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  • 2.3
Over a booze-fueled, increasingly hectic five-day shoot in East Hampton, Norman Mailer and his cast and crew spontaneously unloaded onto film the lurid and loony chronicle of U.S. presidential candidate and filmmaker Norman T. Kingsley debating and attacking his hangers-on and enemies. This gonzo narrative becomes something like a documentary on its own making when costar Rip Torn breaks the fourth wall in one of cinema's most alarming on-screen outbursts.

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I can't fathom why Criterion would put this rubbish out. Just because Norman Mailer's name is on it? I guess it has some value as a historical document. "Armies of the Night" was a great book (the only Mailer I've read, I confess), but if you want entertainment, look up Mailer's appearance on Dick Cavett with Gore Vidal on youtube.

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yeah 1 1/2_ i was hoping to like it_i thought it might be cool or interesting_i'm not a Mailer fan_but i was hoping for some kind of intelligence or brilliance in this_well it's all pretty stupid_i like the girls_and sometimes it's visually cool_but dumb rules in this "film" and the Rip Thorn thing is just insane_what an asshole_mostly all a bad joke

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(between you and I, I think Rip Torn won the fight)