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consider myself a movie buff, but i have never heard of this film! i worked in the funeral business and got a charge out of that aspect. johnathon winters in a dual role (intentional i'm sure), paul williams as the kid, rod steiger, liberace what a cast!!!!! look up the main charactors name in the dictionary, you will get close. this is definately a keeper. not as madcap as mad mad mad mad world, but great names just the same.
Never forgot it
I saw this movie when it was first released, and thought it was absolutely oneof the most outrageous, offensive, and hilarious satires/parodies on film. Certainly on a par with "Cat Balloo" and "Cheyenne Autumn" (which starred Sal Mineo as an Indian Brave!). The movie lampoons fat people, dead people, rich people, businessmen, air-head young women, and clueless young men. Truly the movie with something to offend everyone. See it!
- Ryan petersen
The loved one is great for a mortician or post mordem comedey lover, I my self is a funeral director im usually just embalming but i do others and i tell ya every thing in the movie is done by a great prop maker because all the equitment is ones i use for perfecting the narrual look. some although are outdated but post mortem collectable treasure they should make a remake ied love to see that ecspecialy with jim carrey as mr joyboy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Loved One
- The Phantom Stranger
.. An absolute hoot to watch! Let's say if this movie doesn't hit your funny bone,well then perhaps Mr.Joy Boy should be working on you, because you would have to be dead not to laugh at this Morbid comedy. Robert Morse is one of those actors, who can make you laugh out loud, even when he is just expressing his emotions. This movie is B/W from 1965. It is a little Gem of a Film, so before watching have yourself some adult beverages and some other things and kick back in a comfortable chair and be prepared for a very funny,offbeat, movie featuring some great stars of that era,who normally did not do comedy. Enjoy!! The Phantom Stranger/ reviews horror movies for Creepshow Mayhem.com. Check it out sometime..
Winner: Most Bizarre Film ever!
I first saw this movie on very late night TV when half-hungover from a senior prom party in 1970 - I thought I had hallucinated, as I never heard any more mention of the film and didnt know the title. Then I found it on cable and was delighted to see that it was the movie that was so nutz and not any illegal drugs I may/may not have ingested. I love this satirical look at the funeral industry. It is truly the movie to offend everyone!
Weird & Funny Satire
- Bruce Reber
Although "The Loved One" is about a morbid subject (death and funerals) it is a very funny comic satire with a great cast playing some extremely strange characters, such as a lecherous businessman-preacher, an embalmer, a (Hindu?) advice columnist, a kid rocket scientist and some very wacky Brits. I just bought the DVD, and I have seen it on TCM a few times. If you like good satire then see "The Loved One". Of course, if you don't care for this kind of film, then stay away.
what a disappointment ... SPOILER ALERT
very slow, silly and NOT very funny but had sooooo much potential too bad sir John Gielgud's character died so soon into the movie ... the movie died too
I saw this years ago and could never find it untill I saw it again on TCL some time back. It is a dark comedy with a star studded cast!
Is this the darkest edge of black comedy?
A friend once told me that she showed this movie to a relative dying of cancer. And the laughter almost killed the two of them! You may have thought Liberace was the pinnacle of smaltz...but who could have been a better casket salesman? Mr. Joyboy's mother meeting her fitting 'end' is disgusting, revolting, and hilarious. Any movie with Jonathan Winters in dual roles can't possibly be missed by any movie fan of this genre. Before you plant a dear relative, or make your own funeral plans...be sure to watch The Loved One several times. I want the eternal-perpetual myself.