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The Sweet Ride (1968)

An aging tennis hustler (Tony Franciosa), young protégé surfer (Michael Sarrazin), and young protégé musician (Bob Denver) live the buddy life at Malibu beach pad. Surfer falls in love with... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »
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Thumper Stevens
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Martha
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Brady Caswell
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Tennis Girl
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An aging tennis hustler (Tony Franciosa), young protégé surfer (Michael Sarrazin), and young protégé musician (Bob Denver) live the buddy life at Malibu beach pad. Surfer falls in love with starlet (Jacqueline Bisset) who washes up on beach. Starlet is beaten up by her possessive producer/lover/sugar daddy after she has revenge sex with motorcycle gang leader. Motorcycle gang leader is in turn beaten up by Franciosa and Sarrazin. Main characters all grow up a bit. Music by Dusty Springfield and Moby Grape. Written by Al Baby

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The Starlet and the Drifter-- Careening through the neon haunts of Vegas... the velvet traps of Hollywood... the Malibu parties... Grabbing for the brass ring... the winning ticket... See more »

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14 June 1968 (West Germany)  »

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A Praia dos Desejos  »

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The set used as Caswell's executive office was the same one used a year earlier as that of Anne Welles' boss Mr. Bellamy in The Valley Of The Dolls. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Again
Sung by Moby Grape of Matthew Katz Productions
Words and Music by Moby Grape
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My brief review of the film
9 January 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A heartfelt drama about all the different troubles one is faced with in life, the film is done in a superbly realistic manner. The characters are well developed and the relationships between them are well defined, but it is perhaps the acting of the characters that is the best part of the film, especially from Michael Sarazzin. However, the storyline itself is not all so great, as it is too familiar and too ponderous. The film also feels rather musty and B-grade, like a standard midday movie on television. But for the characters and the acting, the film is worth the watch. Great characters and acting… just not such a great plot.


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