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The Day Of The Locust [1975]

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton, Geraldine Page
  • Directors: John Schlesinger
  • Writers: Nathanael West, Waldo Salt
  • Producers: Jerome Hellman, Sheldon Schrager
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2004
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002475WU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,485 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The dark side of Hollywood in the 1930's is revealed through the confict-filled lives of a novice art director, an ambitious hustler and an accountant. Burgess Meredith was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Based on Nathaniel West's novel .


Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust is by consensus the great Hollywood novel, a poison-pen letter aimed squarely at the tinsel heart of the movie biz. Only in the 1970s could Hollywood actually hazard a film of this story, and the result is suitably corrosive. William Atherton is the observer Tod, Karen Black the blond starlet Faye, and Donald Sutherland the hulking Homer--but they are easily out-acted by the colorful supporting cast. In particular, Burgess Meredith's exhausted showbizzy salesman and Billy Barty's strutting dwarf are superbly crafted gargoyles in this Hollywood wax museum. Director John Schlesinger piles on the rancid atmosphere and rampant hypocrisy until the movie fairly drowns in its own grotesque vision. Long before the climactic apocalyptic riot, the film has torn itself up. There's no substitute for West's wicked prose, so the adaptation comes across as a literal-minded screech rather than a true bonfire of the vanities. --Robert Horton

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