Review: ‘The Grasshopper’

The Grasshopper is the dark side of the Hollywood story, every schoolgirl's American Dream gone sour [from the novel The Passing of Evil by Mark McShane]. Jacqueline Bisset is the good-looking, well-built, lively chick, bored with a bankteller's job and the prospects of a middle-class husband, suburban home and kids, who is attracted by the tinsel of Las Vegas.

The Grasshopper is the dark side of the Hollywood story, every schoolgirl’s American Dream gone sour [from the novel The Passing of Evil by Mark McShane]. Jacqueline Bisset is the good-looking, well-built, lively chick, bored with a bankteller’s job and the prospects of a middle-class husband, suburban home and kids, who is attracted by the tinsel of Las Vegas.

Attractive and busty enough to make the chorus, but neither talented nor ambitious enough to go beyond, she drifts into a bad marriage, being kept by a rich old man and then into outright hustling, having run the gamut by age 22.

Bisset is on camera for almost the entire film, kept carefully within her dramatic depth by Director Jerry Paris, with unexpected outbreaks of a kooky humor.

The Grasshopper

Production

National General. Director Jerry Paris; Producer Jerry Belson, Garry Marshall; Screenplay Jerry Belson, Garry Marshall; Camera Sam Leavitt; Editor Aaron Stell; Music Billy Goldenberg; Art Director Tambi Larsen

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Jacqueline Bisset Jim Brown Joseph Cotten Corbett Monica Ramon Bieri Christopher Stone
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