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By Tom Lisanti
Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films by Andrew Antonaides and Mike Siegel from Dalton Watson Fine Books is one of the finest, most lavish movie books about a single actor that I have ever read. All of iconic superstar Steve McQueen’s films are equally discussed from his classics (The Blob, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, Papillon), to his lesser known earlier movies (Never Love a Stranger, The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery)An Enemy of the People, The Hunter), to his misfires (The Honeymoon Machine, Soldier in the Rain, Baby the Rain Must Fall), to his TV series (Wanted: Dead or Alive). Most coffee table-type movie books that I have encountered are extravagantly- made, featuring glorious photographs, but containing very little substance. However, Steve McQueen »
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When one thinks of Steve McQueen, the last thing that pops into that person’s mind is the iconic actor acting like a loveable oaf, opposite someone like Jackie Gleason. However, that’s exactly the case when it comes to the underrated gem of a comedy, Soldier In The Rain.
A 1963 film produced by Pink Panther helmer and comedy giant Blake Edwwards, Soldier stars Gleason and McQueen, and is based on the William Goldman novel of the same name. Helmed by Ralph Nelson (best known for films like Requiem For A Heavyweight, also starring Gleason), the film itself is arguably better known for being released during the same week as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but it’s also an absolutely wonderful comedy, that still garners laugh after laugh to this day.
Seeing a proper DVD release thanks to the Warner Archive, Soldier in the Rain follows the friendship »
- Joshua Brunsting
Soldier in the Rain is an odd film. It is a buddy-comedy sprinkled with dramatic and romantic elements but that isn’t the odd part. What’s peculiar is the unlikely pairing of Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners) and Steve McQueen (The Great Escape). These two actors can’t be any more different and their chemistry in this film from 1963 can’t be any more lacking. They both try to click with one another but sadly, they fall pretty short.
Gleason plays the role of MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter, an intelligent career-military man who dabbles in sarcasm. He has a friend in the service, Sgt. Eustis Clay a younger and more ambitious man played by a very goofy McQueen. Together, these two soldiers hatch the occasional idea or scheme in attempts to get rich quick. Through a series of failed schemes which start to irritate Maxwell, Eustis decides to make things right »
3 items from 2011
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