Hal Ashby (1975)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This one-time succès de scandale grossed more than $60 million at the box office in its day. While it is delightfully amoral, producer/co-writer/ star Warren Beatty never quite pulled his themes together. Nevertheless, there are striking moments, not least of which is Julie Christie's now classic appearance at a memorable dinner table. Nominated for four Oscars, it won one - best supporting actress for Lee Grant, who plays Beatty's married lover. The model for Beatty's crimper was widely believed to be Jon Peters, but was actually Jay Sebring who was killed in the Sharon Tate massacre, an event that's as forgotten now as the night on which Shampoo's action is set: 4 November 1968, the day Richard Nixon became president.


A charismatic Beverly Hills hairdresser with a regular girlfriend beds a string of beautiful women, while also chasing a rich married woman in the hope she will help him open his own salon. Unfortunately, he realises too late who and what he really wants during a sex-fuelled election-night party on the eve of Nixon's becoming president. Satirical comedy set in a 24-hour period in 1968, starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn.

Cast & Crew

George Roundy Warren Beatty
Jackie Shawn Julie Christie
Jill Goldie Hawn
Felicia Carr Lee Grant
Lorna Carr Carrie Fisher
Lester Carr Jack Warden
Norman Jay Robinson
Mr Pettis George Furth
Director Hal Ashby
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: Contains swearing, drug abuse, a sex scene, flashing images and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy