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The Man with Bogart's Face
The Man with Bogart's Face
Actors: Robert Sacchi, Franco Nero, Michelle Phillips, Olivia Hussey, Misty Rowe
Director: Robert Day
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2001     1hr 46min

Nostalgic send-up of Bogart detective films of the '40s boasts a spot-on impression of the famous star by Robert Sacchi, who made a career doing mostly the same. (That's him in the Robert Zemeckis-helmed "You, Murderer" ep...  more »


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Actors: Robert Sacchi, Franco Nero, Michelle Phillips, Olivia Hussey, Misty Rowe
Director: Robert Day
Creators: Richard C. Glouner, Houseley Stevenson Jr., Andrew J. Fenady, Eddie Saeta, Melvin Simon
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Comedy, Family Films, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/10/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1980
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1980
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

This is bogart BUT the plot is silly and at times perverted
Something Special INC | caldwell, NJ United States | 02/15/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"5 stars to the actor playing bogie,he has the voice,look, manors and style PERFECT. however the golden age of movies did not have curse words & naked women and i really doubt the real bogie would have lowered himself to this stupid script. If you are the ultimate bogart fan,like me, you can apprechiate just how good this actor plays him and at times there are a few funny sceenes like a car crash resulting from seeing bogie back from the dead.nice hearing the this actor relate everything to the "old days" as he visits certain streets and area's in this film where previous old movies were shot naming the stars who were in them, you can kind of picture it in B&W in your head if you saw the films. it is also kind of neat seeing a cameo by george raft an actor who played with bogie way back when in some of the classics but this is NOT a child safe movie. You can take most of the golden age movies and watch them with a family but not this trashy comedy too many uneeded sex implied scenario's that just dont fit with the real humphrey bogart films."
Sam Marlow in "The Eyes of Alexander"
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 06/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All Bogie fans, in fact ALL lovers of classics should see THE MAN WITH BOGART'S FACE. It stars Robert Sacchi, who is an uncanny double for Mr. B. in size, face, hair, mannerisms and voice. Watching him in this movie is like seeing Bogie alive again.

The story opens at a plastic surgeon's office. The gauze wrappings are removed from our hero's face; he sits in front of a TV that's showing the last scene of THE MALTESE FALCON. As the surgically-created Bogart examines his visage in the mirror with a characteristic twitch, we hear Bogie's famous "you're going over/because you're partners" soliloquy coming from the nearby television.

"Bogart's Face" is packed with references to classic cinema, both spoken and visually. The climactic house of mirrors shootout in Orson Welles' THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI is reenacted at Hollywood's famous Wax Museum. Sacchi's character, hard-boiled detective Sam Marlow, talks incessantly about old films. He'll do something, like throw a sword into the ceiling, and then remark: "Tyrone Power did that in THE MARK OF ZORRO.

Michelle Phillips is the woman private eye Marlow is obsessed with. He thinks of her as Gene Tierney in LAURA, in fact, he even calls her Laura one time by mistake. Marlow drives an early 40s sedan and lives in a trench coat (naturally).

Actors in the film represent those from Bogart classics, such as Victor Buono playing Sidney Greenstreet and Herbert Lom as Peter Lorre. Additionally there are old-time stars sprinkled throughout in cameos: George Raft, Yvonne DeCarlo, Mike Mazurki and Henry Wilcoxon.

In one scene, Sacchi is a stunning Bogie in his sparkling white dinner jacket. Experiencing this film is like seeing the Bogart movie that never was. I highly recommend it!

For another modern take on Humphrey Bogart, check out Woody Allen's PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM-- the 1972 adaptation of Allen's Broadway show. In this one, the Bogart impressionist is Jerry Lacy."
Enjoyable and lightweight...
Leslie Karen Rigsbey | WOOD RIVER, IL USA | 06/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Andy Fenaday's scipt follows self-employed detective (Scacchi, who's incredible) as he gets wrapped up in a MALTESE FALCON-type mystery. Heavy doses of amusing dialog, crammed with old movie references, this movie is better than FLETCH. A lot of fun and worth repeated viewings. A must for movie buffs. Good family viewing, with older kids. Rated PG for profanity, violence, and mild sexual innuendo."
The man with bogart's face
John H Davis | College Park, Maryland | 05/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For me, this was a thoroughly enjoyable movie. If you're a Bogart fan and enjoy playing name that tune, you'll see references throughout this one. Set in Los Angeles, it starts out with this Bogie look alike driving through the suburban streets in a trench coat and hat, as though in much colder San Francisco. It has exactly the humor that appeals to me and should appeal to many other viewers. Border line politically incorrect at places, it should be viewed not with the expectation that it will be a thriller like one of the Sam Spade series, but with the realization that it is meant to be a lighthearted tribute to Humphry Bogart. I believe that Lauren Bacall would approve heartily."