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The Sweet Ride

The Sweet Ride
File:The Sweet Ride FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Harvey Hart
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Tom Mankiewicz
William Murray (novel)
Starring Anthony Franciosa
Michael Sarrazin
Jacqueline Bisset
Editing by Philip W. Anderson
Release date(s) June 12, 1968
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,935,000[1]
Box office $1.5 million (US/ Canada)[2][3]

The Sweet Ride (1968) is an American counter-culture drama with a few surfer/biker exploitation film elements. It stars Anthony Franciosa, Michael Sarrazin and Jacqueline Bisset in an early starring role. The film also features Bob Denver in the role of Choo-Choo, a Beatnik piano-playing draft dodger. Sarrazin and Bisset were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer, Male and Female respectively.

The Sweet Ride was directed by Harvey Hart and written by Tom Mankiewicz, based on a 1967 novel of the same name by William Murray (d. March 2005), a native of New York City, who had moved to southern California in 1966.


The story, told in flashbacks, concerns a middle-aged tennis bum (Franciosa) who shares a beach house with Sarrazin and Denver. Their carefree life becomes complicated, and later turns tragic, after they become involved with a mysterious young woman (Bisset) and a biker gang.

The San Francisco rock and roll band Moby Grape contributed to the soundtrack, and appeared, credited, in the film, performing the song "Never Again" in a Sunset Strip nightclub called the Tarantula. Other famous Sunset Strip locations include Gazzarri's and Scandia, as well as location filming in Malibu, according to reviews of the film.

Dusty Springfield sings "Sweet Ride" over the film's credits.



Jacqueline Bisset was cast on the basis of her short appearance in Two for the Road. By the time The Sweet Ride was released she had been cast in The Detective and Bullitt.

Tom Mankiewicz, who wrote the screenplay, later said the problem with the film was "it tried to touch all the bases at once: drama, comedy, porn, dropouts, surfing, true love, a touch a perversion, and the general malaise of 1960s young people. Frankie Avalon and Annette it definitely wasn't."[4]

Mankiewicz also says producer Joe Pasternak had suffered a stroke shortly before filming which impacted his effectiveness.[5]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TCM Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • The Video Beat!
  • Cinema Sirens
  • The Sweet Ride tribute video

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