Christopher Reeve travels in time for love as October 1980 continues
Plus the weirdest gimmick flick of the year
By now, it’s clear that I will recycle things for multiple purposes, and I am absolutely going to collect each year of this project into a stand-alone book, with some added content to make sure it’s worth putting on a shelf and using as a reference guide. We’ve already got 300 pages or so just from the newsletters I’ve published since we started, and sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by the size of the project.
The only way to do it is to think of it in smaller bites. I’ve never had to break a weekend in half before, but there were over ten films on the first weekend of October 1980, a really weird log-jam of different genres and styles.
So let’s keep going with that same weekend, starting with one of the weirdest gimmick flicks of the entire decade…
OCTOBER 3 (continued)
The Man with Bogart’s Face
Robert Sacchi, Franco Nero, Michelle Phillips, Olivia Hussey, Misty Rowe, Victor Buono, Herbert Lom, Sybil Danning, Richard Bakalyan, Gregg Palmer, Jay Robinson, George Raft, Yvonne De Carlo, Mike Mazurki, Henry Wilcoxon, Victor Sen Yung, Joe Theismann, Aleshia Brevard, Buck Kartalian, Peter Mamakos, Martin Kosleck, Philip Baker Hall, Michael Masters, Larry Pennell, Kathleen Bracken, Ed McCready, Alan Foster, Rozelle Gayle, Bill Catching, Everett Creach, Wally Rose, Ralph D. Carpenter, Jerry Somers, James Bacon, Frank Baron, Marilyn Beck, Robert Osborne, Will Tusher, Dick Whittington
cinematography by Richard C. Glouner
music by George Dunning
screenplay by Andrew J. Fenady
based on his novel
produced by Andrew J. Fenady
directed by Robert Day
1 hr 46 mins
A man has plastic surgery to look more like Humphrey Bogart, then changes his name and opens a detective agency.
When you first see Robert Sacchi in the lead role in this film, the easy assumption is that they created the film specifically for him. It’s such a specific idea. A guy has plastic surgery to look exactly like Humphrey Bogart and then becomes a private detective. And the movie just happens to star a guy who looks pretty much exactly like Humphrey Bogart.