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Year of the Yahoo!

USA 1972
produced by
Herschell Gordon Lewis for International Arts
directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
starring Claude King, Ronna Riddle, Ray Sager, Robert Jolly, Terrell Cass, Jeffrey Allen, Tom Lytel, Robert Swain, Robert Pearson, Leslie Slater, Barbara Hamilton, Daniel Krogh, Marguerite Sibiski, Toni Telo, Roberto Rivas, Donald Peterson, Hal Pratt
screenplay by Allen Kahn, music by Herschell Gordon Lewis (as Sheldon Seymour)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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This year, gouvernor Baxter (Jeffrey Allen) wants to see that a man of his party will make the run for senate against the dry but competent & liberal senator Burwell (Robert Swain), so the president has sent him 3 campaign advisors, Sid, Ed & Chet (Ray Sager, Terrell Cass, Robert Jolley), who have run many a successful campaign, & have a few ideas of their own, like letting country singer Hank Jackson (Claude King) run on their ticket ...

That Jackson does not have the first idea of politics or that he, in his private life likes to mingle with hippies & smooke the occasional reefer doesn't matter, to the audience he's the cleancut all-American boy who can give simple answers to complex questions - even if the answers do originate 100 percent from his campaign managers, but People don't vote for issues. Soon Jackson finds himself promoting right-wing ideas & opposing the (rightful) strikers of the rent-strike who protest for betterliving conditions in their appartments should they be expected to pay their rents. & instead of discussing the topic in one of his tv-specials he every now & again breaks into a song (written by his campaign managers). Before long, the surveys have Jackson in the lead ...

His girlfriend Tammy (Ronna Riddle) grows increasingly disappointed with him, as he betrays everything he has formerly believed in, breaks up with him & joins the rent strikers ... until one night leaving the strikers she is brutally beaten up & raped. Sid, Ed & Chet see this as a great opportunity to use in their campaign for Jackson (even if it wasn't the rent strikers but a bunch of conservatives who attacked her & who might be on the campaigns payroll), but finally Jackson sees through their unscrupulous methods of fabricating politics & throws them out. He continues campaigning on his own though, but now teams up with the stirikers & tries to win with his own liberal ideas ... but tthe voters soon have no idea of what Jackson might really stand for & he loses ...

For the campaigners though it was just another job, & they might meet again at the next presidential elections - but possibly on opposite sides.


A political satire done the exploitation movie way, painted in broad strokes, with a bunch of cheap gags thrown in but also the occasional moment of greatness, & more than a grain of truth worked into the story. Atually the film has amazing parallels to the 2004 American presidential elections, with John Kerry, the dry but competent liberal running against George W.Bush, who has little ideas of politics but gives simple answers to complex questions, even if his answers are mostly wrong - unfortunately though, life is not a film & George W.Bush did not see the light before it was too late ... and even worse, he got elected too ...

In 1991, actor Tim Robbins made his directorial debut with the excellent political satire Bob Roberts, a story about a conservative countrysinger running for office by giving simple answers to complex questions. & while Bob Roberts is no doubt more subtle & more sophisticated than Year of the Yahoo, the similarities between the 2 movies do not end here & are too close for coincidence.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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