. Could this year's pageant be in jeopardy? Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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This beauty pageant's about to get ugly. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1977 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Smile See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1986, "Smile" was turned into a short lived Broadway musical. The show had music by Marvin Hamlisch, and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, who also directed. The musical featured Jodi Benson, who later provided the voice of Ariel, the title character in Disney's "The Little Mermaid", for which Ashman also wrote the lyrics. See more »

Goofs

One of the audience members seen prominently during opening scene in Imperial Valley pageant later shows up again in closeup as Santa Rosa businessmen attending Bears Club luncheon. See more »

Quotes

Doria Houston: I won Miss Teenage Complexion.
Robin - Young American Miss: I don't think I've heard of that one.
Doria Houston: It was sponsored by this horny old dermatologist in Orange County. He rented a room at the Disneyland Hotel... got 16 girls in bathing suits and he had his own beauty contest.
Robin - Young American Miss: You're kidding me! Well, didn't you get mad?
Doria Houston: No. I won $200 and had a wart removed.
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Crazy Credits

Because Mara Finerty's most noticeable scene in the movie shows her saying, "Rotting maggots of death, crawling out of the skull of war," she is listed in the closing credits as "Maggots Girl." See more »


Soundtracks

Let the Good Times Roll
(1956)
Written by Leonard Lee (as L. Lee) and Shirley Goodman (uncredited)
Sung by Shirley Goodman (as Shirley) and Leonard Lee (as Lee)
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When satire was good
11 April 2006 | by tsar65See all my reviews

Director Michael Ritchie made two films in the seventies that nailed the suburban existence, not just of Southern California, but of America right on the head.

While Bad News Bears was a deserved box office hit, the under-recognized Smile is the better movie...and that's saying a lot as I adore them both. Having seen the recently released Thank You For Smoking and its lame attempt at broad satire it made me reflect about what made Smile so great. Ritchie genuinely cares for his characters, making them sympathetic instead of one dimensional cardboard cut-outs which would have been very easy to do. The many characters Ritchie focuses on are human, with all the foibles that entails, so while it may be easy to laugh at the beauty pageant contestants and their problems, you do it with a touch of guilt because they are so earnest in their attempt to win respect from not only the judges, but the choreographer (Michael Kidd), the den mother (Barbara Feldon), and ultimately themselves.

To mock them is to mock yourself for rooting for your favorite girl at the film's conclusion which fittingly, as it turns out, doesn't matter anyway.

Now that's good satire.

A truly under appreciated gem.


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