Cry Baby Killer

A teenage boy (Jack Nicholson in his feature film debut) panics and takes hostages when he thinks he's committed murder.
Justus Addiss
Jack NicholsonHarry LauterLynn Cartwright
English [CC]
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Brett Halsey
Roger CormanDavid KramarskyDavid March
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3.1 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Solid Effort for the time
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The theme music alone is worth it. And the story line reflects a lot of different social angst around and about teenagers. One thing that is pretty great is the discovery of a whole date rape drug scheme called a "setup" that the owner of the hangout arranges for guys. This gives us a clue that the character's effort to get Carole away from Manny are more than just possessiveness.
Frequent-ReaderReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
It made me cry....from the wierdness
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Pretty standard 1960s teenage thrill flick...except for the off handed philosophy yammer from the waitress. Thank goodness it is not fraught with psycho-babble regarding the teenage angst. However, that is replaced with misogynistic rants like "his girlfriend made him do it!" Women have those evil powers over weak minded men, I guess. Overall, typical teeny beany nonsense. It was fun to see Jack Nicholson at such a young age. My daughter couldn't believe it was him, having only seen him in films like "As Good as It Gets." We do change as we age (smile).
Not on medsReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Who knows Jack?
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If one happens to be curious about the two earliest movies a very young Jack Nicholson performed in, both of which I thought were not bad at all in their own right as somewhat off-beat B flics (Little Shop of Horrors is a riot), then their value is assured. Great to see the future master at work in his craft. Yep, not bad at all.
Laughing GravyReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars
Do NOT waste your money on this DVD. Phooey!
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After all these years, we finally receive an "official" release of Roger Corman's wonderful LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) -- and Jack Nicholson's film debut is thrown in, too! Wonderful!

Or so I thought. The disc arrived today, and was sent back today. It's COLORIZED. Yep. And no option for B&W, either. Ya wanna watch LITTLE SHOP, you have to see it with that crappy computer color that makes everybody look embalmed. My new choice for WORST DVD OF THE YEAR. What a MASSIVE disappointment.

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kdReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Would have been 1 star if not for the 5 star scene at around 40 minutes in.
Kung FuReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars
Some Good News, Some Bad News
When I preordered the Jack to Jack edition, the box did not proclaim LSOH colorization. Upon receipt I considered sending it back unopened. Actually, I'm glad I didn't. Cry Baby Killer is a reasonable entertainment that has quite devious and anti-establishment observations about most of the cast, who represent various factions of society. Though rather stage bound (only three major sets - bar, storeroom, and outside the bar and storeroom), this is overcome with good camera angles and extraneous business from cops, relatives, onlookers, hot dog vendors, and especially the tv crew. I came away considering it a cheap but effective rip/tribute of Billy Wilder's Ace In the Hole/The Big Carnival. And Jack Nicholson's part as a young, inexperienced and confused youth comes accross as young, inexperienced, and confused. Lots to chew on here, such as who is untimately to blame for the situation. On to LSOH, though I loathe colorization, this particular film, being also very stage bound does get some advantage from the color - Audrey Junior looks much more alien all green with cotton candy interior. Audrey Senior and the hooker are better eye candy as well. Would have been a superior package with the B&W LSOH, but I suspect the change was made to challenge the Legends colorized release product. Overall, I'm happy with it.
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larryj1Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
The only reason to get this is for "Cry Baby Killer" and it was great except for the full frame presentation. I refuse to watch "Little Shop" because of the disgraceful colorization of someone's work. Would have preferred one of Nicholson's other early films in a good print.
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Lara A.Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars
What is this?
Okay, first of all, this should be a "Little Shop of Horrors - Special Edition" with "Cry Baby Killer" as an added bonus feature. And "L.S. or H." should be in black-and-white as it was filmed. This is disgraceful, and I hope Buena Vista refrains from messing up any more Corman titles in the future.
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