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The Bobo is a 1967 British comedy film starring Peter Sellers and co-starring his then-wife Britt Ekland.

The Bobo
Original movie poster for the film The Bobo.jpg
film poster
Directed byRobert Parrish
Peter Sellers (uncredited)
Produced byJerry Gershwin
Elliott Kastner
Written byNovel:
Burt Cole
David R. Schwartz
StarringPeter Sellers
Britt Ekland
Rossano Brazzi
Adolfo Celi
Music byFrancis Lai
CinematographyGerry Turpin
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Warner Bros. Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 28 September 1967 (1967-09-28) (U.S.)[1][2]
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$3 million[3]

Based on the 1959 novel Olimpia by Burt Cole, also known as Thomas Dixon, Sellers is featured as the would-be singing matador, Juan Bautista. A theater manager offers to give him a big break if he seduces the beautiful Olimpia (Ekland) and spends an hour in her apartment with the lights off. The plot centers on Juan's attempts to woo the woman and famously includes Sellers covered in blue dye as the "Blue Matador."




Critical receptionEdit

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "after sitting dutifully through it, I can tell you what a bobo is. It's a booboo—and that goes not only for the title character, played by a strangely lackluster Mr. Sellers, but also for the film."[6] whereas Richard Schickel writing in Time said, "There comes a time in the life of every screen comedian when he urgently feels the need to have the adjective 'Chaplinesque' applied to his work. It is a dangerous moment, with the pitfall of pretentiousness yawning on one side, sentimentality on the other and all the psychological hazards of overreaching buzzing in the back of the mind. It is a pleasure to report that Peter Sellers - that excellent fellow - has not only endured this trial but has mostly prevailed over it."[7] but Tony Sloman in the Radio Times, although praising Hattie Jacques performance and the locations, concluded, "It's not very funny."[8]


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  2. ^ "The Bobo (1967), a film by Robert Parrish; starring Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Rossano Brazzi, Adolfo Celi, Hattie Jacques and Ferdy Mayne".
  3. ^ Hannan, Brian (2016). Coming Back to a Theater Near You: A History of Hollywood Reissues, 1914-2014. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., pg. 178, ISBN 978-1-4766-2389-4.
  4. ^ Billboard - 2 sept. 1967 - Page 43 Francis Lai, composer of "A Man and a Woman," has come up with another melodical score in Peter Sellers ... With Sammy Cahn's lyrics, the Mexican-oriented music includes vocals and instrumental of the title song, "Imagine" and "The Blue Matador."
  5. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures 0520209702 1997 Songs: "Imagine," "The Song of the Blue Matador" Francis Lai, Sammy Cahn
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  7. ^ "The Bobo (1967) - Articles -". Turner Classic Movies.
  8. ^ "The Bobo – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.

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