The Manipulator (1971)
B.J. Lang Presents
Nomination Year: 2012
SYNOPSIS: B.J. Lang (Mickey Rooney) was a director, but now he's crazy. I mean seriously, totally, chew-the-rug, weasel-fuck insane. He's kidnapped a girl (we assume) and is now making her perform...but not in the way you're probably thinking: On stage, in a demented production of his own mind. I'm not sure what part I'd consider the highlight of this film. Maybe it was the 4-minute orgy with the baby. Maybe it was her running and spinning for 4 minutes amid the string quartet in the meat-packing plant. Maybe it was a drunk Keenan Wynn getting run through by a rapier. Maybe it was the fact that Rooney spends about 90% of the movie in a huge Cyrano nose and most of the rest in drag.
- "Wanna Run That By Me Again?"
To Hell with Marilyn's Eyes: My Eyes! My Eyes!
Just when you thought it couldn't get creepier. Mickey in makeup. Is this the new Big Gus? Maybe almost. I wish I hadn't watched this before bed. Not even 18 hours before.
Still Think I'm Exaggerating?
Keenan dies. She runs through a non-existent meat locker and spin-dances with a string quartet.
- Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame Mickey Rooney Keenan Wynn Son of famous old-time comic Ed Wynn, was the villian in some Disney films (like Herbie Rides Again and The Shaggy D.A.); voiced the Winter Warlock in Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Director Claim to Fame Yabo Yablonsky also wrote The Manipulator -- this is the only film he directed
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