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The Man with Bogart's Face (1980)

In contemporary Hollywood, private investigator Sam Marlow gets plastic surgery to look like Humphrey Bogart and solves various cases just like Bogart's silver-screen detective characters from the 1940s.

Director:

Robert Day

Writers:

Andrew J. Fenady (novel), Andrew J. Fenady (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Sacchi ... Sam Marlow
Franco Nero ... Hakim
Michelle Phillips ... Gena
Olivia Hussey ... Elsa
Misty Rowe ... Duchess
Victor Buono ... Commodore Anastas
Herbert Lom ... Mr. Zebra
Sybil Danning ... Cynthia
Richard Bakalyan ... Lt. Bumbera (as Dick Bakalyan)
Gregg Palmer ... Sgt. Hacksaw
Jay Robinson ... Wolf / Zinderneuf
George Raft ... Petey Cane
Yvonne De Carlo ... Teresa Anastas
Mike Mazurki ... Himself
Henry Wilcoxon ... Mr. Chevalier
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Storyline

A man with a fixation on Humphrey Bogart gets plastic surgery to make him look exactly like Bogart. Then he changes his name to Sam Marlowe (after Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, two of Bogart's most famous characters), hires a ditzy blonde secretary, and opens up a detective agency. His first case is one that would do Bogie proud... Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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The face may be familiar. The mystery is brand new. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sam Marlow, Private Eye See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Reportedly, Robert Sacchi's height and weight was said to be the same as that of Humphrey Bogart. See more »

Goofs

(Around 25 minutes) when Elsa leans into the car to kiss Marlow her head is tilted to her left but in the next shot her head is upright. See more »

Quotes

Gena: You know, you never did tell me why you hit me at Petey Cane's club.
Sam Marlow: Oh, that? Simple. John Wayne slugged his pal Ward Bond in a pictured called "Hondo" for the same reason. If you want to confuse the enemy, hit a friend.
Gena: Interesting.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 10 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

References The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Looking at You
Music by George Duning
Lyrics by Andrew J. Fenady
Sung by Armando Compean (as Armando Compeán) during the end credits
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Best Belly Dancing In Hollywood
30 March 2007 | by bluefez99See all my reviews

This movie is a very enjoyable homage to the Bogart and other detective films of old. Robert Sacchi nails it as Bogie and Michelle Phillips is a truly timeless beauty as Gena Anastas.

However, the most noteworthy portion of this film involves the longest belly dancing scene ever produced in a Hollywood film. One well-known professional instructor commented that nothing else in cinema comes close for dance excitement.

The scene, which ends up being an important part of the plot, occurs in a lushly beautiful Middle Eastern nightclub and is by all accounts mesmerizing. The pulsating music, the swirling veils and ringing finger cymbals, free-flowing undulations and beautiful costumes - and a surprise twist involving the seductive Sybil Danning - build tension and excitement until the very end.

The three talented and beautiful professional nightclub dancers are led by exotic brunette beauty Kamala Almanzar, one of the US' leading belly dancers since the mid-1970s. She was hand-picked by famed Armenian musician Guy Chookoorian to travel with his orchestra on the road. Guy's ensemble is the live band that the dancers perform to in the scene. If you watch the trailer on this site, you will see a glimpse of Kamala (playing the finger cymbals behind Sybil Danning).

If you're not yet a fan of belly dancing, you will be after watching this movie, and if you're an aficionado, it holds up very well after repeated viewing.


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