In his directorial debut, Bud Cort attempts to recapture some of the eccentric appeal of his 1971 starrer Harold and Maude but he's picked the wrong story and treated it far too seriously.

In his directorial debut, Bud Cort attempts to recapture some of the eccentric appeal of his 1971 starrer Harold and Maude but he’s picked the wrong story and treated it far too seriously.

Cort stars as Ted Whitley, a 35-year-old hippie on disability. A virginal, pathetically earnest nerd, Ted has a vision of a gorgeous young lady emerging from the sea, and when she turns out to be Linda (Kim Adams), the community service worker helping him find an apartment, he feels compelled to pursue her.

Egged on by his buddy (Jim Brolin) and encouraged by her enthusiasm for his poetry and general friendliness, Ted begins a romantic campaign that quickly degenerates into obscene phone calls and other antisocial acts.

Aside from telling an actively offputting story [by Paul Ciotti], Cort the director hasn’t done a bad job of putting it up on the screen. He has packed the cast with a lively assortment of actor friends, and newcomer Adams is a stunner with a winning personality. Pic so impressively suggests the look and attitude of the time of the action (1974) that it almost could have been shot then.

Ted and Venus

Production

Gondola/LA Dreams. Director Bud Cort; Producer Randolf Turrow, William Talmadge; Screenplay Paul Ciotti, Bud Cort; Camera Dietrich Lohmann; Editor Katina Zinner, Peter Zinner; Music David Robbins; Art Director Lynn Christopher

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Bud Cort Jim Brolin Kim Adams Carol Kane Pamella D'Pella Brian Thompson
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