Shampoo (1975)

HAL ASHBY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1975.  .  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Warren Beatty.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Warren Beatty is a posh LA hairdresser who gets himself tangled up in many messes by juggling two girlfriends (Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie), a woman who ‘keeps’ him (Lee Grant) and many less important contacts not worth mentioning. Jack Warden is a riot as Grant’s unassuming husband, and Christie is her usual goddess self. It seems this film redefined relationships upon its first release, but all of that is gone now–on the other hand, it’s still pretty enjoyable. Watch and see a seventeen year-old in her debut.

The Criterion Collection:  #947

Academy Award:  Best Supporting Actress (Lee Grant)
Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Jack Warden); Best Original Screenplay; Best Art Direction

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Warren Beatty); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Julie Christie); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Goldie Hawn); Best Supporting Actress (Lee Grant)

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