The Day of the Locust (1975) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
7.0/ 10 (2901 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Long Road
Paramount Pictures [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 7 May 1975
(France) - 22 August 1975
(Denmark) - 6 November 1975
(West Germany) - 7 November 1975
(Netherlands) - 15 January 1976

Running Time

By train. By car. By bus. They came to Hollywood... In search of a dream. It happenend in Hollywood. But it could have happened in hell.

1930s, accountant, actor, actress, adding-machine, african-american, alcoholic, androgyny, apartment, architectural-accident, art-director, artist, assistant-director, bar, barber, barber-shop, barbershop, bare-breasts, based-on-novel, bathtub, battle, beaten-to-death, beating, beverly-hills-california, blood,

Technical Support
LAB:Movielab, USA - (prints)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Atherton, William as [Tod Hackett] <4>
  2. Baldwin, Bill (II) as [Announcer at Premiere] <52>
  3. Barty, Billy as [Abe Kusich] <10>
  4. Berns, Wally K. as (as Wally Berns) [Theatre Manager] <51>
  5. Carlson, Robert Jon as (uncredited) [Actor]
  6. Castle, William as (as William C. Castle) [Director] <35>
  7. Childress, Alvin as [Butler] <24>
  8. Cortland, Nicholas as [Projectionist] <23>
  9. Covan, DeForest as (as De Forest Covan) [Shoe Shine Boy] <39>
  10. Dugan, Dennis (I) as [Apprentice] <43>
  11. Dunsford, Brent as (uncredited) [Fan]
  12. Dysart, Richard as [Claude Estee] <6>
  13. Fogel, Jerry as [Apprentice] <42>
  14. Haley, Jackie Earle as (as Jackie Haley) [Adore] <11>
  15. Hillerman, John as [Ned Grote] <34>
  16. Hines, Grainger as [French Lt.] <38>
  17. Holt, Bob (I) as [Tour Guide] <45>
  18. Hopkins, Bo as [Earle Shoop] <7>
  19. Jabara, Paul as [Nightclub Entertainer] <46>
  20. Kidd, Jonathan as [Undertaker] <49>
  21. Ladd, David as [Apprentice] <44>
  22. Leavitt, Norman as (as Norm Leavitt) [Mr. Odlesh] <14>
  23. Meredith, Burgess as [Harry Greener] <3>
  24. Paul, Byron as [Guest] <25>
  25. Pine, Robert (I) as [Apprentice] <41>
  26. Powell Jr., Dick as [Dick Powell] <53>
  27. Price, Roger (I) as [Guest] <27>
  28. Quinn, Michael (I) as [Major Domo] <40>
  29. Ragland, Robert O. as [Guest] <29>
  30. Rose, Wally as [2nd Asst. Director] <37>
  31. Scheiwiller, Fred as [1st Asst. Director] <36>
  32. Serna, Pepe as [Miguel] <8>
  33. Solms, Kenny as [Boy in Chapel] <50>
  34. Stewart, Paul (I) as [Helverston] <33>
  35. Sutherland, Donald (I) as [Homer Simpson] <1>
  36. Trankina, Vince as (uncredited) [Looter]
  37. War Eagle, John as [The Gingos] <19>
  38. Baker, Virginia (I) as [Guest] <26>
  39. Black, Karen (I) as [Faye Greener] <2>
  40. Coleman, Ann (I) as [Girl] <31>
  41. Goldoni, Lelia as [Mary Dove] <9>
  42. Gould, Ina as [Lee Sisters] <16>
  43. Greene, Angela as [Guest] <28>
  44. Greshler, Abbey as [Guest] <30>
  45. Harris, Arlene (I) as (uncredited) [Aging bar customer]
  46. Hoffman, Jane (I) as [Mrs. Odlesh] <13>
  47. Jenkins, Margaret (I) as [Choral Director] <48>
  48. Kennedy, Madge as [Mrs. Johnson] <15>
  49. Lake, Florence as [Lee Sisters] <17>
  50. LeRoy, Gloria as (as Gloria Le Roy) [Mrs. Loomis] <12>
  51. Page, Geraldine as [Big Sister] <5>
  52. Roland, Gyl as [Girl] <32>
  53. Schafer, Natalie as [Audrey Jennings] <20>
  54. Smith, Queenie as [Palsied Lady] <47>
  55. Stroock, Gloria as [Alice Estee] <21>
  56. Talbot, Nita as [Joan] <22>
  57. Willey, Margaret (I) as [The Gingos] <18>


  1. Drama
  2. Thriller

Full Plot

Life's flotsam and jetsam turn up at late 1930's Holloywoodland's door, once more, in this insightful tale of wannabes and desperadoes. Tod Hackett, artist, has inspirations to become noticed until he meets Faye Greener, blonde bombshell, and is immediately smitten. She has other ideas. She has Homer Simpson, victim, in her sights and cruelty and loneliness takes new meaning as all three are slowly sucked into the Hollywood system of sycophants, liggers and parasites, sucking the life from others as the life, and soul, is slowly sucked from them. Cinema_Fan Tod Hackett, fresh out of Yale, wants to make it as an art director in late 1930's Hollywood - but he finds himself increasingly distracted by his new neighbor Faye, a would-be starlet with possible designs of her own on a lonely, morose accountant. As Tod is drawn deeper into the lurid private lives of studio bosses and film industry workers, he gradually becomes desperate to know if Faye - or anyone - is capable of real love. scgary66 Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 147,222 (Hungary) CP: Long Road Productions

Movie Certificate

16 (Netherlands)
-12 (France)
R18 (New Zealand)
M/16 (Portugal)
16 (Argentina)
16 (Germany)(DVD rating)
K-16 (Finland)
16 (Norway)
M18 (Singapore)
15 (Sweden)
18 (UK)
16 (West Germany)(f) (w)
MA (Australia)

Music Composers

  1. Barry, John (I)


  1. Hall, Conrad L. (as Conrad Hall)

Dress Designers

  1. Roth, Ann (I)


Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2004) (Argentina) (DVD)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2004) (Argentina) (VHS)
CIC Vídeo [br] - (19??) (Brazil) (VHS)
Cinema International Corporation (CIC) [nl] - (1976) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Cinema Internazional Corporation [de] - (1975) (West Germany) (theatrical)
Ciné-Tamaris/Paramount Home Video [fr] - (2006) (France) (DVD)
Paramount Filmes do Brasil [br] - (2004) (Brazil) (DVD)
Paramount Home Entertainment [de] - (2004) (Germany) (DVD)
Paramount Home Entertainment [gb] - (2004) (UK) (DVD)
Paramount Home Entertainment [nl] - (2004) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Paramount Home Video [us] - (1998) (USA) (VHS)
Paramount Home Video [us] - (2004) (USA) (DVD)
Paramount Pictures [us] - (1975) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Clark, Jim (I)


  1. Beasley, Noreen (assistant: Dan Perri) (uncredited)
  2. Bernstein, Sam (I) (controller) (uncredited)
  3. Champion, Marge (dance supervisor)
  4. Childers, Michael (I) (production associate)
  5. Clark, Melissa (VI) (secretary to producer) (uncredited)
  6. Geiger, Charles W. (location manager) (uncredited)
  7. Hale Wookey, Karen (script supervisor) (as Karen Wookey)
  8. Laine, Joanie (accounting clerk) (uncredited)
  9. Martinez, Ruben (II) (craft service) (uncredited)
  10. Maslansky, Michael (unit publicist)
  11. Perri, Dan (I) (title designer)
  12. Raglan, Jane (secretary to director) (uncredited)
  13. Shedlo, Ronald (presenter)
  14. Spitz, Barbara (I) (production secretary) (uncredited)
  15. Strangman, Joanne W. (teacher) (uncredited)
  16. Weintraub, Bruce (production assistant)
  17. Winer, Harry (observer: AFI)


Claude Estee: Sometimes I wonder what we're doing here... grown men making mud pies to sell to the great unwashed. Homer Simpson: Oh, Lord, forgive me for harboring such unworthy thoughts, but sometimes I wish I could tear it all down! Abe Kusich: I drank bootleg better than this! [first lines] Mrs. Odlesh: It isn't as splashy as some other places, but we pride ourselves on being a little classier. Tod Hackett: [referring to a large crack in the plaster wall] Hmmm, the crack's real. Mrs. Odlesh: Oh yes. We call this our earthquake cottage. Mrs. Porter had occupancy then. During the big one in '33. Property damage ran into the millions. Tod Hackett: Will you fix it if I stayed for a while? Mrs. Odlesh: Oh no! No! This is our showplace. Mrs. Porter wouldn't let us touch that wall. She worked that sampler herself to cover over the hole. Alrighty. I hope you'll be very happy here. Tod Hackett: Thank you. Abe Kusich: What the hell are you laughing at you fugitive from Western Costume. Abe Kusich: Come on. Anybody comin'? Let's get out of here. Let's go to a cat-house. Announcer at Premiere: Good evening ladies and gentlemen in radioland. We're speaking to you from the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater here in Hollywood, California where tonight thousands upon thousands of people have gathered to pay their respects to the great showman Cecil B. DeMille and the world premiere of THE BUCCANEER, starring Fredric March, Anthony Quinn, Douglass Dumbrille, Walter Brennan, Beulah Bondi, you name 'em we've got them in this great picture here tonight. Homer Simpson: [introducing himself] Simpson, Homer Simpson.

Other Titles

  1. Der Tag der Heuschrecke (1975) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  2. Il giorno della locusta (1975) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. 1240 Cerro Crest Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA - (bordello)
  2. Beverly Hills, California, USA
  3. Cerro Crest Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA
  4. Ennis-Brown House - 2655 Glendower Avenue, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, USA - (house of movie producer)
  5. Grauman's Chinese Theater - 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA - (premiere)
  6. Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  7. Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
  8. Hollywood Palladium - 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  9. Hollywood Sign, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  10. Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  11. Inglewood, California, USA
  12. Los Angeles, California, USA
  13. Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, USA
  14. Mausoleum of the Golden West, Inglewood Park Cemetery - 720 Florence Avenue, Inglewood, California, USA
  15. Paramount Studios - 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA - (studio)
  16. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  17. Whitley Avenue, Whitley Heights, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  18. Whitley Heights, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
  19. Whitley Terrace, Whitley Heights, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA


- 'Goldie Hawn' (qv) turned down the role of Faye Greener.

- Although 'Donald Sutherland (I)' (qv) is given top billing in this film, he does not appear for the first 42 minutes.

- 'Malcolm McDowell' (qv) was asked to play a major role.

- 'Betty Field' (qv) was originally cast in the role of Big Sister but died shortly before filming began. 'Geraldine Page' (qv) replaced her.

- The character 'Dick Powell (I)' (qv) in the movie is portrayed by his son 'Dick Powell Jr.' (qv)

- 'Red Skelton' (qv), 'James Cagney' (qv) and 'Edward Albert (I)' were possibles for key roles.

- The faith-healing evangelist Big Sister (played by 'Geraldine Page' (qv)) is based on 'Aimee Semple McPherson' (qv), a.k.a. Sister Aimee. Born in Canada, McPherson came to Hollywood in 1919, and founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. As depicted in the film, she was one of the first evangelists to use the new medium of radio to reach a widespread audience. In 1923, McPherson led the construction of Angelus Temple in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The temple, which still stands today, originally included two radio towers to broadcast her revival sermons. McPherson's