Mutrux's crude cult classic answer to AMERICAN GRAFITTI and ANIMAL HOUSE follows the comic exploits of the Hollywood Knights, a rowdy, prank-happy car club, and their screwball leader Newbomb Turk (Wuhl). When a group of B... more »everly Hills preppies decide to run the dclass pranksters out of town by closing down their hang-out--Tubby's Drive-in--the 'Knights (featuring a young Danza and Pfeiffer) unleash a chaotic string of practical jokes in retaliation, culminating in a hell-raising Halloween free-for-all. Long enjoying cable TV-fed cult status, the film's video release was held up for years due to music rights.« less
"I saw this flick on a movie channel back in the 80's and was shocked to find that it wasn't available on video until just recently. The casting for this film was tremendous. You will recognize several actors who went on to make it big in Hollywood many years after this film was made (1980).If you love vintage hot rods, you'll want to see this movie for this reason alone. The cruising scenes are brief, but they're great fun. You may also be interested in the great music in this movie.The premise of the movie is that a car club called "The Hollywood Knights" is having their hang-out (Tubby's drive-in) torn down by an association that is tired of their pranks. In addition, interest in the club is on the decline and one of its member's is headed for Vietnam. The guys in the club decide to have one last big night of pranks and fun. Newbomb Turk played by Robert Wuhl is the catalyst for the pranks and from "spiking" the punch, to pranks at the prep rally, you'll find yourself laughing hysterically at a movie that probably has the best adolescent humor along with "Fast Times at Ridgemont High.""
One of the FUNNIEST movies I've seen in my life!
Bob Karafin | San Antonio, Texas | 05/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been waiting ever since the early 80's for this movie to come out for sale; it'll NEVER be mistaken as enlightened moviemaking but if you like low comedy you'll be rolling on the floor with this one. Inspired by the earlier "American Graffiti", this adaptation is played much more for laughs and tries not to take itself too seriously. The music is great, something for everyone who enjoys 60's Rock & Roll; and the cast includes several who went on to at least semi-stardom, such as Robert Wuhl (Arli$$), Tony Danza (Who's the Boss?), Fran Dreischer (The Nanny) and of course, Michelle Pfeiffer. Like "American Graffiti", there's also a serious side: one of the Knights is about to ship out for Vietnam the next day, the movie's way of saying that this was an age of innocence that was just about to change into what the Late 60's became. However, the main plot is that it's Halloween night, the drive-in's closing for good the next day, and tonight's the night to go all-out with cruising, playing pranks, and getting initiated into the gang! A HILARIOUS movie!"
Starring Michelle and Tony? Cut me a break!
William J. Eichelberger | Ft. Thomas, KY | 09/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The real star of this movie is Robert Wuhl, whose Newbomb Turk character steals the show. This is the kind of movie that had an inexplicably short life in the first run theatres before trickling down to the local "buck-a-seat" houses. That was where I first saw Hollywood Knights, on a night when I was so bored that I took a chance on a no-name comedy and parted with my hard earned dollar. I've rarely recieved so much bang for my buck since. If you like this one, give it's fellow classics Spring Break and Porky's a chance also."
Classic comedy reigns!
Brian A. Hathaway | Valrico, Florida USA | 05/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""There is a man in a Major Domo outfit..." If you have seen this movie, you can easily finish this sentence. This classic mix of "low-brow" humor and early 60's ambiance is great fun. Look for Leigh French (formerly the Hippy hostess Goldie in the old Smother's Brothers Comedy Hour) as the society do-gooder pushing to get the local teen hang-out closed down once and for all. Robert Wuhl is outstanding as Newbomb Turk and Fran Drescher shines as his girlfriend. I have a VHS copy I play whenever I want a good laugh. The Hollywood Knights is a classic you'll want to watch over and over. I can't wait to get my DVD edition. Just thinking about it makes me want to launch into a refrain from "Volare"!"
ONE OF THE FOUR BEST MOVIES OF ALL-TIME!!!
Brian A. Hathaway | 01/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I seriously PITY anyone who doesn't agree with this; especially someone who don't agree with this WHO'S ACTUALLY SEEN the movie! I recently looked at 'The Wizard of Oz', 'It's a Wonderful Life', and 'Star Wars' as the three best flicks of all-time (not necessarily in any particular order), but ever since I got 'Hollywood Knights' on DVD for Christmas last month and have seen it ever some more times since I first became familiar of it all them years ago, I would HAVE to say that it DOES join in the Top-FOUR (neither of the quartet in any particular order). The flick is just so POWERFUL to me! Yes, the flick has a bit of 'Porkys', 'Animal House', and 'American Grafitti' inspiration, but the thing is......is that it's BETTER than ANY of them flicks! BETTER than 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High', BETTER than 'Sixteen Candles' or ANY of the awesome brat-pack flicks, BETTER than 'Dazed and Confused'; etc, etc, etc......HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS RULES!! Plain and simple. 'American Grafitti', as classic as it is (and it is INDEED a classic, and deservingly so), is a little too politically-correct/PG-rated ala Richy Cunningham/Shirey (Happy Days). Hell, Lucas already is in my Top-4 flicks of all-time anyway. 'Knights' is a little more lewd, but much more to-the-point than 'Graffiti' as far as straight-comedy is concerned. Tony Danza and Michele Phiefer are the two 'stars' of the flick (most-likely because the movie wanted to sell more tickets being that Tony was already known for starring in 'Taxi' at the time and that Phiefer was a budding-star and EVER-so a Goddess - and is she EVER, EVER-so a Goddess in this flick; oh my!!), but it really is Robert Wuhl (in his first ever role) who completely steals the flick with his non-stop, endless comedy tactics as the role of Newbaum Turk. Too, too, TOO funny he is! He just rules!! And to think (acccording to the director's take) that he actually was 'nervous', 'shy' when this flick was being done. I can't even TELL you just how much of a trip he is throughout this flick without keeping you for 3 hours so I will simply just have to tell you to get this flick and see it for yourself. He practially REINVENTED comedy-relief in this cult-classic. This is one of Fran Drescher's first roles as well. Not only is she, as well, hot-as-hell in it but she also shows just how cool, fun, and spunky she can be as well. Fran rules! However, this flick isn't only a strictly funny flick with practical jokes galore (ala 'Porkys'), but it definitely takes you back to a crossroads of an era - an era that not only is of the most significance of the 20th century, but the most significant decade in AMERICAN HISTORY (the 1960s) - most drastic! Haloween 1965 is when this classic takes place, and although the 60s was already 'the 60s' when this flick took place, there were still many circles throughout the country that were still feeling the 50s (hot-rod clubs, greasers in leather jackets, etc). Despite the colorful 60s-friendly soundtrack, not a single Beatles or Dylan song was in it. The Hollywood Knights was a hot-rod club that was spending it's last night before their main hangout, Tubby's Drive In - Home of the Big One, would get closed down by some conseravative Beverly Hills beauracracy crap. Play as many practical jokes as possible before closing down, ala Neubaum, would be their game. One can actually feel the LATE 60s creep in as the movie went on. That character, one of the Knights, (who ended up playing in 'Alien Nation') who was going to Vietnam the next day and everyone in the flick wondering if the 'Knights' were going to stay together after the closing of Tubby's and the car which they were going to save for him when he came back home (with an EIGHT-TRACK inside - 'California Dreaming' playing ), only FOUR guys trying to initiate themselves into the 'Knights' instead of many more like in years past and having to run naked through Watts - when it wasn't quite what it would become - and request a song on the local radio station to Tubby's then make it back to Tubby's by 2AM are ALL examples of this change in the era. Even if you weren't around in this very very turbulant era, you can for sure feel it in this flick; and laugh out loud all at the same time. Just like 'Fast Times' marked a time just before the 80s became...MTV and just like 'Wayne's World' marked a time when metal-heads were still doing their thing when Cobain and Pearl Jam (Ugly Kid Joe) were already making their mark, 'Hollywood Knights' marked that time just before the 60s, indeed, BECAME THE SIXTIES. This movie simply offers you everything, without boring you for a second. Even the cheesy love plot between Danza and Phiefer have something to offer, whether it is with the help of such powerful 60s songs like 'Out of my Head' or just the fact that the two wanted to simply do something else with their lifes; MOVE ON (to, perhaps, the LATE 60s). Like 'Grease' (obviously a super-classic), what made the movie a total blast wasn't just the 'nerd' of the movie getting picked on and the odd way in which he acted ('mother, I knooooow'; 'I need my puffer'), but everything else besides it (ESPECIALLY Wuhl); but what makes this one even BETTER, is that Dudley at least ended up getting EXCEPTED where as Eugene even on the last day of school (carnival) was still not liked by the others. 'Hollywood Knights' is simply one of the four best flicks of all-time and if you see it for yourself and don't agree, I truly, TRULY feel sorry for you. I do. KNIGHTS RULE!PS - And for those who do see it for yourselves and AGREE, I expect you to say, "Thanks.....maaaaaaaan.""