Mickey One

Rated NR 93 minutes 1965

This 1964 film is so obscure that contemporary critics dismissed it as a colossal bit of self-indulgence by director Arthur Penn and star Warren Beatty. Scripted by Alan Surgal, it's a variation on Kafka's The Trial, with Beatty as a second-rate nightclub comic on the run from a nameless threat (which may or may not involve the syndicate and some gambling debts). Quintessential Penn, far easier to read now than it was then, and even funny in spots.

Film Credits

Director: Arthur Penn

Writer: Alan Surgal

Producer: John G. Avildsen, Arthur Penn and Harrison Starr

Cast: Warren Beatty, Hurd Hatfield and Alexandra Stewart

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