The Man with Bogart’s Face

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  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sam Marlow in “The Eyes of Alexander”, June 14, 2008
    Annie Van Auken (Planet Earth) –

    This review is from: The Man with Bogart’s Face (DVD)

    All Bogie fans, in fact ALL lovers of classics should see THE MAN WITH BOGART’S FACE. It stars Robert Sacchi, who is an uncanny double for Mr. B. in size, face, hair, mannerisms and voice. Watching him in this movie is like seeing Bogie alive again.

    The story opens at a plastic surgeon’s office. The gauze wrappings are removed from our hero’s face; he sits in front of a TV that’s showing the last scene of THE MALTESE FALCON. As the surgically-created Bogart examines his visage in the mirror with a characteristic twitch, we hear Bogie’s famous “you’re going over/because you’re partners” soliloquy coming from the nearby television.

    “Bogart’s Face” is packed with references to classic cinema, both spoken and visually. The climactic house of mirrors shootout in Orson Welles’ THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI is reenacted at Hollywood’s famous Wax Museum. Sacchi’s character, hard-boiled detective Sam Marlow, talks incessantly about old films. He’ll do something, like throw a sword into the ceiling, and then remark: “Tyrone Power did that in THE MARK OF ZORRO.

    Michelle Phillips is the woman private eye Marlow is obsessed with. He thinks of her as Gene Tierney in LAURA, in fact, he even calls her Laura one time by mistake. Marlow drives an early 40s sedan and lives in a trench coat (naturally).

    Actors in the film represent those from Bogart classics, such as Victor Buono playing Sidney Greenstreet and Herbert Lom as Peter Lorre. Additionally there are old-time stars sprinkled throughout in cameos: George Raft, Yvonne DeCarlo, Mike Mazurki and Henry Wilcoxon.

    In one scene, Sacchi is a stunning Bogie in his sparkling white dinner jacket. Experiencing this film is like seeing the Bogart movie that never was. I highly recommend it!

    For another modern take on Humphrey Bogart, check out Woody Allen’s PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM– the 1972 adaptation of Allen’s Broadway show. In this one, the Bogart impressionist is Jerry Lacy.

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Enjoyable and lightweight…, May 31, 2002
    Leslie Karen Rigsbey “Leslie Rigsbey” (WOOD RIVER, IL USA) –

    Andy Fenaday’s scipt follows self-employed detective (Scacchi, who’s incredible) as he gets wrapped up in a MALTESE FALCON-type mystery. Heavy doses of amusing dialog, crammed with old movie references, this movie is better than FLETCH. A lot of fun and worth repeated viewings. A must for movie buffs. Good family viewing, with older kids. Rated PG for profanity, violence, and mild sexual innuendo.

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A sweet bit of noir, May 10, 2001
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    Robert Sacchi attained minor celebrity in the 70′s and 80′s for his uncanny resemblance to Bogie and parlayed it into a career in TV commercials and cameo movie roles, most notably in Woody Allen’s PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM. This vehicle is built around his unique “gift.” It’s an unremarkable but highly likable send-up of the great private eye flicks from the 30′s and 40′s – its most obvious inspiration being THE MALTESE FALCON, but there are allusions to THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI and other classics as well.It is chock full of hard-boiled banter and shadowy frames and shadowy characters and probably would have been better shot in black and white to capture the true ambience and ambiguities of the originals it seeks to imitate.

    Same Marlowe is hired to find “the eyes of Alexander”, sapphire replicas of Alexander the Great’s eyes used in a bust of the conqueror, and during the search he runs into a snag of competing interests, all played by well-known character actors, Victor Buono and Herbert Lom among them. The plot, however, is superfluous, as it almost always is in detective films. The real point of the movie is to pay tribute to old time movie magic, and part of its fun is in the cameos. Apart from bit parts by the likes of George Raft, watch out for appearances by famed Hollywood reporters James Bacon and Robert Osborne as well (the latter now the host of cable’s Turner Classic Movies).

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