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Movie Movie [DVD] [1977]

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  • Actors: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Red Buttons, Eli Wallach, Barry Bostwick
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036QV88I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,441 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stanley Donen directs this affectionate spoof of the double-feature musical comedies of the 1930s. Divided into two segments, it even boasts a halfway interval featuring 'trailers' for forthcoming attractions. The first segment, 'Dynamite Hands', stars Harry Hamlin as Joey Popchik, a young boxer on his way to the top. George C. Scott, Red Buttons, Kathleen Beller and Ann Reinking co-star. The second segment, a musical entitled 'Baxter's Beauties of 1933', also features George C. Scott, this time as egomaniacal Broadway director Spats Baxter. Barry Bostwick, Rebecca York and Trish Van Devere co-star.

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This is a double bill of short comedy spoofs - both starring George C Scott - with trailers and newsreel in between - all also starring George C Scott! One is a send up of the old boxing movies where a mild young man is discovered to be good at boxing and reluctantly agrees because his kid sister needs an eye operation to save her going blind ("$5000 per eye? That's an arm and a leg!") The second is a send up of those Busby Berkeley dance movies where a Broadway producer is found to be terminally ill ("Only a month to live, doc? Only 30 days?" "Er, remember, this is February!" and the girl from the chorus who replaces the drunken star turns out to be.... Anyway, some of the sets are knowingly used in both parts. As are some of the cast. It's probably the funniest movie (movie) I've ever seen (and seen).
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Stanley Donen's affectionate spoof of 1930s double-feature bills is delightfully goofy and features some first-rate comic work from, of all people, George C. Scott. The first film, in black and white, is a spoof of "Golden Boy," and the second, in color, is a take off on "42nd Street." Unavailable in the US and B-region locked, unfortunately.
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Just as funny as when I saw it in the cinema.

A tremendous parody with brilliant dialogue
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1930's B movie satire 31 Dec. 2005
By Stacy Corrales - Published on Amazon.com
Delightful double feature spoof of two 1930's B movie genre's. "Dynamite Hands" is a fight movie with such snappy dialog as "Do you know what they want for any eye? An arm and a leg." The second is a Busby Berkeley style musical "Baxter's Beauties." Great song "I just need the girl." Both films star George C Scott and incorporate all the cliche's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Double your pleasure! 11 April 2012
By Scadhog - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely wonderful send-up of 1930's Hollywood movies from director Stanley Donen and writers Larry Gelbart and Sheldon Keller. "Movie Movie" presents a double feature (complete with coming attractions) of two short films. "Dynamite Hands" is a gritty black-and-white drama about a would-be law student who becomes a prize fighter to earn money to pay for his sister's operation, while "Baxter's Beauties of 1933" is a colorful, Busby Berkley-esque backstage musical about a dying Broadway producer putting on one last show.

The film perfectly captures the essence of the programmers churned out by the studios in the 1930's and 40's. The same actors appear in both films, the same sets are utilized, the same shots are repeated. Donen and his writers manage to poke gentle fun at their source material, all the while showing their genuine affection for it.

The cast is uniformly fine. Veterans like George C. Scott, Eli Wallach, Red Buttons, Art Carney and Trish Van Devere play roles in both films. Harry Hamlin is excellent as the pugilist in "Dynamite Hands", while Barbara Harris sparkles as a hoofer with the proverbial heart of gold in "Baxter's Beauties". But the best of the bunch is Barry Bostwick, playing both a small-time hood and a bookkeeper-turned-composer. He is terrific.

If you like old movies, you'll love this one. Unfortunately it is available only as an import in PAL format at the present time. Please, won't someone pick this fine film up and make it available in the USA?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific comedy for the movie buff. Worth watching with attention. 10 Aug. 2016
By Michael Ham - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a loving parody of studio movies from back in the day. I say "loving" because the careful attention to the details of the films it parodies, while making insider jokes (though not so insider any movie buff would fail to get them). This is well worth watching, and it holds up over time—that's if you are conversant in movies of the era.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie, Movie 11 Dec. 2012
By laurencewjames - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this in the theatre when it first came out..There were perhaps 12 people watching the movie - ten who I do not recall responding at all, and two of us....my self and this other chap at the other end of the theatre , who were falling out of our seats...I saw it once..It is now 34 years later and it remains an unforgettable film experience....definitive camp....
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last It's Out On Blue-Ray! 12 July 2016
By Casey Keller - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been wanting a copy of this film FOREVER! Thank goodness it's finally out on blue-ray since I long ago wore out my VHS copy.
Movie Movie, directed by Stanley Donen and written by Larry Gelbart & Sheldon Keller, is a double feature complete with previews of coming attractions. This was 29 years before Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez made Grindhouse.
The two movies represent famous film genres of the 30's. The first, Dynamite Hands is a black & white boxing picture that affectionately sends up films like Body And Soul, City For Conquest and The Champ. The second movie, Baxter's Beauties of 1933 is a send up of the great movie musicals of that era.
To complete the atmosphere of 30's studio pictures, both movies have many of the same actors. For example, in Dynamite Hands, George C. Scott plays Gloves Malloy, who runs the fight gym. In Baxter's Beauties, he plays Spats Baxter, a Broadway impresario with only 4 weeks to live. "One minute you're standing in the wings, and the next minute you're wearin' 'em."
The dialog sparkles with briliiant word play and hilarious double entendres and mixed metaphors. No wonder it won the Writers' Guild of America award for Best Original Comedy Written For The Screen.
If you love the classic films you watch on TCM, you will adore this film.
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