Hammersmith Is Out
Hammersmith Is Out (1972)

Loosely based on the Faust legend, Hammersmith is Out stars Richard Burton as the title character, a mental patient confined to the sanitarium owned by a loony doctor (Peter Ustinov, who also directed). Befriending a lackadaisical orderly… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
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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

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.

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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