The Sweet Ride (1968)

110 mins | Melodrama | 1968

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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed at Malibu, ... More Less

Location scenes filmed at Malibu, California. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyling
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Main titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Sweet Ride by William Murray (New York, 1967).
SONGS
"Sweet Ride," music and lyrics by Lee Hazlewood, sung by Dusty Springfield
"Never Again," music and lyrics by Moby Grape, sung by Moby Grape.
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
San Francisco opening: 22 May 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 December 1967
Copyright Number:
LP35408
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
110
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

The near-dead body of a brutally beaten and molested young woman is dumped on a highway in the Malibu Beach area peopled by surfers and drifters. Police investigation reveals that the woman, actress Vicki Cartwright, was dating surfer Denny McGuire, a young wastrel who shares a beach house with Collie Ransom, an aging tennis hustler, and Choo-Choo Burns, an unemployed jazz pianist. At a questioning conducted by Lieutenant Atkins, Denny explains that he first met Vicki on the beach and that, from the very beginning, their love affair was unstable. Denny later learned that Vicki was trapped professionally and psychologically by Brady Caswell, the producer of her new television series. When Denny asked Vicki to marry him, she insisted that she could not and began lying about her reasons for spending time away from him. Denny's jealousy was further inflamed by the interest taken in Vicki by repugnant cyclist Mr. Clean. Denny eventually learned of her relationship with Caswell; a bitter and vindictive quarrel ensued; and Denny did not see her again until she was brought into the hospital 2 weeks later. Once the police questioning is over and Denny and Collie are released, they learn what really happened on that fateful night: after Vicki had masochistically offered herself to Mr. Clean, she was savagely beaten by Caswell. To avenge Vicki, who is recovering from the attack, Denny assaults Caswell at his home, leaving him bleeding and unconscious. At last recognizing that there must be something more to life, Denny abandons his aimless way of life to work in a Santa Monica hardware ... +


The near-dead body of a brutally beaten and molested young woman is dumped on a highway in the Malibu Beach area peopled by surfers and drifters. Police investigation reveals that the woman, actress Vicki Cartwright, was dating surfer Denny McGuire, a young wastrel who shares a beach house with Collie Ransom, an aging tennis hustler, and Choo-Choo Burns, an unemployed jazz pianist. At a questioning conducted by Lieutenant Atkins, Denny explains that he first met Vicki on the beach and that, from the very beginning, their love affair was unstable. Denny later learned that Vicki was trapped professionally and psychologically by Brady Caswell, the producer of her new television series. When Denny asked Vicki to marry him, she insisted that she could not and began lying about her reasons for spending time away from him. Denny's jealousy was further inflamed by the interest taken in Vicki by repugnant cyclist Mr. Clean. Denny eventually learned of her relationship with Caswell; a bitter and vindictive quarrel ensued; and Denny did not see her again until she was brought into the hospital 2 weeks later. Once the police questioning is over and Denny and Collie are released, they learn what really happened on that fateful night: after Vicki had masochistically offered herself to Mr. Clean, she was savagely beaten by Caswell. To avenge Vicki, who is recovering from the attack, Denny assaults Caswell at his home, leaving him bleeding and unconscious. At last recognizing that there must be something more to life, Denny abandons his aimless way of life to work in a Santa Monica hardware store. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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