- Actors: Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer, Dana Andrews, Milton Berle
- Directors: Tony Richardson
- Writers: Christopher Isherwood, Evelyn Waugh, Terry Southern
- Producers: Haskell Wexler, John Calley, Martin Ransohoff, Neil Hartley
- Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Release Date: June 20 2006
- Run Time: 122 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000ERVK4O
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In olden days, as Cole Porter famously observed, a mere glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking. So it's heartening to report that this 1965 black comedy still delivers on its billing as "the motion picture with something to offend everyone." Tony Richardson, fresh off the liberating Tom Jones, brings Evelyn Waugh's self-described "little nightmare" to the screen with all its sacrilegious shocks (and then some!) intact, courtesy of screenwriters Terry Southern (Dr. Strangelove) and Christopher Isherwood. Robert Morse stars as Dennis Barlow, an Englishman abroad and a fish out of water in Southern California. Stumbling across the Hollywood landscape like a cross between Candide and Jerry Lewis. Barlow gets a unique perspective of the American experience when he finds employment at the Happier Hunting Ground, a ramshackle pet cemetery, and the flipside of the fabulously vulgar Whispering Glades. In a virtuoso dual role, Jonathan Winters costars as glad-handing Happier Hunting Grounds proprietor Harry, whose brother, Whispering Glades' Blessed Reverend, has some out-of-this-world plans for the "Loved Ones." The mad, mad, mad mad cast also includes John Gielgud as Dennis's ill-fated expatriate uncle, an artist unceremoniously booted from the movie studio where he has worked for 31 years; Anjanette Comer as Aimee, a Whispering Glades cosmetician torn between Dennis and embalmer Mr. Joyboy (an unforgettable Rod Steiger), who registers his broken heart on the faces of his corpses; a teenage Paul Williams as a science prodigy; Liberace as a funeral salesman peddling eternal flames both "perpetual or standard"; Milton Berle and Margaret Leighton as "a typical well-adjusted American couple" whose deceased dog puts a crimp in their dinner plans; and even Jamie Farr, seen fleetingly as a waiter. The Loved One anticipates the "New Hollywood" with its naturalistic cinematography by Haskell Wexler (Medium Cool) and "anything goes" sensibility (the dinner scene with Joyboy and his obese mother would not be out of place in a John Waters movie). By turns creepy and grotesquely funny, The Loved One will bury you. --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The laughs keep coming in this black comedy that is, at times, irreverent and even grotesque. It's fun to see people like Milton Berle and Liberace pop up in scenes guaranteed to make you either guffaw or shudder, depending on how you feel about the American death business. Robert Morse (just before his starred in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) is very funny and likeable even though his British accent comes and goes - or maybe because of it. His wide-eyed innocence and cleverness connects all the wacky subplots. Steiger is unforgettable as the fussy, mother-loving embalmer, all the funnier because he usually played such serious, dramatic parts.
This is probably not a good choice for someone going through the grief process, but everyone else will find this macabre story wickedly funny. It was advertised as "the movie with something to offend everyone" (pet lovers may cringe a bit), and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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While i actually DID enjoy this pristine transfer, at over two-hours I would recommend you watch it with an intermission break...
It will be best appreciated by folks that know who Jamie Farr; Liberace; Rod Stieger; Jonathon Winters; and Paul; Williams ARE.
MANY cameos I don't want to spoil.
IF you're over sixty-five years old it'd be FOUR stars.
IF you're over 65, and from California : F-I-V-E star entertainment
If you think that the funeral business was bizarre when Waugh wrote his novel in 1946 take a look at the film The Young And The Dead which is available on DVD. The Young And The Dead talks about the Hollywood Funeral Business in the 21st century.
I understand that the film The Loved One was originally 5 hours. I wonder if that edited film is still available?
The film is American made, but the humor is very '60's British.