The Happening (1967 film)

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Not to be confused with The Happening (2008 film).
The Happening
theatrical release poster
Directed by Elliot Silverstein
Produced by Jud Kinberg
Written by Frank R. Pierson
James O. Buchanan
Ronald Austin
Starring Anthony Quinn
Michael Parks
George Maharis
Robert Walker Jr.
Martha Hyer
Faye Dunaway
Music by Frank De Vol
Cinematography Phillip H. Lathrop
Howard Winner
Edited by Philip W. Anderson
Horizon Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) March 1967 (1967-03)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Happening is a 1967 American comedy film starring Anthony Quinn, Michael Parks, George Maharis, Robert Walker Jr., Martha Hyer and Faye Dunaway and featuring Oscar Homolka, Jack Kruschen and Milton Berle that was released in March 1967 by Columbia Pictures. Produced by Jud Kinberg and directed by Elliot Silverstein, it is the story of four hippies who kidnap a retired Mafia mob boss named Roc Delmonico and hold him for ransom.

When none of his friends or family members will pay the ransom, Delmonico takes charge of his own kidnapping. Attempting to blackmail his relatives and associates, he raises his ransom to $3 million and demands that it be paid.

The movie is an anti-establishment film which questions the values of Middle America and the older generation.[citation needed]


Only a minor success as a film, The Happening is most notable today both as one of Faye Dunaway's earliest films and for its self-titled theme song. Recorded by The Supremes, "The Happening" became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when released as a single on the Motown label.

Another music piece, "The Fuzz," was used by several local area TV news programs in the United States and Canada in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and is still used by Brazil's Rede Globo national newscast Jornal Nacional.

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