Frank’s Greatest Adventure

In the guise of a far-out tale of a superman and a manmade monster, gangsters and scientists, this is intended to be a disarming spoof of American myths as embodied in films. Indie pic, made in Chicago [in 1965], also benefits from fine color, scope and technical solidity.

With:
Jon Voight Monique Van Vooren Joan Darling Severn Darden Lou Gilbert Ben Carruthers

In the guise of a far-out tale of a superman and a manmade monster, gangsters and scientists, this is intended to be a disarming spoof of American myths as embodied in films. Indie pic, made in Chicago [in 1965], also benefits from fine color, scope and technical solidity.

Harmless underworld types, an optimistic hick with charm to overcome the so-called intellectuals and city slickers, women of the world who succumb to his charms, and the panoply of big city life versus the small town – all get a going over in this simple pic.

Philip Kaufman, who was co-director of another Chicago-made comedy Goldstein (1964), goes it alone as director. Perhaps he is too slack in the second half, and at times overworks a gag. But, on the whole, he shows a fine grasp of filmic comedy.

Plot has Frank (Jon Voight) awakening as a superman after apparently been slain by gangsters.

Little-known players all etch neat performances, with Monique Van Vooren just right as Plethora, the pulpy moll who has time to warble some songs. Voight has the healthy blonde openness that lends itself to the dual characters. Joan Darling is both urchin and then a demanding female as the good doctor’s daughter, Lois. Severn Darden etches neat limnings as the two doctors.

Kaufman is a filmmaker with verve and knowhow.

Frank's Greatest Adventure

Production: Jericho. Director Philip Kaufman; Screenplay Philip Kaufman; Camera Bill Butler; Editor Aram Boyajian, Luke Bennet; Music Meyer Kupferman

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 83 MIN.

With: Jon Voight Monique Van Vooren Joan Darling Severn Darden Lou Gilbert Ben Carruthers

More Film

  • 'The Third Murder' Review: Palm Springs

    Film Review: 'The Third Murder'

    In the guise of a far-out tale of a superman and a manmade monster, gangsters and scientists, this is intended to be a disarming spoof of American myths as embodied in films. Indie pic, made in Chicago [in 1965], also benefits from fine color, scope and technical solidity. Harmless underworld types, an optimistic hick with […]

  • Sam Rockwell We're Just Married

    Santa Barbara Film Festival Honoring Sam Rockwell for 'Three Billboards' (EXCLUSIVE)

    In the guise of a far-out tale of a superman and a manmade monster, gangsters and scientists, this is intended to be a disarming spoof of American myths as embodied in films. Indie pic, made in Chicago [in 1965], also benefits from fine color, scope and technical solidity. Harmless underworld types, an optimistic hick with […]

  • sundance film festival placeholder

    Octavia Spencer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg Selected for Sundance Jury Duty

    In the guise of a far-out tale of a superman and a manmade monster, gangsters and scientists, this is intended to be a disarming spoof of American myths as embodied in films. Indie pic, made in Chicago [in 1965], also benefits from fine color, scope and technical solidity. Harmless underworld types, an optimistic hick with […]

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme-Dolph Lundgren's 'Black Water'

    Jean-Claude Van Damme-Dolph Lundgren's 'Black Water' Bought by Saban

    In the guise of a far-out tale of a superman and a manmade monster, gangsters and scientists, this is intended to be a disarming spoof of American myths as embodied in films. Indie pic, made in Chicago [in 1965], also benefits from fine color, scope and technical solidity. Harmless underworld types, an optimistic hick with […]

  • Matt Damon MeToo

    Matt Damon Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct Comments: 'I Really Wish I'd Listened'

    In the guise of a far-out tale of a superman and a manmade monster, gangsters and scientists, this is intended to be a disarming spoof of American myths as embodied in films. Indie pic, made in Chicago [in 1965], also benefits from fine color, scope and technical solidity. Harmless underworld types, an optimistic hick with […]

  • James L Brooks

    James L. Brooks to Be Honored With Laurel Award by Writers Guild

    In the guise of a far-out tale of a superman and a manmade monster, gangsters and scientists, this is intended to be a disarming spoof of American myths as embodied in films. Indie pic, made in Chicago [in 1965], also benefits from fine color, scope and technical solidity. Harmless underworld types, an optimistic hick with […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content