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The Statue(1971)

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The sequence of the unveiling of the statue is shown without dialogue during the ending credits, as the song "Charlie," which is heard intermittently throughout the film, is played. According to information found submitted by the studio to AMPAS, the play on which the film is based, Chip, Chip, Chip by Alec Coppel, had not been produced for the stage before the picture was made; it has not been determined whether the play was ever produced onstage.
       As noted in the onscreen credits, The Statue was filmed on location in Italy. An April 1970 Daily Variety specified Florence as one location site. Variety and Hollywood Reporter reviews reported that shooting took place in London and Italy, and Filmfacts stated that studio work was done in Rome's Cinecitt Studios. Information in the film's copyright file listed the running time as 86 minutes, while the Variety and Hollywood Reporter reviews listed that duration as 84 minutes and the Los Angeles Times review, 92 minutes.
       Filmfacts and the LAHExam review misspelled actor John Cleese's name as Clees. A modern source adds Eva St. Laurent to the cast. Although the United States president is mentioned several times throughout the film and a portrait of Richard M. Nixon hangs in "Ray Whiteley's" office, his character does not appear in the film. The fictional rock musical Skin, in which the character "Hank Wills" appears, is a parody of Hair, which opened Off-Broadway in 1967 and had an initial Broadway run from 1968-1972.