The Man with Bogart's Face
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The story opens at a plastic surgeon's office. The gauze wrappings are removed from our hero's face; he sits in front of a TV that's showing the last scene of THE MALTESE FALCON. As the surgically-created Bogart examines his visage in the mirror with a characteristic twitch, we hear Bogie's famous "you're going over/because you're partners" soliloquy coming from the nearby television.
"Bogart's Face" is packed with references to classic cinema, both spoken and visually. The climactic house of mirrors shootout in Orson Welles' THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI is reenacted at Hollywood's famous Wax Museum. Sacchi's character, hard-boiled detective Sam Marlow, talks incessantly about old films. He'll do something, like throw a sword into the ceiling, and then remark: "Tyrone Power did that in THE MARK OF ZORRO.
Michelle Phillips is the woman private eye Marlow is obsessed with. He thinks of her as Gene Tierney in LAURA, in fact, he even calls her Laura one time by mistake. Marlow drives an early 40s sedan and lives in a trench coat (naturally).Read more ›
Same Marlowe is hired to find "the eyes of Alexander", sapphire replicas of Alexander the Great's eyes used in a bust of the conqueror, and during the search he runs into a snag of competing interests, all played by well-known character actors, Victor Buono and Herbert Lom among them. The plot, however, is superfluous, as it almost always is in detective films. The real point of the movie is to pay tribute to old time movie magic, and part of its fun is in the cameos. Apart from bit parts by the likes of George Raft, watch out for appearances by famed Hollywood reporters James Bacon and Robert Osborne as well (the latter now the host of cable's Turner Classic Movies).
Robert Sacchi bears a striking resemblence to Humphrey Bogart. He has many of the mannerisms of Bogey down pat.
Michelle Phillips does a very good likeness of a Gene Tierney.
Plot is a lot of fun and there are laughs aplenty at times - all intentional.
When the film opens our main character has just had plastic surgery to make himself look like Humphrey Bogart (p[layed by Bogart lookalike Robert Sacchi) He assumes the name of Sam Marlow, and hires a blond secretary who by his discription, "Looks like Marilyn Monroe and makes as much sence as Gracie Allen", she's played by Missy Rowe, who once played Marilyn in a film. He then gets too cases, one his hired by his landlady to find her missing boyfriend, the other mystery is sort of on the order of the Maltese Falcon. After being hired by Elsa (Olivia Hussey) Borcht to protect her father Horst (Helmet Dantine) Borscht, Horst Borscht is killed. The he finds out it has to do with some missing blue Diamonds called The Eyes Of Alexander that many people want to aquire. The suspects include Mr. Zebra (Herbert Lom), who's very much a Joel Cairo type as played by Peter Lorre in "The Maltese Falcon". Then there is pretty Gina Anastis, who loos like Gene Tierney and is played by Michelle Phillips. She brings him to her father (Victor Buono) who is very much in the Sidney Greenstreet vain. You also have Akim (Franco Nero) in the Zachery Scot vain.Read more ›
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I have this on vhs. sure is nice to have a dvd copy. It played great. ThanksPublished 10 months ago by David
We have watched this movie several times over the past ten years and enjoy it as much the second or fourth time as the first. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Consumer 100
I love this movie. I had it on VHS may years ago. I'm not familiar with Robert Sacchi but he does a great Bogart.Published 16 months ago by doowopden
Everybody in the world should watch this DVD it's such a laugh ,,,,Bob.Published 17 months ago by Bob Montgomery