- Director:Richard Brooks
- Writer:Richard Brooks
- Cast:Warren Beatty,Goldie Hawn,Gert Fröbe
- Time:2h 1min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Warren Beatty||-||Joe Collins|
|Goldie Hawn||-||Dawn Divine|
|Gert Fröbe||-||Mr. Kessel|
|Arthur Brauss||-||Candy Man|
|Bob Herron||-||Bodyguard (as Robert Herron)|
|Klaus Schichan||-||Knifeman (as Klaus Tschichan)|
Actress Goldie Hawn has said of this movie: "It smelled like a hit. Warren [Beatty] and I in Germany, plotting a robbery from a bank, with me as a hooker. Richard Brooks directing. But it didn't work". Moreover, Hawn has also said of her characterization in this film: "It was a total bust," she said. "I didn't like my character or what I did with her. It was a totally unthought out, unconscious performance. I can't even look at the picture".
Gert Fröbe appears in this movie in a minor role as a bank manager. It is also one of his very few English-language roles without voice-over dubbing for his own voice. His character and casting is designed to connect with his screen persona from the James Bond film Auksapirštis (1964). As Auric Goldfinger in that movie, he was a villain who loved gold, had it as part of his personal artifacts and his scheme was to rob it from Fort Knox. In this movie, as Mr. Kessel, he is seen handling gold bars and his bank is the film's equivalent to Fort Knox.
This movie is one of few films where its title is represented by one only character i.e. $ [$ (1971)].
Star Goldie Hawn has admitted she's never seen this movie all the way through. Perhaps too busy working at the time to attend its premiere, she finally caught up with $ (1971) when it played on television. But she says it exhausted her patience and she shut it off at the half-way mark.
"The Candy Man" is an obvious reference to the notorious and then-currently-infamous young-boy-sodomist-and-murderer Dean Corll, whose practice of handing out sweets to teenage boys and children to gain their trust gave him this morbidly-charming nickname.
This movie was the third film for Goldie Hawn since her meteoric motion picture rise. Her first was Cactus Flower (1969), her second was the highly successful There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), with Peter Sellers, and Hawn was at the time this film was being made and released, scheduled to star in the film version of the Broadway hit comedy, Butterflies Are Free (1972), which became her next movie.
The film's $ (1971) title is pronounced "Dollars" which was the film's subtitle in parentheses on American movie posters. The picture is also known in some territories as "The Heist".
The most important set was located in the Kunsthalle, the popular art museum, situated in the heart of Hamburg. The museum's directors agreed to close a portion of the museum which was an ideal place to build a bank set director Richard Brooks required for a four week period. The construction and filming had to be accomplished without interrupting the flow of visitors to the art and sculpture displays, and was accomplished when a portion of the hall was partitioned and closed off from the main entrance. Under the careful guardianship of art director and scenic designer Guy Sheppard, a "bank" was built so real in appearance, that employees of the Dresdner Bank and the American Express Bank across the street delighted in visiting it, and talking about it. In addition to the set, the Kunsthalle Museum furnished offices for the company, as well as dressing rooms, wardrobe quarters, film storage, and a special editing room, where Brooks could view the company's day-to-day efforts on a screen larger than the usual movie.
Goldie Hawn arrived in Hamburg with her husband, Gus Trikonis, and her dog, Lamb Chop, several days before the start of filming. Hawn had taken a crash course in German at Berlitz and captivated Hamburg residents with her ability to express herself in their tongue. Miss Hawn, Academy Award winner with her debut performance in Cactus Flower (1969), also produced by this film's producer M.J. Frankovich, was able to order her meals and do her shopping in the leading stores and to converse with hotel employees and reporters in German.
Writer-director Richard Brooks first started writing the $ (1971) script in early 1970, after long periods of research into many facets of the story. Brooks was a stickler for facts and they had to be accurate. He knew from the beginning that the film could only be made in a European city, so with his capable assistant Tom Shaw, took off for a location recce inspection of foreign cities. They traveled to Vienna in Austria, Brussels in Belgium, Copenhagen in Denmark, and Hamburg in then West Germany. Finally. it was decided Hamburg had more to offer, scenically, as well as the colorful background needed for the colorful telling of a colorful story.
Goldie Hawn has said of her co-star Warren Beatty: We did become fast friends on that film. I looked upon him as a crazy older brother. I think we got along so well because our characters are alike in . . . oh, so many ways. But the big reason why we got along so well was that Warren was the first man who told me I was really smart. I was twenty-six, and I had never heard that before. Warren telling me that gave me a lot of confidence".
Reportedly, actors Goldie Hawn and Warren Beatty allegedly had a brief personal relationship around the time that this movie was made and released.
Gus Trikonis, Goldie Hawn's then husband, was engaged to create a film highlighting the film's shooting in Hamburg, as well as personalized stories involving the actors and the director.
Warren Beatty was a late arrival, delayed by a previous commitment in Vancouver, Canada, where he had completed a Robert Altman film with Julie Christie. Beatty came to Hamburg from London, and the first order of business was the shearing of the beard he had grown for his role in this movie, McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). Beatty also lost a mustache to the razor and he needed a new and shorter hairstyling. Ironically, both Christie and Beatty's co-star in $ (1971), Goldie Hawn, would all three later star in Shampoo (1975), a film related to hair and hairstyling.
The Hamburg, Germany wharves, warehouses on the docks, railroad station, churches, the Atlantic Hotel, the streets, the police radio and television rooms, the airport and other points of interest serve as locations and backgrounds for the film.
The movie features the Reeperbahn district of Hamburg, the latter of which was the third largest seaport in Europe, surpassed only by Rotterdam and London. It was famous for Europe s most wicked section, the Reeperbahn, where the nightlife begins in the morning at the cabarets, peep shows, dance halls, and movies that the motion picture code would rate XXX, if such a rating had existed at the time in its rules. Strippers is a mild description for performers who virtually are nude when they make their initial appearance. A special street, where no women visitors are permitted, was blocked off for prostitutes, who parade their wares for inspecting, prospective clients or merely for male "window" shoppers. Director Richard Brooks spent a week in this section of the city, filming inside and outside the Salambo cabaret, the most popular night spot on the Reeperbahn.
Producer M.J. Frankovich made the Kunsthalle museum's directors very happy when he presented them with two paintings, one "Hollywood Gardener" by David Hackney, an Englishman who made impressions of a visit to Los Angeles in 1966. The other, a sculptural object by Robert Graham, born in Mexico City and living in Los Angeles and London, was a typical example of art on the West Coast of the time. Graham visited the Kunsthalie shortly before the $ (1971) production began.
Andrea Passafiume at the TCMDb Turner Classics Movie website states: "During the course of filming, Warren Beatty suffered a serious injury during a particular scene involving a train. According to Peter Biskind [in his book 'Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America' (2010)], Beatty was nearly killed when he slipped from the train and fell onto the tracks below, leaving barely enough time to move out of the way of an oncoming freight train. Beatty's ankle was badly hurt as a result of the accident, and his recovery delayed the production two full days".
Horst Hesslein, the technical advisor, spent a number of years working for some of the Hamburg night spots and he knew almost every character in the Reeperbahn district. His home was actually in Hamburg.
According to the biography 'Pure Goldie: The Life and Career of Goldie Hawn' (1998) by 'Marc Shapiro', Goldie Hawn said of this film: "I thought it was going to be a big picture. It smelled like a hit". Hawn was very keen that the movie project of this picture would give her the chance to visit the European country of West Germany.
One of three cinema movie collaborations of actress Goldie Hawn and actor Warren Beatty. The films are $ (1971), Shampoo (1975), and Žmonos ir meilužes (2001).
Technical arrangements were made through Benderstorf Studios and further assistance was rendered by Darrell Armstrong, a graduate of the University of California, Berkley, with a law degree, who made his permanent home in Hamburg in Germany.
The major technicians were brought over from America and blended nicely with their German counterparts.
First of two consecutive back-to-back motion pictures where star Warren Beatty portrayed a character called "Joe" as this would be the nick-name of Beatty's Joseph Frady character in his then next movie The Parallax View (1974).