Hammersmith Is Out
Hammersmith Is Out (1972)

Peter Ustinov's Faustian black comedy stars Richard Burton as a mental patient who promises his male nurse Billy (Beau Bridges) great wealth in exchange for helping him escape from the asylum.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
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Variety Staff
Variety

What is, apparently, an exercise in spoofery on the part of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the even more energetic Peter Ustinov, starts as a variation on the Faust legend but almost immediately turns into a belabored antic.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Inept Taylor-Burton vehicle is one more variation on the Faust legend, with Burton as a lunatic consigned to Ustinov's asylum.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Both Bridges and Miss Taylor display a certain vulgar, ratty charm that is often funny.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Simply atrocious -- one of the very worst films ever made.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Hammersmith is Out is one of the year's best comedies. It is also, while it's at it, one of the year's best satires, but it doesn't lay the satire on very heavily.

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