The Happening (1967 film)
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theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Elliot Silverstein|
|Produced by||Jud Kinberg|
|Written by||Frank R. Pierson
James O. Buchanan
Robert Walker Jr.
|Music by||Frank De Vol|
|Cinematography||Phillip H. Lathrop
|Edited by||Philip W. Anderson|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||March 1967|
|Running time||101 minutes|
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.
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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