Shampoo (1975)

Drama | English | 110 minutes


A George Roundy is a successful Beverly Hills hairdresser. His job and charisma provide him with the perfect platform to meet and have sex with beautiful women. George dreams of opening his own salon so he pitches Felicia, a client and sex partner, and her wealthy husband Lester, to bankroll him. George is also aware that Lester is having a serious affair with Jackie, George’s  former mistress. Meanwhile, George’s current girlfriend, Jill, finds one of Felicia’s earrings in the bed. Jill is furious.  George’s pursuit of beautiful women and his promiscuity is starting to depress him. He decides to meet Jackie on a hilltop overlooking her house and propose marriage. Jackie  tells  George he’s too late. Lester informed Jackie he is divorcing Felicia and  will marry her on their trip to Acapulco. George is bereft as Jackie departs. He’s now alone on the hilltop sadly watching Jackie drive away to meet Lester. 

Warren Beatty (George Roundy) / Julie Christie (Jackie Shawn) / Goldie Hawn (Jill Haynes) / Lee Grant (Felicia Karpf) / Jack Warden (Lester)
Why Stream This Film?
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus stated, “SHAMPOO trains a darkly comic lens on post-Nixon America, aiming at – and often hitting – an array of timely targets.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 62%
  • Metacritic Score: 65
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lee Grant); Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Warden); Best Screenplay (Robert Towne, Warren Beatty)
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards: Winner, Best Screenplay (Robert Towne, Warren Beatty)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Best Actress (Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn); Best Supporting Actress (Lee Grant)
SHAMPOO offers a sharp sexual satire and a mature statement on both America and Hollywood in 1968.


Hal Ashby has the deftness to keep us conscious of the whirring pleasures of the carnal-farce structure and yet to give it free play. This is the most virtuoso example of sophisticated, kaleidoscopic facrce that American moviemakers have yet come up with.
Pauline Kael

The New Yorker

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