• The Day of the Locust (1975)

The Day of the Locust

Release Date: 1975

R |2 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

In 1930s Los Angeles, Hollywood shines like a beacon to all the helpless people scattered across the city. In one crumbling apartment block, a blond bombshell (Karen Black) aspires to be an actress, an artist (William Atherton) looks for legitimacy, and a child actor performs a gross homage to Mae West. Cockfights and poverty prevail out of the glow of show business. Introverted accountant Homer Simpson (Donald Sutherland) watches as society collapses under greed and ambition.

Cast: Donald Sutherland, William Atherton, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Geraldine Page, Richard Dysart, Bo Hopkins, Pepe Serna

Director: John Schlesinger

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Love triangle, Los Angeles, Temptation, Melodramatic, Cool, 1930s, Fall, Intense

Awards

Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Art Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama