Opening Soon...One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

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goldiechick (3 years ago)
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The same year Gene and Roger started as a team on television was "Saturday Night Live." The fall of 1975 was a groundbreaking year for television that launched Siskel and Ebert and "Saturday Night Live" and both TV concepts are still here with us today. Here’s Gene at age 29 and Roger at age 33, and Roger just got his Pulitzer. Gradepoint, you are the best little boy who would grow to be a true blue Siskel and Ebert fan. The boys would be so pleased!
ebertfan788 (3 years ago)
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Wow, the very first episode! Never ever thought I would see this!

A very special thanks to Gradepoint for this upload!
Richard Perrotti (6 years ago)
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Wow! I certainly remember watching "Sneak Previews" on WNET in NY but to see the precursor here is remarkable! Who says miracles don’t happen?
FuzzyMemoriesTV (3 years ago)
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Wow, where did this come from? WTTW? Roger’s personal stash? Gradepoint - are you affiliated with Roger Ebert directly?
Algonquin J. Calhoun (2 years ago)
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This shows that Teddy Roosevelt was right: The best goes to the man who does, and the critic is mere nothing. Paraphrased, but these guys are horrible then, horrible now, and not even worth the scruff of a carpet.
gradepoint (5 years ago)
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You went to the trouble of creating an account just so you could trash Siskel and Ebert??
Michael P. Clement (6 years ago)
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Your entitled to your opinion, no matter how off base that opinion may be. These 2 men have a great passion for films. You may or may not always agree with their opinions. But in my opinion their reviews whether good or bad, are extremely articulate and thoughtful. I admire so very much both Gene (God Rest His soul), and Roger’s love for film, which i share. These 2 men are treasures in my opinion, as is the fine work they have done for the history of film, and television.
Elder Geek (4 years ago)
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Mr. "Calhoun" is a pompous jack@ss, with no understanding of film, criticism, or common courtesy... but who feels entitled to offer his own noxious from of criticism nonetheless. He is entitled to his opinion alright, just as I’m entitled to mine: You, sir, are a waste of breathing space.
altimules (6 years ago)
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First of all, a wonderful and kind "first comment", Ms Goldie.

Secondly, I hope to extend a heartfelt notion of gratitude to both Clement and gradepoint. So many of us are simply fans. You’ve become champions, and i hope you understand a notion of our appreciation.

And thanks to the ’Elder Geek’. you fight the good fight...

Fourthly, hail the grand poobah.

In conclusion, i would like to thank the academy..
Michael P. Clement (6 years ago)
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My pleasure altimules. I also must extend my gratitude to gradepoint for bringing us these historic television moments.
Kevin Urbanek (6 years ago)
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Thank you for sharing this! And Michael Clement said it well. Both men provided great insight that I am thankful for.
saucers79 (5 years ago)
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Thanks guys. This stuff is gold. I still can’t get over Gene’s moustache.
Pasolinifan (5 years ago)
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Roger Ebert’s comment on Easy Rider is strange. "The picture came alive when he was on the screen, wasn’t so good when he wasn’t". Yet Ebert listed it on his top ten for that year and later add it to his Great Movies canon.
subcin (4 years ago)
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Compared to their later feisty banter, they both seem in this episode like they shared a dose of valium. First time nerves, I guess. This is a great historic clip!
TheRedBaron1985 (5 years ago)
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Cool! I’m so glad I finally got to see the very first show with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. Gradepoint, you’re one true hero!
iconocrat (5 years ago)
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It’s really cool to see this! There’s no need to apologize for the video quality, considering this is 35 years old.
TheJAMMan (6 years ago)
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Now this is the start of "Siskel & Ebert"! And the "thumb’s up" and "thumb’s down" ratings wasn’t until 1982 when "At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert" premieres. Great episode! Love it! 10/10.
MoleKingQ (6 years ago)
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How polite they are.
booharv1 (6 years ago)
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rofl I’m in heaven.
speedyboris (6 years ago)
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As much as I love seeing the very first televised pairing of S&E for historical purposes, this episode is actually a pretty dull first outing for the duo. Both have a very low energy level and barely disagree with each other. They also seem a little nervous, though I guess that’s to be expected.
Iker89 (6 years ago)
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you can tell they hated each other back then..:))
lordofthejimmy (6 years ago)
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There’s an interesting comment by Gene at 18:44 "I think people are expecting us to disagree a lot..." I’m sure Siskel and Ebert, along with the producers, thought their arguments would generate more ratings for the show. Gene is indeed foreshadowing what’s to come later on.

Like everyone said, the boys are quite mellow here, obviously they are figuring out what the show is. Obviously Gene and Roger were going to recommend "Cukoo’s Nest." However they do have some fun moments from time to time here.

25:23 "Lisztomania" is the one disagreement in the show, and previews some of the classic arguments that are to come later.

As everyone said, thanks for uploading this. I’ve been wanting to see it for a while.
Tha Critic (6 years ago)
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Great, thanks.
MoviesNick (6 years ago)
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A wonderful first episode of a wonderful show. I deeply appreciate your efforts to keep these shows in the public domain, Gradepoint! They should never be lost.

Check out my blog for film criticism and comment: ahillofbeans-moviesnick.blogspot.com
Ecstatic Me (6 years ago)
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I Can’t Thank You for this site!!!
John K (6 years ago)
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i love that the opening ragtime music is actually a Billy Joel song - "Root Beer Rag". nice.
thevgman (6 years ago)
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Look at Gene Siskel! Rockin the mustache!
TVarchives (6 years ago)
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Just joined everyone. Can someone tall me about this website? Thank You for putting it up. What happened to the official Siskel and Ebert Site?
Theli (6 years ago)
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I like the fact that Ebert’s jacket has the same color and pattern as Siskel’s shirt, and Siskel’s jacket has the same color as Ebert’s shirt.
help4343 (6 years ago)
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Roger talks like he is on NPR in the video.
Slappy (5 years ago)
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So what are you doing on their website, loser?
movielover40 (5 years ago)
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who ever thought of this web site THANK YOU
Joe (5 years ago)
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Ironic because Nicholson’s now won more Academy Awards than any other male actors…and he of course won that year for “One Flew”.
dancegene1 (5 years ago)
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Has anyone here ever met or saw Siskel or Ebert? What was your impression? Thak you gradepoint, for bringing us this priceless website.It makes me happy.
dancegene1 (5 years ago)
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Can’t thank you enough...
gradepoint (5 years ago)
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@ dancegene1; It’s been my pleasure, and I’m sure I can say the same for firstmagnitude.

Firstmag and myself have both had the pleasure of corresponding with Mr. Ebert on occassion via email.
MatthewJames65 (5 years ago)
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WOW Ebert lost weight !!!! He was huge.
Bryan Foreman (5 years ago)
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One of the few times that I disagree with both men. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest more than exceeded my expectations. Great movie!
gradepoint (4 years ago)
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I will delete all inappropriate/offensive/spam comments from this and all threads. I do not believe in censoring opinions as long as they considered opinions, but clear-cut, disrespectful comments meant simply to antagonize will be deleted every time. Thank you.
MrNoCal (4 years ago)
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I have never seen this before! Thanks so much for uploading it gradepoint!
What’s most fascinating to me is that although their reviews/discussion is just as intelligent as we’ve loved all these years, they were so stiff and seemed almost like schoolboys forced by their papers to do this show. It just lacked the personality and energy of their later shows. Probably "first time" jitters, I guess. Still great to see though!
gluserty (4 years ago)
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I think one of the cool things about Siskel & Ebert is that both of them were life gamers.

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gradepoint
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The episode that started it all. Began Nov. 1975 and was on once a month for Chicago public television, WTTW. I hope you’ll excuse the quality.

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