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The Day of the Locust Details


The Day of the Locust is anything but a cheerful, light look at Hollywood in the '30s. It recreates both the town as well as the filmmaking world around which much of the town revolved with devastating accuracy. The movie tells the twin tales of talentless wannabe actress Faye Greener (Karen Black) and Homer Simpson (Donald Sutherland), a lovelorn accountant who couldn't care less about movies. Around this framework, a huge and intricate social network is tellingly revealed, until the film's gruesome and tragic ending. Not for those who prefer to hang onto their illusions about the glory days of Hollywood, The Day of the Locust, based on the novel by Nathanael West, is a must-see for serious film buffs. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

  • Release date:May 7, 1975


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Karen Black Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1975 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Burgess Meredith Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Burgess Meredith Best Supporting Actor 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Conrad L. Hall Best Cinematography 1975 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ann Roth Best Costume Design 1975 Winner


Donald Sutherland
as Homer
Karen Black
as Faye Greener
Burgess Meredith
as Harry Greener
William Atherton
as Tod Hackett
Geraldine Page
as Big Sister
Richard Dysart
as Claude Estee
Bo Hopkins
as Earle Shoop
Pepe Serna
as Miguel
Billy Barty
as Abe
Gloria Le Roy
as Mrs. Loomis
John Hillerman
as Ned Grote
Wally Rose
as Assistant Director
Ina Gould
Jackie Earle Haley
as Adore
Jonathan Kidd
as Undertaker
DeForest Covan
as Shoeshine Boy
Queenie Smith
as Palsied Lady
Nicholas Cortland
as Projectionist
Grainger Hines
as French Lieutenant
Nita Talbot
as Joan
Fred Scheiwiller
David Ladd
as Apprentice
Gyl Roland
as Girl
Dennis Dugan
Florence Lake
as Lee Sister
William Castle
as Director
Kenny Solms
as Boy in Chapel
John War Eagle
as The Gingos
Virginia Baker
Morgan Brittany
Angela Greene
Norman Leavitt
as Mr. Odlesh
Natalie Schafer
as Audrey Jennings
Jane Hoffman
as Mrs. Odlesh
Paul Jabara
as Nightclub Entertainer
Robert Pine
Jerry Fogel
Bill Baldwin
as Announcer at Premiere
Gloria Stroock
as Alice Estee
Paul Stewart
as Helverston


John Schlesinger
Ronald Shedlo
Sheldon Schrager
Jerome Hellman
Waldo Salt
Nathanael West
Book Author
Conrad L. Hall
John Barry
Composer (Music Score)
Jim Clark
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Tim Zinnemann
First Assistant Director