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Good Times (1967)

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Sonny and Cher spoof many Hollywood classic movie scenes.

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William Friedkin

Writers:

Tony Barrett (screenplay), Nicholas Hyams (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonny & Cher ... Themselves (as Sonny and Cher)
George Sanders ... Mordicus / Knife McBlade / White hunter / Zarubian
Norman Alden ... Warren
Larry Duran Larry Duran ... Smith
Kelly Thordsen ... Tough Hombre
Lennie Weinrib Lennie Weinrib ... Leslie Garth
Peter Robbins Peter Robbins ... Brandon
Edy Williams ... Mordicus' Girl
China Lee ... Mordicus' Girl
Diane Haggerty Diane Haggerty ... Mordicus' Girl
James Flavin ... Lieutenant
Phil Arnold ... Solly
Hank Worden ... Kid
Morris Buchanan ... Proprietor
Charles Smith ... Telegrapher
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Storyline

Done in a similar style to the musical duo's TV show "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour", this film is more a series of unconnected skits and parodies than a single running plot. When Sonny gets offered a role in a movie, he talks Cher into giving it a try. The proposed script, however, turns out to be awful, but in order to get out of doing this stinker of a project, Sonny has just ten days to come with his own better script. The rest of the film follows his daydreams as he plots out possible storylines starring him as a Wild West sheriff, a jungle king, and as a private eye. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Sonny & Cher's ONLY motion picture together!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buenos tiempos See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sonny and Cher did a promotional still for the film dressed in prehistoric caveman and cavewoman attire sitting atop Ralph Helfer's elephant Misty. See more »

Goofs

In the western scene where a mom is trying to pull her son's ear, she keeps missing the ear. The son finally realizes this, so he walks as if she had a hold of his ear. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: Hey, you wanna make a movie?
Chér: No.
Sonny: Why?
Chér: 'Cos I like what I'm doing.
Sonny: I know. But let's just go up and see what it's all about.
Chér: No, you go ahead. I've got some things to do. I'll meet you later.
Sonny: Come on, Bud. You don't have anything to do.
Chér: No, you go ahead. Besides, you know I hate business.
Sonny: Not business. I'm just gonna go up and see what it's all about.
Chér: No thank you.
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Spoofs The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Talk to Strangers
Composed by Sonny Bono
Performed by Cher
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29 November 2009 | by winner55See all my reviews

I agreed to see this because it was the first film by William Friedkin (French Connection, Excorsist). And the big surprise is that it is not a bad film. (And kudos to Mr Friedkin to show such savvy in his parody of "High Noon" and other films.) Of course it's not a great film, either. Stylistically, it is rather of a kind with television movies of the same era, or a decade later. For better or worse, Friedkin decided not to go the route of "psychedlic trippy hippy film," but delivers a fairly staid, episodic musical comedy. That actually saves the film, in my opinion; I never felt, watching this, that it might have seemed better in its time and place with a hit of acid under the belt. It's a simple, middle-brow romantic comedy about a pair of singers wrestling with the very idea of making a movie for their fans.

For me, the saving grace of the film is Cher; here she is all exuberance, innocent sexuality (a quality difficult to project), love-of-life - oh, she's just great.

And through her, the film captures the romanticism of the 1960s that is largely forgotten today.

Finally, a word on the music: Sonny Bono's songs are wretched just as songs, but he had a real ear for melody and the arrangements here make that very clear - he missed his calling, he should have been composing soundtracks all along.

A bit of an oddity, but kind of fun.


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