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PurpleRainer
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Can anyone explain the movie plot of "Oscar" to me? I have watched the film three times, and it's a very confusing movie. It has Peter Riegert, Sylvester Stallone, and Tim Curry in it.
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It is so wierd that i came across this today as i was watching this film on TV this morning.

The film is a stage farce type story and goes something like this.

Snapps Provelone (Sly) is a gangster who promises his father on his deathbed that he will go straight, so he decides to go into the banking business and the story builds from there on the morning that he is supposed to be meeting the bankers to sign the deal. The farce elements build from

- His daughter who is supposed to be marrying a wealthy local business man is actually in love with the ex-chauffer (The Oscar of the title) and tells her father that she is pregnant by him to stop the marriage. Her father (Snapps) finds out that the wealthy business man is actually having an affair with his maid who he promptly fires. Now the daughters suiter is out of the picture he decides to marry her off to his young lawyer, who he then finds out has been ripping him off so that he can marry someone else, a girl that claims to also be Snapps daughter. As the lawyer does not want to marry the daughter he convinces a professor that has been giving Snapps elocution lessons that the daughter is in love with him so that he will marry her instead. When the new maid turns up from the agency, it turns out to be Snapps first love from when he got into the racket years ago, who it turns out is the mother of the girl claiming to be Snapps daughter that is marrying the lawyer that snapps was trying to marry off to his original daughter and it turns out had a child by Snapps all those years ago.

ARE YOU WITH ME SO FAR.

- There is a secondary farce in the guise of a set of cases, 1 containing jewels, 1 containing 50k in cash and 1 containing the ex-maids underwear being swapped back and forth between Snapps, the maid, the business man and Snapps cronies.

- There is also another plot line that follows a cop who is after Snapps and is convinced that he is not going straight.

It is quite a funny film (although it will never make a classic top 10 anywhere), but you have to concentrate a little to keep up.

There are some good performances from Peter Riegert and Tim Curry that do stand out from the rest. Also look out for the very lovely Onella Muti (Mings daughter from Flash Gordon) as Snapps wife.

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Rewatched the John Landis film Oscar and it was much better than i remembered.

The cast was great so i don´t understand the Stallone, Landis and Tomei Razzie nominations.
The film includes lot´s of dialogue (based on a french play), gags and the comic timing is just perfect.

Like i said the cast is awesome and it was fantastic to see actors like Martin Ferrero and Tim Curry in this one.

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I think this movie was just thrown together to try and prove critics that said Stallone was nothing but a meat-head action star wrong. Unfortunately it didn't work because this movie bombed big time. Not to say Stallone was terrible in it. But it would have been a much better film if they'd cast a veteran comic actor in the lead role...(maybe). I'm not sure because it still is just a pretty crazy collection of plots just thrown all over the place. But as already stated, if you can keep up, it's a pretty decent little comedy film.

Most of the great bits in this movie comes from the supporting cast. The most notable IMO are as follows:

Chazz Palminterri as Connie is freakin' hilarious. You can tell he really put his all into this dumbed down comic book-ish henchman role and was having a ball with every second of it.

Tim Curry as Dr. Pool because...well, it's Tim Curry. Of course he's going to be fantastic. He is in anything and everything he does.

Martin Ferrero & Harry Shearer as The Finucci Bros. These characters are pretty stereotypical of the Vaudeville era, but still performed very well by both Ferrero & Shearer.


Much of the other cast do fine in their roles too. But these were the most stand-out to me.


I used to own this on vhs a long time ago. But I watched it enough times to remember most of it even though I haven't seen in quite awhile. I wouldn't mind running across this one again for a re-watch if it turns up again.

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