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Greaser's Palace (1972)

Alan Arbus , Herve Villechaize , Robert Downey Sr.  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Arbus, Herve Villechaize, Robert Downey Jr., Luana Anders
  • Directors: Robert Downey Sr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Scorpion Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZJ9572
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Greaser's Palace" on IMDb

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In a film that must be seen to be believed, the story of Christ's sufferings is set in the Old West. A zoot-suited drifter (ALLAN ARBUS - DAMIEN OMEN 2, CISCO PIKE) performs miracles and attracts a large following. But what he really wants to do is sing and dance! He finally gets to play The Palace, a saloon run by the ruthless Seaweedhead Greaser, and he's a big hit. But he's got more miracles to restoring life to Greaser's son, killed by his father, and contending with Greaser's envious daughter Cholera (LUANA ANDERS - THE KILLING KIND, THE LAST DETAIL).


"So wildly original and massively effective... that it instantly exploded the boundaries of cinemtaic possibility... 'Greaser's Palace' didn't just raise the bar on what might be possible to achieve in film -- it threw the f**king bar away!" --Jonathan Demme

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Ready For This One! June 7, 2000
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This movie is amazing. Amazing in the way it effects people. One in five will love it, the other four will hate it, all five will never stop talking about it. I saw this movie when it hit the theaters in NYC in 1970. I, as everybody else in the theater, was confused. For some reason we thought the movie was a fifties revival movie. No one was prepared to see a return of Jesus to the wild west. I bought a copy of this movie and view it at least once a year. It takes me a year to recover. After viewing it many times with others, the power of this movie never fails to exert itself on it's viewers. I have aquaintances who saw this move over twelve years ago. They still bring it up (or blame me for it) when they see me now. About four years ago I read the Bagavad Gita a number of times. One of the many insights I enjoyed was .... "what Greasers Palace was about." After viewing this movie numerous times since 1970, I finally got it. It is worth getting and viewing this movie and trying to figure out why it upsets people so much. Greasers Palace does something to dig into the psyche. When I watch Mick Jagger in the movie "Performance," I wonder how that movie could have become the leading cause of in-theater violence in U.S. movie history. Like "Greasers Palace," it makes you wonder.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Instant B-fest Classic! February 28, 2001
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I had the extreme pleasure of seeing this film at A&O Films B-fest 2001. Wow! It's so hard to describe, but if you're into strange things this is a definite must see. It is guaranteed to mess with your head and keep you begging for more. When I tell people about this movie they just don't believe me. Yes, there really is a mariachi band playing every time that guy goes to the toilet!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mr Greaser February 1, 2011
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I have seen this film probably fifty plus times. Many of those times were at the midnight $1.00 showing at George Eliots's Film Forum in Atlanta, when it first came out and later, circa 1972-1975. My crowd is still quoting lines from this film 40 years later. What that says about us, I can't imagine. What it says about the movie is: see it!! The reviewer who pointed out about five viewers seeing it, one liking, four hating, all talking about it, that is very true.

RIP Bestoink Dooley!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like American Idols' William Hung July 2, 2005
You just can't help but want to watch more. I mean, this movie is soo weird you keep asking yourself "Is this for real, are they serious?!" My favorite quote in this movie was definitly by Alan Alda...or is it Arkin...anyway "What's going down here?" and you'll trully be asking yourself that as you watch this oddity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kooky crazy western. July 4, 2013
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Greasers palace is a rare combination independent film and obscure western. Why this film has not been widely recognized is beyond me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
NEW DVD COMING, DON'T PAY THE CURRENTLY INFLATED PRICE OF THE OLD VERSION! I won't bother to review this brilliant, if at times a bit lifeless, film from Downey's creative peak era as it has already been done very well by others on here, but I do want to let everyone that a company called Scorpion Releasing will be issuing a DVD around summer 2010 which will include a new transfer and special features, so to all who have been contemplating about whether or not to spend a sizable portion of your monthly income on the out of print Image release, DON'T.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I shake my white locks at the runaway sun..." December 17, 2002
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Addendum to my previous review of "Greaser's Palace": in this film, God The Father looks like Walt Whitman. Since we all know that to be truly the case, it is another reason to recommend the film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pretentious hip drivel September 24, 2005
(Sorry, I'm being a bad boy--the negative review below really got to me) I'm sorry but it seems any adventurous film out there gets at least one "pretentious hip drivel" review. It's almost always a mercifully short review too because, well, where do you go from there; how do you prove a movie is pretentious or drivel? Strange films always have this potential which is why I generally cut to: Was it fun, weird, interesting, amusing, whatever?

This is a fun film and it's full of surprises so it passes fine. Hey, I hated "Being John Malkovich" because there was little in the movie I hadn't seen before. It seemed like a compendium of the film maker's favorite oddball films. You want really oddball? Try "The Dark Backward" still awaiting DVD release.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
JC with a parachute? A daughter named "Cholera"? If you like strange with a capitol 'S', this is probably for you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Big Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Something you need to experience!
Something you need to experience! That's all I want to say! I totally love this cult gem. Somewhat of a spoof of The Cassic Midnight Cult Film "El Topo". Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mickey
1.0 out of 5 stars Guess you shouldn't watch this straight..........
Maybe if I was high I would understand this movie. Since I was not, I don't have a clue what was going on!
Published 16 months ago by Tamjay926
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Film
I bought this video based on reviews. It is interesting as it is what I would refer to as am "experimental film" from the 60's. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steven E. Goss
5.0 out of 5 stars crazy movie
I bought it because my husband loves silly movies. He likes the people playing in this movie. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, If you liked old slap stick movies and just... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre and beguiling
First encountered this movie in college. Many years later I was delighted to see that it is now available on DVD. It is still bizarre and very entertaining.
Published 18 months ago by Stuart Itzkowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie which is so rare to find the great classic...
I love this movie. So artistic and so very very different. My husband watched it and just sat there with a blank face. Read more
Published 18 months ago by susie
5.0 out of 5 stars 60s surrealism
one of a kind movie. no one got to, gets to or even quite attempts movies like this. not in line with the hollywood market. religious satire just ain't big box office. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by Anthony Rifkin
4.0 out of 5 stars review of the download
As someone else said, "Amazing in the way it effects people". My ex would not talk to me for 3 days whenever she saw me watching this on cable. Read more
Published on November 10, 2009 by john in Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Greaser's Palace
I'm surprised at how many people have missed that this movie is a not
to subtle send up of Bergman films. Read more
Published on April 26, 2008 by Dennis O. Larsen
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