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The Day of the Locust

Rating:R
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 1, 1975
Running time:144 minutes
Cast:Norman Leavitt, Ina Gould, Florence Lake, Margaret Willey, John War Eagle
Director:John Schlesinger
Producer:Jerome Hellman, Ronald Shedlo
Writer:Waldo Salt
Distributor:Paramount Pictures

Description: The Day of the Locust is anything but a cheerful, light look at Hollywood in the '30s. It recreates both the town as well as the filmmaking world around which much of the town revolved with devastating accuracy. The movie tells the twin tales of talentless wannabe actress Faye Greener (Karen Black) and Homer Simpson (Donald Sutherland), a lovelorn accountant who couldn't care less about movies. Around this framework, a huge and intricate social network is tellingly revealed, until the film's gruesome and tragic ending. Not for those who prefer to hang onto their illusions about the glory days of Hollywood, The Day of the Locust, based on the novel by Nathanael West, is a must-see for serious film buffs.~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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