The Carpetbaggers

Closed Capationed Starring: George Peppard & Carroll Baker Director: Edward Dmytryk  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
The Carpetbaggers
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DVD Features:

  • Widescreen Presentation
  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1964
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English, French
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
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Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 03/13/1996
"...The movie is physically sumptuous..."

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Harold Robbins' best-seller about '30s Hollywood comes to the screen in a torrent of frank, controversial and (for the times) sensational scenes that helped break the Production Code. George Peppard is the ruthless tycoon who (with amazing parallels to Howard Hughes) builds a multi-million dollar empire. Carroll Baker, who performs a razzle-dazzle striptease atop a glittering chandelier, is the Jean Harlow-type star. In addition to its depiction of the wild life in Tinseltown's early days, the film also boasts Alan Ladd's terrific final screen performance as the hero's sidekick, Nevada Smith.

Product Description:

Power and sex are at the heart of this adaptation of Harold Robbins's soap opera bestseller, set in the 1930s and loosely based on the life of Howard Hughes. George Peppard stars as Jonas, a hard-drinking young aircraft tycoon who starts going off the deep end when his tyrannical father (Leif Erikson) dies. After reclaiming the girl his father stole from him (Carroll Baker), Jonas starts producing movies--at first to help his old friend, a silent-film star struggling to make the transition to sound (Alan Ladd) but eventually to placate his out of control ego. After numerous failed marriages and ever-worsening alcoholism, Jonas finally makes an effort to face the demons of his past, but it may be too late.

Director Edward Dmytryk (THE YOUNG LIONS, RAINTREE COUNTY) enlivens this sprawling film with his sense of character and period detail. Peppard is fine as the lead, and Alan Ladd unusually accessible as the aging cowboy star, Nevada Smith. The women in the cast, though, have little to do except manipulate the men for money and sex. Fans of this sort of thing, however, should find such shallowness merely part of the racy, sudsy fun.

Plot Synopsis:

This entertaining adaptation of Harold Robbins's novel of greed and sex recreates the early days of Hollywood. After his father dies, a ruthless young aircraft tycoon gets mixed up in numerous romantic and business shenanigans in the movie industry. Among the women he gets involved with are a flapper, who he marries and treats horribly, and a blonde beauty he transforms into a sex symbol. Meanwhile, a cowboy star who's an old pal from his past attempts to reform him.

Plot Keywords:

1930s | Based On A Novel | Erotic | Hollywood | Racy | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: April 9, 1964.
  • THE CARPETBAGGERS was Alan Ladd's final screen appearance, and the film debut for actress Elizabeth Ashley.

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 097360631548
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