The Grasshopper


1h 35m 1970

Brief Synopsis

Christine Adams, at 19, leaves her small town in British Columbia to follow her boy-friend to L.A., where he works for a bank, to live with him and have babies. He's not keen on a baby right away, so she gets bored and heads for Las Vegas where she talks her way into a job as a show girl. Friendships sustain her in this day-by-day life, and one of those friendships, with NFL great Tommy Marcott who's now the glorified greeter at a casino, blossoms into a marriage. Tommy loses his job after beating a man who assaults Chris, so they head for L.A. There tragedy strikes, and there's no place left for her but Vegas and prostitution. Are redemption and fulfillment possible on the Strip?

Film Details

Also Known As
Angel
MPAA Rating
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 May 1970
Production Company
National General Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
National General Pictures Corporation
Country
United States
Location
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States; Utah, United States; British Columbia, Canada
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Passing of Evil by Mark McShane (London, 1961).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

Bored, 19-year-old Christine Adams leaves her home in British Columbia and journeys to Los Angeles to join her old boyfriend, Eddie. Forced to hitchhike when her car breaks down in Utah, she is picked up by nightclub comedian Danny Raymond, who takes her to Las Vegas. In spite of her attraction to the city, Christine follows through with her original plan but soon becomes bored with the rather unexciting Eddie and her own mundane bank teller's job. She returns to Las Vegas, becomes a hotel showgirl, and meets such new friends as homosexual chorus boy Buck Brown, rock musician Jay Rigney, and Tommy Marcott, a black ex-football star who does promotional work for the same hotel. Christine and Tommy get married, but their happiness is marred by Tommy's realization that his job merely exploits his past. Christine accepts an invitation to the room of tycoon Rosie Dekker in the hopes that he can advance her husband's career. Dekker beats her brutally when she refuses his advances, and Tommy later retaliates by assaulting Dekker on the golf course. Christine and Tommy then move to Los Angeles and look for new jobs; but Christine tires of domesticity and writes a farewell note to her husband. As she prepares to leave, Tommy is murdered by one of Dekker's associates. Afterwards Christine begins to use drugs heavily. She returns to Las Vegas, but Dekker's blackballing prevents her from finding work, and she becomes first a high-priced call girl and then mistress to millionaire Richard Morgan, who wants to marry her. She takes up with her old friend Jay and permits him to pimp for her, in hopes of earning enough money to purchase a ranch where they can live happily forever. In time, Jay absconds with their large bankroll. Now completely alone and with no hopes for the future, Christine gets stoned on marijuana and entices a skywriter to write the work "fuck" in the air. Arrested and booked by the police, Christine, now 22 years old, has the haggard, down-and-out appearance of one who has been through it all.

Film Details

Also Known As
Angel
MPAA Rating
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 May 1970
Production Company
National General Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
National General Pictures Corporation
Country
United States
Location
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States; Utah, United States; British Columbia, Canada
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Passing of Evil by Mark McShane (London, 1961).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Film contains location footage of Utah and Las Vegas. Working title: Angel.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States March 1979

Released in United States on Video December 14, 1988

Released in United States Spring May 1970

Released in United States March 1979 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (FilmEssay: Misappreciated American Films) March 14-30, 1979.)

Released in United States Spring May 1970

Released in United States on Video December 14, 1988