Top Movies 1975

By | Jul 25, 2009

Peter Sellers returns for the third time in the role of Blake Edwards’ blumbling Inspector Clouseau in Return of the Pink Panther. This was the first of the sequels to have Pink Panther in the title since it did have the famous Pink Panther Diamond that was featured in the original.

Dog Day Afternoon was based on an actual bank robbery attempt by John Wojtowicz that occurred in 1972. Al Pacino played the role that may have been preordained for him since a Life magazine description of Wojtowicz read “a dark, thin fellow with the broken-faced good looks of an Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman”. The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Pacino. Its only win was for Writing-Original Screenplay.

Only your hairdresser knows for sure and Warren Beatty starred as a hairdresser in the satirical comedy Shampoo. Tobe honest I don’t think I have ever seen this movie even though it was one of the top movies of 1975.

Many who have seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show a strange little musical about a “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania”. The movie is based on the stage musical by Richard O’Brien who played Riff-Raff. Sometimes movies such as this could be a death nail for its actors, but Tim Curry, Barry Boswick and Susan Sarandon careers weren’t affected.

Ken Kesy wrote his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1963, but it wasn’t made into a movie until 1975 with Jack Nicholson playing the role of Randle Patrick McMurphy , a criminal that has been transferred to a mental institution . This movie won all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director, Screenplay) a feat that has only happen three times the first in 1934 with It Happened One Night and again in 1991, with The Silence of the Lambs.

One of the biggest novels of 1974 became the biggest movie of 1975. Jaws was just a word until Steven Spielberg’s movie was released in June of 1975. Now whenever the word jaws is mention everyone thinks the shark, one that was rarely seen in the movie and the haunting theme by John Williams. Jaws is considered the first of the blockbuster summer movies and was the first film to make more than 100 million dollars at the box office.


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