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Encyclopedia > Shampoo (film)
Shampoo
Directed by Hal Ashby
Produced by Warren Beatty
Written by Robert Towne,
Warren Beatty
Starring Warren Beatty,
Julie Christie,
Goldie Hawn,
Lee Grant
Music by Paul Simon
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date February 11, 1975
Running time 109:00
Language English
IMDb profile

Shampoo is a 1975 motion picture directed by Hal Ashby, and starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, and Lee Grant. The film was set in 1968, the night before Richard Nixon was first elected to the White House, and was released as the Watergate scandal was reaching its messy conclusion; the political atmosphere of the setting therefore provides a source of dramatic irony, since the audience, but not the characters, are aware of the direction the Nixon presidency would eventually take. However, the main theme of the film is not presidential politics but sexual politics; it is renowned for its sharp satire of late-1960s sexual and social mores. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (400x607, 40 KB) Summary American promotional poster of the film Shampoo. ... Hal Ashby (September 2, 1929 - December 27, 1988) was an American film director and Academy Award winner. ... Warren Beatty Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937), now known as Warren Beatty, is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Towne in the 1960 movie Last Woman on Earth Robert Towne (born November 23, 1934) is an American actor, screenwriter and director. ... Warren Beatty Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937), now known as Warren Beatty, is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Warren Beatty Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937), now known as Warren Beatty, is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Julie Frances Christie (born April 14, 1941) is a British actress, winner of an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1965 film, Darling. ... Hawn in the 1972 movie Butterflies Are Free Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born Goldie Jean Studlendgehawn on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C.) is an American actress. ... Lee Grant (October 31, 1927 in New York, New York) is an American theater, film and television actress, and film director who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s. ... Publicity still for Youre the One, released in 2000 Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter of Hungarian descent who received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. ... Columbia Pictures current logo. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Events January 28 - George Lucas creates the second draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... Hal Ashby (September 2, 1929 - December 27, 1988) was an American film director and Academy Award winner. ... Warren Beatty Henry Warren Beaty (born March 30, 1937), now known as Warren Beatty, is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Julie Frances Christie (born April 14, 1941) is a British actress, winner of an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1965 film, Darling. ... Hawn in the 1972 movie Butterflies Are Free Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born Goldie Jean Studlendgehawn on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C.) is an American actress. ... Lee Grant (October 31, 1927 in New York, New York) is an American theater, film and television actress, and film director who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. ... The Watergate building. ... Adolf Hitler - an example of visual irony Irony is a form of speech in which the real meaning is concealed or contradicted by the words used. ...


Beatty's seductive hairdresser character is considered to be an update of the Horner character in the Restoration comedy The Country Wife; the film is also notable for a cameo appearance by Carrie Fisher (her screen debut). Refinement meets burlesque in Restoration comedy. ... William Wycherley in 1675. ... Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress, screenwriter and novelist, best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy. ...


This film is number 21 on Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies. Bravo is a cable television network owned by NBC Universal. ...

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Plot

Shampoo is set in a 24-hour period in 1968, on the eve of the presidential election which would result in Nixon's ascension to the American presidency. George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is a successful hairdresser, whose charisma and tonsorial skill have provided him the perfect platform from which to meet, and bed, beautiful women, including his current girlfriend Jill (Goldie Hawn). Despite this, George is dissatisfied with his professional life; he feels that his current position, in which he plays second fiddle to a mediocre hairdresser, is beneath him, and dreams of setting up his own hairdressing business. Lacking the cash to do so, George turns to his wealthy mistress, Felicia (Lee Grant), and her unsuspecting husband, Lester (Jack Warden). In a further twist, George learns, upon meeting with Lester at his office, that Lester, too, has a mistress - Jackie (Julie Christie) - with whom George has previously enjoyed a sexual relationship. 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Nixon is the surname of some prominent people: Richard Nixon - 37th President of the United States Patricia Nixon - First Lady to President Richard Nixon Tricia Nixon Cox - older daughter to Richard and Pat Nixon Julie Nixon Eisenhower - younger daughter to Richard and Pat Nixon John B. Nixon - oldest inmate executed... Jack Warden Jack Warden (b. ...


The tangled sexual politics come to a head when Lester invites George to an election night party, at which George finds himself in the same room as a number of present and former sexual partners, including his current girlfriend, current mistress, ex-girlfriend, and various other previous conquests. The night quickly descends into drugs, alcohol and sexual indulgence. In the film's dramatic climax, Lester and Jill catch George and Jackie in the throes of sexual intercourse. George realises that Jackie is his true love, and proposes to her. By then, however, it is too late; Jackie announces that Lester is divorcing Felicia and taking Jackie to Acapulco. The film thus pairs sexual revelation with George's deeper moral development, but ends bleakly for the protagonist, despite his epiphany.


Reception

Upon its release, the film generally received positive reviews from critics who lauded its talented cast and sharp, satirical writing. However, the praise was not universal; some critics, including Roger Ebert[1], pronounced it a disappointment. Roger Ebert (right) with Russ Meyer, 1970. ...


Commercially, Shampoo was a great success, taking $23.8 m at the box office in 1975. It was the fourth most successful movie in 1975 by box office takings, beaten only by Jaws, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and ahead of such classics as Dog Day Afternoon and Funny Lady. Jaws has several meanings: Jaw the body part Jaws (film) the 1975 horror film directed by Steven Spielberg Jaws_Attraction_(Orlando) the theme park attraction at Universal_Orlando_Resort based on the movie. ... One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is a 1975 film directed by Miloš Forman. ... The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) (first released in the United Kingdom on 14 August 1975) is a comedy-horror musical film directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and Richard OBrien, who also composed the songs. ... Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Frank Pierson. ... Funny Lady was a musical film of 1975, starring Barbra Streisand. ...


Academy Awards

Shampoo received one Academy Award, in 1976, for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lee Grant). It was nominated for four other Academy Awards: Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Warden)
  • Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Robert Towne and Warren Beatty)
  • Best Art Direction

Golden Globes

Nominated for:

  • Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
  • Best Motion Picture Actor (Musical or Comedy) - Warren Beatty
  • Best Motion Picture Actress (Musical or Comedy) - Julie Christie
  • Best Motion Picture Actress (Musical or Comedy) - Goldie Hawn
  • Best Supporting Actress (Motion Picture) - Lee Grant

Other Awards

  • 1975 National Society of Film Critics' Award for Best Screenplay
  • 1976 Writers' Guild of America Award - Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen

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Shampoo (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (626 words)
Shampoo is a 1975 motion picture directed by Hal Ashby, and starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, and Lee Grant.
Shampoo is set in a 24-hour period in 1968, on the eve of the presidential election which would result in Nixon's ascension to the American presidency.
In the film's dramatic climax, Lester and Jill catch George and Jackie in the throes of sexual intercourse.
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Shampoo, made in 1975 and now in limited re-release, delivers dozens of such moments, where a scene takes a sharp detour from our expectations and undermines the clich├ęs it's been exploiting.
One of the film's chief pleasures is the richness of its female roles.
It's rare for a Hollywood film to have a single decent part for a woman: four great ones is unheard of.
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