SMILE
1975, Park Circus/MGM, 117 min, USA, Dir: Michael Ritchie

Director Michael Ritchie’s savage, Norman Rockwell-in-rehab comedy stars Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”), Michael Kidd and Geoffrey Lewis as a group of civic boosters desperately trying to stage a teenage beauty pageant in Santa Rosa, California. Annette O’Toole and Melanie Griffith are among the gorgeous, devious and very un-ladylike contestants in this wickedly funny snapshot of the underbelly of mid-’70s America.


THE BAD NEWS BEARS
1976, Paramount, 102 min, Dir: Michael Ritchie

Walter Matthau stars as drunk ex-minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker, coaching a team of profane, pint-sized, talentless misfits (among them Tatum O’Neal) in a highly competitive Little League division.


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