Year Released: 1969
How It Fared Back Then: According to Wikipedia (because I had never heard of this movie), the movie did really badly and even today people find it shallow, homophobic and with a weak message. I can imagine the only selling point for this movie when it came out was Peter Sellers track record and mostly Ringo Star in a totally weird roll.
Why It’s Lasted: I had never heard of this movie so I’m not sure how well it’s lasted but I’m sure there are devout Sellers fans out there who love this movie for the classic 60’s style comedy/social commentary. I think people only care about this movie still because it’s so of its time. You can guess the era by the great soundtrack, Ringo lookin’ young, the costumes and everyone’s distaste for old, stuffy, rich, uncultured English people.
- To be honest, the whole movie is short vignettes that end with a silly punch line. For example, they go to see Hamlet (as rich people do) and during his famous soliloquy, he does a strip tease… how risqué.
- A very short/odd cameo by Raquel Welch who shows up as a whip wielding slave driver.
- The elaborate mass hysteria scene on the boat. Everyone thinks they’re going down so they panic and wreck the ship by writing “End Capitalism” on the walls.
- Not so much a moment, but the running theme of “money is BAD” seems to be the only thing you can take from this movie because there really isn’t anything else going on.
Does It Still Hold Up?
There are some silly/fun moments for sure, but all around this movie was just too much! Why would I want to hear about how bad money and capitalism is from two incredibly rich dudes? If you like the 60’s and you like Peter Sellers then it’s worth a look but otherwise it’s just not.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szpXshpuAso]