Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Smile Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The American beauty-contest ritual is skewered by screenwriter Jerry Belson and director Michael Ritchie in Smile. The film takes place during an annual pageant in Santa Rosa, CA. The event is supervised by local mover and shaker Brenda DiCarlo (Barbara Feldon), to whom the contest is the most important thing on earth. Nothing -- not even the violent backlash of her neglected husband, Andy (Nicholas Pryor) -- is allowed to interfere with her pet project. Choreographer Tommy French (Michael Kidd), outwardly nasty and cynical, takes money out of his own pocket to insure the safety of the contestants as they parade down a rickety stage runway; chief judge "Big Bob" Freelander (Bruce Dern) discovers that his son is a budding voyeur, information which leads to a silly "politically correct" consequence; and the various contestants scheme to upstage one another through a variety of means (one girl puts Vaseline on her teeth to assure a gleaming smile). Among the contestants are such stars-to-be as Colleen Camp, Denise Nickerson, Annette O'Toole, and Melanie Griffith. Though not a hit itself, Smile has developed a fervent cult following, which led to a Broadway musical version of the property in 1986, with songs by Marvin Hamlisch. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Michael Ritchie Film Presented 1976 Nominee

Cast

Bruce Dern
as "Big Bob" Freelander
Barbara Feldon
as Brenda DiCarlo
Michael Kidd
as Tommy French
Geoffrey Lewis
as Wilson Shears
Nicholas Pryor
as Andy DiCarlo
Colleen Camp
as Connie Thompson/"Miss Imperial County"
George Skaff
as Dr. Malvert
Paul Benedict
as Orren Brooks
Titos Vandis
as Emil Eidleman
Caroline Williams
as Helga
Denise Nickerson
as Shirley Tolstoy/"Miss San Diego"
William Traylor
as Ray Brandy
Maria O'Brien
as Maria Gonzales/"Miss Salinas"
Kate Sarchet
as Judy Wagner/"Miss Modesto"
Dennis Dugan
as Logan
Dick McGarvin
as Ted Farley
Annette O'Toole
as Doria Houston/"Miss Anaheim"
Melanie Griffith
as Karen Love/"Miss Simi Valley"
Joan Prather
as Robin Gibson/"Miss Antelope Valley"

Crew

Michael Ritchie
Director
Michael Ritchie
Producer
David V. Picker
Producer
Marion Dougherty
Producer
Tim Zinnemann
Producer
Jerry Belson
Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall
Cinematographer
Leroy Holmes
Composer (Music Score)
Daniel Osborn
Composer (Music Score)
Charles Chaplin
Featured Music
Neil Sedaka
Featured Music
Michael Ritchie
Composer (Music Score)
Richard A. Harris
Editor
Richard Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Zinnemann
First Assistant Director
Jim Bates
Choreography
Nino Candido
Properties Master
Advertisement