On Election Day, 1968, a hairdresser and ladies' man is too busy cutting hair and dealing with his various girlfriends and his mistress, whose husband he meets and finds out is having an affair with his ex-girlfriend.

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Hal Ashby
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Beatty ... George
Julie Christie ... Jackie
Goldie Hawn ... Jill
Lee Grant ... Felicia
Jack Warden ... Lester
Tony Bill ... Johnny Pope
George Furth ... Mr. Pettis
Jay Robinson ... Norman
Ann Weldon Ann Weldon ... Mary
Luana Anders ... Devra
Randy Scheer Randy Scheer ... Dennis
Susanna Moore Susanna Moore ... Gloria
Carrie Fisher ... Lorna
Mike Olton Mike Olton ... Ricci
Richard E. Kalk Richard E. Kalk ... Detective Younger
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Thirty-something George Roundy is a Beverly Hills hairdresser, who spends as much time sleeping with his female clients as he does doing their hair. Whether they want to admit it, all the women in his life are for the most part aware that they are are not the only one with whom he is sleeping. And some, such as the wealthy and married Felicia Karpf, have a stronger emotional dependence on George than they would like to admit. George's current girlfriend is Jill, an up and coming actress. Jill's best friend is Jackie Shawn, one of George's old girlfriends who left him because he couldn't make a true commitment to her. In turn, Jackie is currently having an affair with Lester Karpf, Felicia's wealthy businessman husband. George is unhappy working at a salon owned by Norman, with whom he is constantly butting heads. In his first act of wanting finally to be a grown up, George wants to open his own salon, but doesn't have the financial resources to do it, and no bank will lend him money ... Written by Huggo

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In a town where anything goes, everything does in this funny bedroom farce. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds was reportedly none too pleased with the sexual frankness of the part her daughter had in the film. See more »

Goofs

While in the bank at beginning of movie, you can clearly see a 1972 Ford Torino through the storefront glass window. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Shawn: Who does he think I am? Some cigar that he's got between his teeth?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, horror film producer/actor William Castle is billed as "Bill Castle," but in the end credits he is back to "William Castle." See more »

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References Born Free (1966) See more »

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Yesterday
(1965) (uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Background music at the restaurant
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The Country Wife
25 July 2003 | by casper-12See all my reviews

Beatty says he approached Towne to do a modern version of the classic restoration comedy called The Country Wife (hilarious by the way). In the original play, the hero beds all the wives by confessing to their husbands that he's impotent so the husbands make fun of him and think nothing of leaving their frustrated and underappreciated wives in his care.

Here in the updated "Shampoo", Beatty and Towne make the hero an assumed-to-be-gay hairdresser (instead of impotent)and the results are inspired bedroom farce mixed with social satire.

Younger viewers may find the film a little dated but it was a "period" film when it was made (set in 68 when it was shot in 74) so Ashby consciously gave it that dated look. For me this and Heaven Can Wait are Beatty's best work. Walks a fine comic/tragic line. And this really feels like the closest character to Beatty's heart. It was after this that I went back and saw Splendor in the Grass and began to appreciate Beatty as an actor rather than just a gigolo celebrity.

Great dialogue by Towne, Jack Warden's hilarious and Julie Christie is stunning.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shampoo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$49,407,734

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,407,734
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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