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A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  1 July 1966 (France)
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Comedy western in which a traveler bets more money than he can afford in a poker game, and unusual events follow.

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A naive couple and a child arrive to the town on the way to San Antonio, Texas to buy a farm there. There is a poker game between the richest men in the region. The man cannot resist it and though he is a very bad poker player, enters the game betting all the money of his family. In the climax of the game he suffers a heart-attack. His wife then takes his place in the table. That's the only way of recovering their savings. But there is a little problem. Can anybody explain her how to play poker? Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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Big Hand for a Little Lady and The Sting (1973) are both movies about swindling big shot gamblers who were used to swindling unsuspecting players. These two movies are also connected by the actors who starred in them. Joanne Woodward, who starred in 'Big Hand', was married (for 50 years) to Paul Newman, who starred in 'The Sting'. See more »

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Toward the end of the movie, the banjo players are playing five-string banjos which didn't exist until well after the turn of the century. See more »

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Sam Rhine, Hotel Owner: I'm not in the thinking business.
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Written by Edgar Smith and John Stromberg
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This comedy is an ironic and sarcastic film, very fun.
2 August 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

This is a film that adds comedy, drama and western, and tells the story of a poker game is considered the most important of the West for the amount of money bet, personality and social highlight of the players, its long tradition (16 years of playing) and they regularly meet once year in the place, date and time agreed. The event raises great expectations and the winner becomes a folk hero of legend.

The script of the film is ironic and sarcastic. It has a good character building. The dialogue is strong, short and accurate, with artful twists free of traps and rich sense of humor, surprise, please and get to make the film a fun and entertaining work. The combination of suspense and humor is well achieved: both factors are complementary.

The film has an excellent cast, manages to recreate a powerful story, told with great austerity of means, but that keeps us interested until the last second. Henry Fonda as a parent who fails to overcome his penchant for gambling, shows modest and emotional, and plunges us into a dramatic character which threatens all our hopes. Joanne Woodward, imposes a strong woman character, ready to defend her rights until the end. And with them, Jason Robards, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Middleton, Burgess Meredith, manage to give the best result to a story that will be well remembered and that will be good to recommend to the great fans of the card game.


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