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Hollywood Knights, The
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by iF Magazine

"A gratuitous froth of miscast actors and poor dialogue."
2 stars

The year is 1965 and it’s Halloween night with the Hollywood Knights up to their usual pranks. What are the Hollywood Knights? Well from the looks of this 1980 low budget comedy by director/writer Floyd Matrux, they are a group of male high school students who formed a male only "car club".

Robert Wuhl, who is hopelessly miscast, plays the leader of this group of thugs who spend their nights around town pulling pranks that consist of throwing eggs at cars, leaving a pile of flaming poo on the doorsteps of a socialite who is glad to see the “rinky dink” drive-in the Knights frequent being torn down and leaving their pledges naked in Watts as an initiation to the club. All the while "the boys" happen to be around whenever "the girls" are publically disrobing all for the sake of gratuity.

Wuhl, looking more like a nerd playing dress up with his cool brother’s clothes, is way too old for the part and is not believable as the smooth talking Turk. In one Knights’ disruption Wuhl farts to the rhythm of a song at an assembly and only embarrasses himself more while Tony Danza and Michelle Pfeiffer play love struck teens who can’t decide to make it or break it.

Danza starred in this cross between PORKYS and AMERICAN GRAFFITTI, except without a point, after he had already done two years of the TV show TAXI’s 5-year run. Danza could not possibly play a High School senior ready to start college in a few months and make it work. It was a stretch to begin with and a failure from the words action to that’s a wrap.

With no less than five mooning shoots, plenty of breasts and a plentitude of great songs, the soundtrack would probably be worth more than the film. Mutrux thought he could forget about the story and the actors and focus on the hits of the '60s. Not so, his one night of comedy is a gratuitous froth of miscast actors and poor dialogue.

The DVD features a director’s commentary that might help explain Mutrux’s decisions, bonus trailers, production notes and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. THE HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS is not as painful as watching last year’s AMERICAN PIE but I’m sure Pfeiffer leaves this one off her resume along with GREASE 2.-- Pamela Harland

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originally posted: 02/24/01 01:28:04
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User Comments

1/08/09 Shaun Wallner Thought this was a good film. 5 stars
12/16/06 Peggy Just saw it for the first time. My husband and I laughed through most of it. 4 stars
10/19/06 tom collins great laughs - yes better than the crappola they shove down your throat today 5 stars
7/07/05 gg allin Gailard Sartain as officer Bimbeau is a truly oscar worthy performance 5 stars
7/07/05 Newbomb Turk this is a great flick, i would put it up against any of the crap they put out today 5 stars
2/17/05 Jeff Anderson Robert Wuhl farting Volare' is the highpoint of this hysterical & high spirited 80's COMEDY 5 stars
6/30/04 DeWilde hilarious, awesome cars, great music, teenage fun!! 5 stars
6/14/04 Mike Nieznany Great movie! Laughed my ass off! 5 stars
2/14/03 Dave Rich Seen it many times. Funny every time. I'll buy it as soon as I see it avail on D 5 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum The funniest film you have never seen 5 stars
9/22/02 Doug Henkel Great movie, very funny 5 stars
9/15/02 RANDY GORNEL My best performance to date! 4 stars
2/02/02 Andrew Carden Really Really Funny Movie. Better Then Porky's. 5 stars
9/14/01 Cody Wilson The poky's and american pie of it's day! And Wuhl carries the film nicely thank you. 5 stars
5/08/01 Mignar the Magician A definite classic. Right up there with Fast Times at Ridgemont High. 5 stars
3/28/01 Bill Bower I thought is was better than the reviews provided by the two teen idots. 4 stars
10/13/00 Gary dragged even lower by Wuhl's anticharisma here 1 stars
4/07/00 Jennifer Toner I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! I took it for what it was, and laughed my head off! 5 stars
3/28/00 Nicholas Adamcheski I just wish I could find it on tape or dvd 5 stars
3/08/00 Adam Humphrey You are crazy. This is the best damn movie I have ever seen 5 stars
11/25/99 Dr. Acula something of a cult film among car nuts,very funny & nostalgic. 5 stars
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  18-May-1980 (R)
  DVD: 09-May-2000



Directed by
  Floyd Mutrux

Written by
  Floyd Mutrux

  Tony Danza
  Michelle Pfeiffer
  Fran Drescher
  Robert Wuhl
  Stuart Pankin
  Randy Gornel

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