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Bunny O'Hare (1971)

Bunny is a penniless widow who blackmails a robber into teaching her the trade. Soon the pair starts a successful crime spree, and the cops aren't turning a blind eye.

Director:

Gerd Oswald

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Stanley Z. Cherry (screenplay), Coslough Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Bunny O'Hare
Ernest Borgnine ... Bill Green (Gruenwald)
Jack Cassidy ... Lieutenant Horace Greeley
Joan Delaney Joan Delaney ... R.J. Hart
Jay Robinson ... John C. Rupert
John Astin ... Ad O'Hare
Reva Rose Reva Rose ... Lulu
Robert Foulk ... Commissioner Dingle
Brayden Linden Brayden Linden ... Frank
Karen Mae Johnson Karen Mae Johnson ... Lola (as Karen Rae Johnson)
Francis R. Cody Francis R. Cody ... Rhett (as Francis Cody)
Darra Lyn Tobin Darra Lyn Tobin ... Elvira (as Darra Lynn Tobin)
Hank Whickham Hank Whickham ... Speed
J. Rob Jordan J. Rob Jordan ... Policeman Nerdman
Herb Marlis Herb Marlis ... Lloyd
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Aged Bunny O'Hare has just lost everything, the Bank of New Mexico which has foreclosed on her mortgage and demolished her house. What possessions of hers that were not repossessed by creditors were destroyed in the demolition. Bunny feels she cannot ask her adult children, Ad and Lulu, for help, as they depend on her. In reality, Ad and Lulu are ungrateful and selfish, wallowing in financial holes of their own making. The one person who seems to provide her some help in at least offering to drop her off wherever she may need or want to go is the man who gutted the house of the plumbing fixtures to sell in Mexico, while she doesn't know that he's really just trying to lose her anywhere. Things change when she discovers that he is William Gruenwald, an escaped convict who was behind bars for bank robbery. She offers him a blackmail deal which he has no choice but to accept: she won't turn him into the police in return for he teaching her how to rob banks. She figures that the Bank of ... Written by Huggo

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Enjoy those GOLDEN YEARS with a holiday filled with fun and profit! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bunny und Bill See more »

Filming Locations:

Belen, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Star Bette Davis brought suit claiming the production company censored her dialogue and destroyed the film. The lawsuit was later dropped. See more »

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Towards the beginning of the movie they pull into an A&W Drive-In, yet inside the car he is drinking from a Dairy Queen cup. See more »

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Bunny O'Hare: The bank took it away.
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References Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) See more »

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Right Or Wrong - The Ballad of Bunny O'Hare
Written by Mack David & Mike Curb
Instrumental version Performed by Mike Curb
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Damn commie hippie freaks
28 December 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In a most unusual role for Bette Davis she's playing the title role in Bunny O'Hare with her partner Ernest Borgnine from The Catered Affair. Ernie maybe doing plumbing sales now, but back when he was younger he was a notorious bank robber.

Davis is having a cash flow problem mainly because of her two parasitic children, John Astin and Reva Rose. She's constantly giving them money, especially to Astin who's a degenerate gambler. Her house has also been foreclosed because she can't pay her own mortgage.

What to do but get a new source of money. So Borgnine comes out of retirement and trains Bette. They work out a lovely disguise as a pair of hippies on a motorcycle.

Wouldn't you know it, they happen to get an investigating officer in Jack Cassidy who is a vigorous opponent of the counter culture. His absolute hatred of the protesting counterculture generation blinds him in pursuing other leads.

One weakness of Bunny O'Hare is that I cannot believe Davis and Borgnine kept using the same method in their robberies. They pull off about half a dozen or more robberies and you would think that the bank guards would be ready for it. Won't tell you what it is, but the state of New Mexico's banks are being flipped the bird.

New Mexico at the time had a Governor named David Cargo who made one of the main points of his program to attract film companies to shoot in his state. Several films of varying quality were done there and Cargo always inserted himself in a small role.

I have to classify Bunny O'Hare as one of the few full blown comedies that Bette Davis did since leaving Warner Brothers. I'm sure she did that deliberately looking for something different. She's quite a bit subdued here, even generous as the laughs go to her supporting players. Most especially Jack Cassidy and John Astin.

Bette's fans will most definitely not get the Davis they're used to, but the film is pleasant viewing with a few chuckles besides.


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