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542 Ratings


Directed by Hal Ashby
United States, 1975
Comedy, Drama


Thirty-something George Roundy is a Beverly Hills hairdresser, who spends as much time sleeping with his female clients as he does doing their hair. Whether they want to admit it, all the women in his life are on the most part aware that they are are not the only one with whom he is sleeping.

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Shampoo Directed by Hal Ashby

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1976 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1976 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

BAFTA Awards

1976 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Writers Guild of America

1976 | Winner: Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1976 | 5 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Shampoo

    A real gem from Hal Ashby that deserves to be mentioned alongside Harold & Maude: a counterculture update of screwball comedy, built around the delicious idea of Warren Beatty as a genius stylist of hair (except his own) who keeps dimwittedly falling into bed with one woman or another as if he has no say in the matter. The Nixon election backdrop works great, and best of all, it arrives in warm, contemplative places.

  • nouvelle vague 1960's rating of the film Shampoo

    Released in the aftermath of the Watergate Affair."Shampoo" is set on the eve of the 1968 Presidential Election.Beatty is a popular hairdresser,who is trying to move on in his life,but his constantly being dragged back by the women around him and his own weaknesses.By the end of the film,he realises what he must do,but its all too late!This satire on 1970's sexual politics is often amusing and at times foreboding.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Shampoo

    Beatty has one of his most appealing roles as a womanizing hairdresser trying to get his own beauty shop. He doesn't want to conform to the Man for investors but money forces him to do so. Capitalism breaks all down & this film, co-written by Beatty himself, fits right into his socialist filmography. It's also a self-aware (for 1975) critique of toxic masculinity & a deconstruction of so-called ladies men. Great film

  • Warren Spratley's rating of the film Shampoo

    Ashby's LA RONDE. The director spends considerable time detailing the network of lovers who find themselves within Beatty's ambit. Relational boundaries begin overlapping & the film descends into a night fraught with political & existential desperation. Sallitt notes there are "so many people lost in thought with no one to talk to." Ashby's blocking & his deep understanding of the fear of loneliness are so profound.

  • Dzimas's rating of the film Shampoo

    I watched it the other night. Julie Christie looked ravishing. The ending was a downer for such a fun, free-wheeling movie. At least Ashby didn't have Beatty driving off the edge of a cliff in his red Triumph motorbike.

  • Owen Sound's rating of the film Shampoo

    "I could get you whatever you want." / "Well, what I really want is to suck his cock." - Oh Julie Christie, you saucy minx.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Shampoo

    'Let's face it...I f..ked them all' Towne and Beatty's timely script must have played as high satire at time of release looking at a hairdresser/lothario juggling women because that's all he's ever done. Set on the night of the '68 precedential election the film shoots at some pretty easy targets. Dated beyond belief with modern eyes but some performances still shine especially Jack Warden and Lee Grant.

  • Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Shampoo

    There's something dissatisfying about this film, one I've always wanted to like but that's never gripped me on the numerous occasions I've tried watching it. I wish it was funnier, that the satirical edge was sharper and that I cared more for the main characters. Nevertheless, Ashby is clearly in control of the piece visually and the performances are never less than outstanding across the board.

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