Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Bill Murray; Howard Hessman
Broad satire and buffoonery presented as a series of movie trailers. Among the titles and subjects are "The Howard Huge Story" "Skate-boarders from Hell" movie trailer come-ins Charlie Chaplin war movies and Billy Jack. In... more »
Can't get that dang song out of my head!
Cynthia. | 07/31/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I saw this in the theatre back in Aug of 1980! Yes, I know I'm dating myself, even moreso by saying my boyfriend actually thought this would be a good date. The best thing I can say about the movie is that the popcorn at the Capitol theatre was fresh. The movie, however, stunk.
Now, maybe I was too young to 'get' this type of humour, but the whole movie is a bunch of 'shorts' strung together. Yeah, like movie promos that just wouldn't end. I don't remember laughing, but we did, in fact manage to sit through the whole thing.
I do remember one thing, however, the final skit had a little blues ditty and a soft shoe in the most unlikely places. It's the song that gives the movie it's title. I won't spoil it for you by typing the words, but I will say that 28 years later, I can still hear the dang thing resonating in my head. I still bop my head just a little to the incessant tune, never daring to utter it's base words. Sometimes, the song gives me a little smile, because remembering it means I survived sitting through even this movie, and other times because of the nostalgia of something from my youth. Once, I even contemplated searching youtube for just that clip, but dared not, lest it further ingrain those words into my brain.
This movie is not for just anyone. If you love the finer points of comedy and might be able to see it for an example parodying it's day, then rent it, but understand two things before you do. First, it does not have any kind of storyline and second, you will be humming that tune to your grave.
Enter at your own risk."
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 03/12/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Note: DVDs of LOOSE SHOES are heavily edited, with nearly 20 minutes missing from most. This VHS however is unexpurgated.
A minor comedy often advertised as a Bill Murray picture when he only cameos.
LOOSE SHOES (1980) was scripted in part by Royce D. Applegate, plus he's in it. Applegate plays doomed Reb General Kemper in the 4-hour war epic, GETTYSBURG (1992).
"Loose Shoes" (aka "Coming Attractions," aka "Quackers") is blackout sketch comedy, much like STAY TUNED (1992), Robert Downey Sr.'s AMERICA [VHS] (1986), THE GROOVE TUBE (1974) or Abrams & Zucker's KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE (1977). The theme here is movie trailers.
With narration (in-part) from Gary Owens and Harry Shearer, cameos include Murray, Buddy Hackett, Jaye P. Morgan, Howard Hesseman, Avery Schreiber, Betty Thomas, Susan Tyrrell, Rikki Marin and Van Dyke Parks, of all people! There's good imitations of Chaplin, Ma & Pa Kettle, Woody Allen, Cab Calloway (doing the naughty title song) and others. Billy Curtis reprises his "Mayor of Munchkin City" character in an Oz parody that stars Billy Jack.
It's silly, it's 70s, it's so... so... so-so."
This DVD is pathetic !!!!
N. Fowler | South Australia | 05/28/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Having remembered this on VHS from years ago you would have thought that this DVD would have been remastered or something of an upgrade at least from video tape. However it is NOT, it is absolute crud ! Poor video & audio quality all round not even worthy of 1 star. A very poor release don't waste your money. Francis the talking pig deserves better than this."