Smile

77
  • PG
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 1975
  • Running time: 113 min
The American beauty-contest ritual is skewered by screenwriter Jerry Belson and director Michael Ritchie in Smile. The film takes place during an annual pageant in Santa Rosa, CA. The event is supervised by local mover and shaker Brenda DiCarlo (Barbara... read more

The American beauty-contest ritual is skewered by screenwriter Jerry Belson and director Michael Ritchie in Smile. The film takes place during an annual pageant in Santa Rosa, CA. The event is supervised by local mover and shaker Brenda DiCarlo (Barbara Feldon), to whom the contest is the most important thing on earth. Nothing -- not even the violent backlash of her neglected husband, Andy (Nicholas Pryor) -- is allowed to interfere with her pet project. Choreographer Tommy French (Michael Kidd), outwardly nasty and cynical, takes money out of his own pocket to insure the safety of the contestants as they parade down a rickety stage runway; chief judge "Big Bob" Freelander (Bruce Dern) discovers that his son is a budding voyeur, information which leads to a silly "politically correct" consequence; and the various contestants scheme to upstage one another through a variety of means (one girl puts Vaseline on her teeth to assure a gleaming smile). Among the contestants are such stars-to-be as Colleen Camp, Denise Nickerson, Annette O'Toole, and Melanie Griffith.

Original Release

01/01/1975

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Cast

Bruce Dern Big Bob
Barbara Feldon Brenda
Michael Kidd Tommy
Geoffrey Lewis Wilson
Eric Shea Little Bob
Nicholas Pryor Andy
Colleen Camp Connie - Young American Miss
Melanie Griffith Karen - Young American Miss
Caroline Williams Helga - Young American Miss
Jerry Belson Drummer
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Directors

Michael Ritchie

Writers

Jerry Belson

Cast

Bruce Dern Big Bob
Barbara Feldon Brenda
Michael Kidd Tommy
Geoffrey Lewis Wilson
Eric Shea Little Bob
Nicholas Pryor Andy
Colleen Camp Connie - Young American Miss
Melanie Griffith Karen - Young American Miss
Caroline Williams Helga - Young American Miss
Jerry Belson Drummer
Titos Vandis Emile
Paul Benedict Orren Brooks
William Traylor Ray Brandy
Dennis Dugan Logan
Dick McGarvin Ted Farley
Adam Reed Freddy
Brad Thompson Chuck
George Wyner Man at Party
George Skaff Dr. Malvert
Helene Nelson Young American Miss

Producers

Marion Dougherty Executive Producer
David V. Picker Executive Producer
Michael Ritchie Producer
Tim Zinnemann Producer

Editors

Richard A. Harris

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