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The Sweet Ride

The Sweet Ride could sum up as Hell's Angels' Bikini Beach Party in Valley of the Dolls near Peyton Place. Though well-mounted and interesting in the spotlighting of Michael Sarrazin and Jacqueline Bisset, overall result is a flat programmer, with ragged scripting, papier mache characters and routine direction.

With:
Anthony Franciosa Michael Sarrazin Jacqueline Bisset Bob Denver Michael Wilding Michael Carey

The Sweet Ride could sum up as Hell’s Angels’ Bikini Beach Party in Valley of the Dolls near Peyton Place. Though well-mounted and interesting in the spotlighting of Michael Sarrazin and Jacqueline Bisset, overall result is a flat programmer, with ragged scripting, papier mache characters and routine direction.

Tony Franciosa is a beach-bum tennis hustler who is a sort of god to Malibu pad-mates Sarrazin and draft-dodging musician Bob Denver. Their life is a ball, we are told, interrupted only by neighbor Lloyd Gough, who keeps yelling about the decline of morals.

Enter Bisset, who has a running, masochistic affair with producer Warren Stevens. She takes to Sarrazin, though Charles Dierkop, a recurring motorcycle bum, gets an inordinate amount of attention from Bisset.

William Murray’s novel has been adapted by Tom Mankiewicz into a contrived, unbelievable script about the Malibu-Hollywood young set, which supposedly ‘tells it like it is.’ It succeeds both in talking down to young people, and talking up to older folks.

The Sweet Ride

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Harvey Hart; Producer Joe Pasternak; Screenplay Tom Mankiewicz; Camera Robert B. Hauser; Editor Philip W. Anderson; Music Pete Rugolo; Art Director Jack Martin Smith, Richard Day

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 111 MIN.

With: Anthony Franciosa Michael Sarrazin Jacqueline Bisset Bob Denver Michael Wilding Michael Carey

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