|THE WEDDING PARTY (director/writer: Cynthia Munroe/Brian De Palma/Wilford Leach; screenwriters: Cynthia Munroe/Wilford Leach; cinematographer: Peter Powell; editor: Cynthia Munroe/Brian De Palma/Wilford Leach; music: John Herbert McDowell; cast: Jill Clayburgh (The Bride), Charles Pflugar (The Bridegroom), Valda Setterfield (Mrs. Fish), Ray McNally (Mr. Fish), Robert De Niro (Cecil ), Judy Thomas (Celeste), Jennifer Salt (Phoebe), Sue Ann Converse (Nancy), Lohn Quinn (Baker), Helmuth Pfluger (The Bridegroom's Father), William Finley (Alistair), John Braswell (Rev. Mr. Oldfield); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Cynthia Munroe/Brian De Palma/Wilford Leach; Oudine; (VidAmerica1969)|
|"Leaves little to celebrate."
by Dennis Schwartz
talky farcical comedy about the scary proposal of
marriage, using ad libs taped after the filming in
the hopes of gaining spontaneity. The low-budget b/w
film, weighing in at a budget of $43,000, is
directed and written by the youthful trio of Brian
De Palma ("Greetings"/"Sisters"/"The
Fury"), Cynthia Munroe (Brian's fellow college
student) and Wilford Leach (Brian's teacher). It
leaves little to celebrate, and the slight comedy
seems more forced than natural. This was De Palma's
first credit as a director. The forgettable pic also
presented the acting debuts of Jill
Clayburgh and Robert De Niro (both performances
were far from good). It was
filmed on Shelter Island, New York. The unknown cast
included professional actors and Sarah
Lawrence College workshop students. It lays there like
a less flashy The Graduate (1967).
Pflugar arrives by ferry at the Long
Island estate of his expected bride (Jill
Clayburgh) with his best friends William
Finley and Robert De Niro.
After meeting Jill's boorish family
he gets cold feet about marriage and tries haplessly
to get out of it.
Only for De Palma completists and avowed bachelors, and those into bad films that have some strange vibes going for it..
REVIEWED ON 9/12/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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