Shampoo (1975) Written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty. Directed by Hal Ashby.
Julie Christie as Jackie Shawn and Warren Beatty and George Roundy 

Jackie: Are you really serious about the shop?
George
: Are you serious about Lester?
Jackie
: I asked you first.
George: No, I’m never serious about anything. (Pointing to her car) How long you had this?
Jackie: About six weeks.
George: Well, I won’t be going tonight either.
Jackie: Oh, honey. Please don’t be pissed off…
George: Does he know we went together?
Jackie: Well, no. It never came up.
George: Well, tell him we went together, then I’ll take you.
Jackie: There’s not one girl who comes into that shop you wouldn’t do this for, is there?
George: I’m not gonna be a beard for you and this guy.
Jackie: Why? Is it against your principles?
George: Yeah!
Jackie: I’d like to know what you’ve been doing with his wife to get the money for the shop…
George: Oh yeah? I don’t fuck anybody for money. I do it for fun.

7 Responses to “Shampoo (1975)”

  1. My favorite Asbys are BEING THERE and HAROLD AND MAUDE, but this dialogue-friendly piece is always worthy of showcasing!

  2. part of the reason I also really like The Long Goodbye is the sliver of LA life in the 1970s that fascinates me, so that’s one of the draws for me to Shampoo.

    Plus, I’ve decided my ultimate unattainable goal in life is to be Warren Beatty in the 1970s.

  3. At the time of its release, Shampoo enjoyed considerable success with critics and AMPAS — I”m not sure about its box office. What it had going for it was the Beatty mystique, of course, plus Christie, a Beatles-heavy soundtrack, an LA-centric setting, and of course Lee Grant, who finally was getting some love after her political problems during the McCarthy era.

    And if you wanna channel Warren, Craig, it’s not to soon to start taking mineral supplements to fortify yourself.

  4. Craig can mix them supplements into his bourbon.

  5. I remember when I was a kid my parents seeing this with their friends and kind of tittering about it. These were people of a generation before the 60s so the world of George Roundy was something of a mystery to them. But I distinctly recall Shampoo having a pop-cultural moment.

    Being of that moment I think is partly what makes it work today. It’s dated in a way, but it’s sort of a time capsule.

    Lee Grant was wonderful. She might actually be my favorite among the group of great actors and performances in the film.

    Haha Sartre. Bourbon does not need to be supplemented except with maybe a little sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters

  6. tittering about it.

    I suppose the best example that comes to mind is Julie Christie’s “I want to suck your cock” moment.

  7. (blush!)

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