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Nickelodeon (1976)



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Before making this tribute to the brilliant, haphazard early days of Hollywood filmmaking, director/screenwriter Peter Bogdanovich interviewed several veteran filmmakers including John Ford, Raoul Walsh, Allan Dwan and Howard Hawks. Their reminiscences, though not enacted literally onscreen, provide Nickelodeon with its soul. The plot tells the story of a lawyer who is roped into becoming a director and an aspiring actor who becomes a star in the early silent era. Despite their early stumbling and fumbling, the two become quite successful and this creates a whole new set of problems.

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Ryan O'Neal
as Leo Harrigan
Burt Reynolds
as Buck Greenway
Tatum O'Neal
as Alice Forsyte
Brian Keith
as H.H. Cobb
Stella Stevens
as Marty Reeves
John Ritter
as Franklin Frank
Jane Hitchcock
as Kathleen Cooke
George Gaynes
as Reginald Kingsley
Jack Perkins
as Michael Gilhooley
Brion James
as Bailiff
Jo Warfield
as Defense Attorney
Tamar Cooper
as Edna Mae Gilhooley
Alan R. Gibbs
as Patents Hooligan
Arnold Soboloff
as Cobb's Writer
Don Calfa
as Waldo
Edward Marshall
as Rialto Hotel Clerk
E.J. Andre
as Stage Performer
Christa Lang
as Stage Performer
Maurice Manson
as Stage Performer
Louis Guss
as Dinsdale
Frank Marshall
as Dinsdale's Assistant
Andrew Winner
as Stage Manager
Matilda Calnan
as German Bakery Lady
Gustaf Unger
as German Producer
Bertil Unger
as German Producer
James O'Connell
as Patents Thug
Ric Mancini
as Patents Thug
Mark Dennis
as Cobb's Cutter
E. Hampton Beagle
as Leo's Train Conductor
Hedgemon Lewis
as Train Waiter
Dino Judd
as Oldtimer
Carleton Ripple
as Depot Man
Rita Abrams
as Dutch Damsel
Sara Jane Gould
as Dutch Damsel
Mary Beth Bell
as Dutch Damsel
Rusty Blitz
as Nickelodeon Barker
Les Josephson
as Nickelodeon Bouncer
Thomas Erhart
as Nickelodeon Projectionist
Griffin O'Neal
as Bicycle Boy
Patricia O'Neal
as Movie Fanatic
Morgan Farley
as Movie Fanatic
Anna Thea
as Movie Fanatic
Elaine Partnow
as Movie Fanatic
Joe Medalis
as Movie Fanatic
Roger Hampton
as Movie Fanatic
Gordon Hurst
as Policeman
Charles Thomas Murphy
as Hollywood Realtor
Ted Gehring
as Stoneman
Vincent Duke Milana
as Frank's Director
Lee Gordon Moore
as Alice's Director
John Finnegan
as Kathleen's Director
Christian Grey
as Buck's Director
Robert Ball
as Leo's Actor
Rude Frimel
as Orchestra Conductor
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Critic Reviews for Nickelodeon

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Peter Bogdanovich's film is an okay comedy-drama about the early days of motion pictures.

August 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Bogdanovich is trying to do an interesting and commendable thing in dramatizing aesthetic passion; his failure is as noble as it is conspicuous.

August 17, 2010 | Full Review…

The direction is agonisingly pedantic for a comedy, and leaves O'Neal and Reynolds totally exposed, mugging away in charmless and clumsy fashion.

August 17, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Peter Bogdanovich knows a great deal about movies, including how they are made. Perhaps he doesn't know why they are made. In any case, knowing how something is made isn't the same as making it.

August 17, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

We're reminded that Orson Welles described a movie studio as the biggest electric train a kid could ever get. Bogdanovich doesn't let us play with his train. Instead, he keeps us on the outside of a curiously flat movie.

August 17, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The virtually total rejection by Bogdanovich of anything that exists beyond the boundaries of certified (and ossified) movie myth may help to explain the curious sterility of Nickelodeon in relation to its fascinating subject and sources.

November 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nickelodeon

I caught the ending of this movie on TV, I'd been wanting to see it for some time, and I liked it, but I really want to see the rest of the movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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