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The Love God?
The Love God
Actors: Don Knotts, Anne Francis, Edmond O'Brien, James Gregory, Maureen Arthur
Director: Nat Hiken
Genres: Comedy
PG-13     2003     1hr 41min

Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 01/09/2007 Run time: 103 minutes Rating: Pg13


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Actors: Don Knotts, Anne Francis, Edmond O'Brien, James Gregory, Maureen Arthur
Director: Nat Hiken
Creators: William Margulies, Nat Hiken, Sam E. Waxman, Billy Sands, Edward Montagne
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Classic Comedies
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/02/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 41min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Knotts At His Best
Tracy Copeland | Chicago | 04/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a missfire at the box office.It was also the first Don Knotts film to miss getting a "G" rating.It's also his best film, in my own humble opinion.There is absolutley nothing offensive about this gentle little comedy that has Don Knotts duped into becoming the publisher of a racy mens magazine.The laughs come fast, the script is wonderful, there is a wonderful song in the middle of the film called "Mister Peacock" (Don's character's name is Abner Peacock") that has Don strutting to the music, in a montage of openings of the "peacock" club's around the world, and the pacing is just right!Of course, in the end, Don realize's he can't buy into this lifestyle and he winds up marrying his virginal high school sweetheart- what a wonderful movie! I am so glad it's finally on video!"
Don Knotts gets swept up in the sexual revolution
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 12/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Love God is not only hilarious, it's a bit of an eye-opener, as well. I was perplexed when I saw the PG-13 rating attached to the film just before it began. For one thing, you don't expect a classic Don Knotts movie to be PG-13 material; for another thing, I don't remember ever seeing an old movie retroactively being given a PG-13 rating. Don't get me wrong here. The Love God is quite tame by today's standards, but it deals with sexuality and censorship in a surprisingly upfront way. I was amazed just to hear the word sex repeated multiple times throughout the film - obviously, the sexual revolution of the 60s was in full swing by 1969, but it's almost surreal to see a Don Knotts film that is ostensibly about that very subject. I should make it clear that this film, while taking some amazing detours through the free and sexually conscious streets of town, does find its way back home to small-town America and its traditional values. Virtue and honor are put to the test here, but they prove equal to the task in the end.

Poor Abner Peacock (Don Knotts) is the fourth-generation publisher of the Peacock, a magazine devoted to birds. We see Peacock show off his personal bird-calling skills at the beginning of the movie, but he can't whistle up the tens of thousands of dollars he needs to save his magazine. Enter one Osborn Tremaine (Edmond O'Brien), notorious peddler of smutty magazines; his investment saves the magazine, and in a matter of hours Peacock is happily on his way to the jungles of Brazil to try to get the first photograph ever of the world's most elusive bird. Tremaine, in Abner's convenient absence, quickly changes the Peacock into a girlie magazine; when the authorities come calling with an indictment for peddling smut, it is poor, ignorant Abner who finds himself on trial. His arrest sparks waves of protest all over the world, and the trial is transformed into a fight over freedom of speech. The end result of it all is to make Abner Peacock the most famous swinger of his day; he's got more mojo working than Austin Powers, despite the fact that poor Abner is still the same old shy, regular little guy with a sweet and innocent girl waiting for him back in Peacock City. Knowing the next issue of the Peacock is going to sell like hotcakes thanks to all the publicity, Tremaine is forced to bring in an outside investor by the name of J. Charles Twilight (better known as "Icepick" Charlie). He also hires publicity-craving Lisa LaMonica (Anne Francis) to be the new editor. So many powerful forces working in tandem compel Peacock to hang around a while, and he settles into the life of a famous playboy. It is hilarious to watch the progression of shy Abner into the world's most famous swinger - and those outfits!

Dear, sweet Rosa Ellen still waits for him back at home, but Peacock seems unable to leave his lavish new lifestyle; indeed, his business partners are pretty darn determined that he not leave because it would mean the end of the fortune they are making off his image. I think the movie ends wonderfully; you pretty much know how things are going to turn out in the end, but The Love God has a pretty effective way of taking you to your expected destination.

This has to be one of the first movies to satirize the hot-button issues of morality and censorship. The very premise of the film speaks directly to the audiences of today. You won't find the sort of behavior, nudity, and language of today's films here, but The Love God really was ahead of its time in terms of the issues it addressed. I assume the nature of the discussion accounts for the PG-13 rating attached to it now, but rest assured you or your kids won't see a single thing here that they haven't seen long, long ago - probably on network television. This isn't Don Knotts' best film, but it gives you Don Knotts as you've probably never seen him before - and the film is very, very funny."
Daniel Jolley | 06/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I discovered this fine film as a result of a friend and I was so grateful to her. Don Knotts is one of the most underrated comic actors of our time and this is perhaps his finest film with the notable exception of "Mr.Limpet."

Aside from the excellent comedy of Knotts and great performances from classic character actors, the film can boast that it was one of the first comedy satires dealing with sex, censorship and media perception.

Abner Peacock (Knotts) is a nerdy but decent guy who tries to save his failing bird magazine and is tricked into publishing a racy magazine with scantily clad women. When he's brought to trial on charges he wins and becomes the symbol for the sexual freedom of a generation. Even though he's not movie star handsome like his obvious real-life counterpart, Hugh Hefner, Abner is seen as sexy to women and is envied by men because society needs an outlet for its frustrations. The media makes Abner the Love God.

This film would be PG by our standards today. In the end, it extols many of the values that we've sadly lost. It is funny, smart and has a theme song that will have you tapping your foot days after you've watched it. "The Love God" is a little masterpiece."
An underrated film from an underrated performer
Sonnet29 | Binghamton NY USA | 12/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sooner or later someone is going to rediscover Don Knotts, a comic genius who made four really funny films in the sixties: The Reluctant Astronaut, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Shakiest Gun in the West, and The Love God. Honestly, Laurel and Hardy have nothing on Don Knotts in terms of comic timing and delivery, and he could teach Jim Carrey a thing or two about discipline and creating a character. This one has a great cast. Edmund O'Brien is great as a seedy girlie magazine publisher, and Anne Francis is so lovely that after it was over I sent her my very first fan letter. This is the most satirical of Knotts' films, and satire isn't always laugh-out loud funny, but even when the material falters a little, watching what Knotts does with it is pure pleasure. Abner Peacock is a great comic creation, a true innocent in a world of hustlers and exploiters, an American Candide caught in the culture war that continues to this day."